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Old 02-21-2013, 04:03 PM
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Do you work "In" your business or "On" your business?

Do you work "In" your business or "On" your business?

What I mean is:

Can your business function without you there?

Or

Does every part of your business need to you to be there EVERY time because you need to perform every JOB?


Do you work for your business?

Or

Does your business work for you?


Do you work 80hr weeks?

Or

Do you enjoy normal work hours with time for family and friends?



Just thoughts......
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:15 PM
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At times all the above.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:34 PM
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At times all the above.
Same here depends on the day/week.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:41 PM
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Do you work "In" your business or "On" your business?

What I mean is:

Can your business function without you there? Basic tasks yes provided proper planning happens and i expect high overhead with small profit margins, but yes they can function on their own to a degree

Or

Does every part of your business need to you to be there EVERY time because you need to perform every JOB? every job no - a number of complicated jobs yes, and requires me to stay on top of anything that is outside the box, or needs special attention


Do you work for your business? i do billing and estimating, i do snow, the days of me mowing lawns are pretty much over

Or

Does your business work for you? no comment


Do you work 80hr weeks? well thats hard to track. durin the season i work 5 days per week 9 hour days at the shop, I then come home and may or may not do another 2 on the computer

Or

Do you enjoy normal work hours with time for family and friends? I take my weekends off 90% of the time. I dont get up early as much, and I dont work as late. im never really in the off position however



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interesting topic
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:53 PM
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I'll add a final thought

Do you have an exit strategy?




I'm not looking for answers really, just getting people to think and relate their experiences......

There are companies on here where there are both the people who work IN their business and those who work ON their business. The ON their business tends to be, in my eyes, the more successful. And I don't just mean dollars.....

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:22 PM
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Since Im Solo I am in reality MY BUSINESS, I do not generally work 80 hour weeks. I see once the fellers get big, there alaways in a rush and wont spend 5 seconds to even say hi.

There used to be afeller on here from Dallas who had multible crews and was extremely well organized.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:15 PM
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Since Im Solo I am in reality MY BUSINESS, I do not generally work 80 hour weeks. I see once the fellers get big, there alaways in a rush and wont spend 5 seconds to even say hi.

There used to be afeller on here from Dallas who had multible crews and was extremely well organized.
Did you plan to stay solo? Is that how you want to finish out your business?
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:28 PM
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Since Im Solo I am in reality MY BUSINESS, I do not generally work 80 hour weeks. I see once the fellers get big, there alaways in a rush and wont spend 5 seconds to even say hi.

There used to be afeller on here from Dallas who had multible crews and was extremely well organized.
Ditto!
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:22 PM
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good Post Last year I finally hired a driver and started letting my guys do more work on there own,This year I plan on hiring another driver and maybe a office person. So slowly but surely I am trying stop working in the business

I just read the E myth for the landscape Contractor and it talked about working on your business instead of in your business.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:09 PM
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good Post Last year I finally hired a driver and started letting my guys do more work on there own,This year I plan on hiring another driver and maybe a office person. So slowly but surely I am trying stop working in the business

I just read the E myth for the landscape Contractor and it talked about working on your business instead of in your business.
Great book. Just finished it..... Good to know you're finding this success.
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