If you’re working for yourself, do you like your job?
Jake sure didn’t.
Jake had a web development firm doing mostly local web sites. He’d gotten one good contract, but it was stressing him out more than it was helping him. He had 3 employees and work enough for 5, but he was afraid to hire more because he never knew what his cash flow was going to be. He also wasn’t sure how to go about setting up employee benefits, recruiting, or training employees to consistently deliver his projects.
We worked with him on resolving those issues. Within a year or so, we had helped him increase his profitability, growth, and organizational level so that he could focus on the thing he enjoyed doing most, which was marketing the business. He’s now making over three times the revenue, makes a good living doing work for the kinds of clients he wants, and has about 15 employees.
Three signs of business problems
You suspect you’d make more if you had a “regular job.” There are a lot of ways of making a pretty good living. Owning your own business or being self-employed doesn’t make much sense unless you’re making six figures, literally doing as much or as little work as you like, or both. That’s six figures going into your personal bank account for housing, cars, groceries, and the kid’s braces, NOT six figures running in and out of your bank account to pay business expenses.
You’re constantly stressed out. Yes, running your own business can get kind of exciting at times. But it shouldn’t be a chronic source of anxiety. You could work almost anywhere and have that.
Try a free coaching session (or two) to see if we can help.
A business coach isn’t going to help unless they’re a good fit with your personality and skill set. There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to sit down together with a one-on-one session or two. An introductory session where we get acquainted, and then, if we both see the potential in working together, a second session where we do some planning about how to move your business forward.
By that point, we will have a better idea about cost, but most coaching engagements cost between $500 and $1,500 a month, depending on the amount of work involved.
Is your business coaching for everyone?
Actually, it’s not. We do have some caveats:
You must be the business owner or at least have independent profit and loss responsibility as an independent contractor. So if you’re a Realtor™ or insurance producer and run your own book of business, let’s talk. If you work in someone else’s shop as an employee and wish they would run their business differently, send them our way (or talk to us about starting your own business).
There are some industries we don’t work with. Rather than list them all here, we’ll just say: if it’s not something we can tell people at church about, we’ll be taking a pass. Feel free to contact us if in doubt.
You must be interested in making positive changes in your business, and you must be willing to work harder and/or spend money in the short run to reap benefits. No one has ever solved a business problem by just talking about it.
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