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Old 11-21-2013, 10:32 AM
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Owning your business (help)

I have this crazy idea of having a self sufficient business that runs itself. Basically I can come and go as i please and it continues to thrive. I don't know many business in this industry that have achieved this. So I know this will be hard work and take along time and I was wondering if there is a good book or books that talk about how to do this in the service industry. Also share any thoughts of the topic you may have. If anyone has achieved this let me know, I might pm you some questions.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:08 PM
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I have this crazy idea of marrying a woman that can take care of herself, that allows me to come and go as I like...lol.

On a serious note, I worked for a guy that "let his business run itself" He's no longer in business. FWIW.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:17 PM
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I have this crazy idea of marrying a woman that can take care of herself, that allows me to come and go as I like...lol.

On a serious note, I worked for a guy that "let his business run itself" He's no longer in business. FWIW.
Drats, that's why I am single.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:14 PM
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Still working on it myself.

You need to create systems. Then you use these systems to train your replacements (employees). Keep replacing yourself in various aspects of your company's operations and eventually you will have a company that is pretty much self sufficient.

I've convinced myself that this is the process to follow:

First step is to remove yourself from all physical labor duties (your focus is on sales, job site management, accounting, business operations, executive management).

Step two is to remove yourself from daily business operations. A good operations manager should be able to handle almost every aspect of running the office/scheduling/ordering/bookkeeping/accounts payable/accounts receivable/human resources/marketing/etc. (your focus is on sales, job site management, executive management).

Step 3 is to remove yourself from job site management (your focus is on sales, executive management, and you start to reinsert yourself into some of the accounting functions because as your company grows your operations manager will start to become overwhelmed with the workload).

Step 4 is to remove yourself from sales (your focus is on executive management and you fully reinsert yourself into the accounting functions so that the operations manager can focus his/her attention on everything else).

Step 5 is to remove yourself from accounting (your focus is now solely on executive management).

Step 6 is to remove yourself from executive management by hiring a CEO (your focus is to communicate to the CEO your desired path for the company's direction and then sit back and watch it happen while you count the money).

Note: I also think it might be possible to switch steps 4 and 5.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:20 PM
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Still working on it myself.

You need to create systems. Then you use these systems to train your replacements (employees). Keep replacing yourself in various aspects of your company's operations and eventually you will have a company that is pretty much self sufficient.

I've convinced myself that this is the process to follow:

First step is to remove yourself from all physical labor duties (your focus is on sales, job site management, accounting, business operations, executive management).

Step two is to remove yourself from daily business operations. A good operations manager should be able to handle almost every aspect of running the office/scheduling/ordering/bookkeeping/accounts payable/accounts receivable/human resources/marketing/etc. (your focus is on sales, job site management, executive management).

Step 3 is to remove yourself from job site management (your focus is on sales, executive management, and you start to reinsert yourself into some of the accounting functions because as your company grows your operations manager will start to become overwhelmed with the workload).

Step 4 is to remove yourself from sales (your focus is on executive management and you fully reinsert yourself into the accounting functions so that the operations manager can focus his/her attention on everything else).

Step 5 is to remove yourself from accounting (your focus is now solely on executive management).

Step 6 is to remove yourself from executive management by hiring a CEO (your focus is to communicate to the CEO your desired path for the company's direction and then sit back and watch it happen while you count the money).

Note: I also think it might be possible to switch steps 4 and 5.
I'd be happy to get to 5. I've had a similar thought process on how to do it. Now how do you make an employment system that promotes productivity and responsibility without you cracking the whip?
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:50 PM
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Now how do you make an employment system that promotes productivity and responsibility without you cracking the whip?[/size]
There's a great book called "Drive" by Daniel Pink which talks about what motivates people/employees. It's an easy read, with heaps of examples and based on real research.

Well worth taking the time to check it out. It certainly changed my perspective on how to motivate employees.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:56 PM
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There's a great book called "Drive" by Daniel Pink which talks about what motivates people/employees. It's an easy read, with heaps of examples and based on real research.

Well worth taking the time to check it out. It certainly changed my perspective on how to motivate employees.
http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Surprisi...by+daniel+pink Buying it now, looks good
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:52 AM
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I'd be happy to get to 5. I've had a similar thought process on how to do it. Now how do you make an employment system that promotes productivity and responsibility without you cracking the whip?
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Written employee handbooks, employee training manual, detailed job descriptions, policy & procedure manual, reviews & evaluations, warnings, company hierarchy, etc. "Systems" start with documentation.

You have to hire only the best and retaining only the best.

You have to train your employees to use your systems and you have to empower your employees to keep the systems under their control as efficient, productive and profitable as possible without sacrificing quality. Then you need to reward your employees when the improve your system.

The employee needs to take ownership of the systems within their control. You need to release that system to the employee and give the employee all the "tools" they need to be successful at their position. You need to hold your employees accountable and you need to set goals with your employees.

Read "The One Minute Manager" by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson as well as the other books in this series. They are all easy reads and they are short and very informative "stories".
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:58 AM
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Written employee handbooks, employee training manual, detailed job descriptions, policy & procedure manual, reviews & evaluations, warnings, company hierarchy, etc. "Systems" start with documentation.

You have to hire only the best and retaining only the best.

You have to train your employees to use your systems and you have to empower your employees to keep the systems under their control as efficient, productive and profitable as possible without sacrificing quality. Then you need to reward your employees when the improve your system.

The employee needs to take ownership of the systems within their control. You need to release that system to the employee and give the employee all the "tools" they need to be successful at their position. You need to hold your employees accountable and you need to set goals with your employees.

Read "The One Minute Manager" by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson as well as the other books in this series. They are all easy reads and they are short and very informative "stories".
So with all these procedures, do you think its still possible to stay competitive price wise??? I have a little experience with that from a past job, and it was a time hog.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:17 PM
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So with all these procedures, do you think its still possible to stay competitive price wise??? I have a little experience with that from a past job, and it was a time hog.
Yes. The time you invest up front to lay a solid foundation for a successful business is a longterm investment so do not expect an immediate return on that investment.
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