Each year that I created a strategy for my business there was one goal that was ongoing and that was to scale. It’s a common end goal for every business because who wants to stay stagnant!
With that being said, scaling your business can mean something different for every business owner- Making more money, adding services, creating another stream of income, building a team.
For me scaling my business was building a team that would not only help me check tasks off my to-do list but also be there to support me as I hit my goals and be the right hands that I can trust and build a lasting relationship through the years.
Lesson 1: We can’t do it alone. Realizing we need help and can’t do everything on our own is hard to do, but once we embrace support there are endless opportunities for us.
Lesson 2: Not finding the dream team right off the bat is par the course. I wish I could say there is a way to find the right person each time, but the truth is, you do your best to vet candidates but sometimes they still don’t work out for one reason or another. Don’t get discouraged.
Lesson 3: You will have to let go of control and not micromanage. (THIS IS STILL HARD FOR ME) Especially since my business is my name this is still a struggle for me but I know the way to be an effective leader is to let your team rise to the occasion.
Lesson 4: Hire based on chemistry. Yes, this is something I truly believe in and have followed since my corporate days. Skills are important but how you click with someone is not something that can be taught.
Lesson 5: Lead (I AM STILL WORKING ON THIS) Don’t tell your team members every step of a process- Lead them. Often times they come up with something even better than what you had in mind.
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