My wife and I just got back from our vacation in Puerto Rico on Saturday and we had a blast. Now it is back to “normal” life as we returned home to a sick toddler. Thanks to everyone that gave us input and advice for our trip. It was a ton of fun.
While we were on vacation, I couldn’t help but think how I could somewhat easily run my business from Puerto Rico while our operations remained here in Illinois. I have worked hard to put people and systems into place to get as close as possible to having my event business run without me. I must admit it is somewhat tempting to be a young snowbird and travel to a beach location for the winter months and avoid the snow here in the Midwest. Then I remember that a 4.5 hour flight with two young children and being a couple thousand miles from our babysitters would be quite an adjustment.
So, onto business bottlenecks. First, let me put it out there (and I don’t have time to fully explain in this short email), you are the bottleneck in your business. This is true of any business owner. Your skills, attitude, and vision is what holds back the business. A long vacation is a great way to find exactly what the bottleneck is that you create.
Go away for awhile. Do you get phonecalls from staff that need you? Do you have a stack of work waiting upon your return? Could you have better trained and empowered someone to handle those items? My Monday morning meeting was pretty short today (under 5 minutes). I felt a little unnecessary but also great in that things took care of themselves. That is the goal. For the business to run without me and make money even in my physical absence.
Take a moment to think about what it would be like to have a business that worked for you instead of you working in your business. That doesn’t mean you can’t work in the business. If you enjoy it, then great but that is the only reason you are working is for enjoyment. This is the level of freedom I help people to achieve in their own businesses. This is what we work in when someone steps up and says they have had enough and are tired of spinning their wheels year after year. They are tired on missing out on family time and living their own life. They want to be at their children’s sporting events without worrying about their company or maybe they want to spend some time traveling the world. This is all possible when people realize that they are the bottleneck and put their foot down and decide they have had enough.
Serious stuff today but very important.
Profit 911 Consulting
P.S. Big announcement coming later this week…