This is a message for all the business owners out there who just can’t see how they can grow anymore.
Your business is already successful, you make a good profit and have some reliable clients. Maybe you’ve made a name for yourself in the local area. Things are going well, a fact you are happy to report to distant relatives at the annual family reunion and vague acquaintances at summer BBQs. There are things you don’t tell them though, the hidden side of your business.
You don’t tell them that you stayed up until 1 am last night trying to sort out that paperwork, that you spend all the hours you have working with clients and then all the hours you don’t have actually working on the business.
You don’t tell them that you rarely see your partner and the children think you and your laptop are surgically attached. You definitely don’t tell them that you can’t imagine how you’ll keep this up for much longer, and that growing the business is totally out of the question!
I understand. I’ve been there too. I had grown a business that I truly loved, but sometimes it felt like a runaway train! The more successful the business was, the more there was for me to do and every day felt like a struggle. I had worked so hard to create this business, dreaming of the life I was building, and yet it felt like things were getting out of control. I wondered if I would ever have time to enjoy the results of my hard work.
If you feel the same, know that I understand. It feels as if those dreams are slipping out of your grasp, as if they were meant for other people. People who have some magic ability to fit 50 hours of work into a 24 hour day.
Yet here I am, telling you to think bigger!
I know it seems impossible, but it’s not. I decided to franchise my business. It wasn’t easy, there were plenty of ups and downs along the way but it changed my life. I made £165K in my first year, and I got back time for myself and my family. I was actually working fewer hours, but my business was far bigger and I was making more money!
If I can do it, I believe that you can do it too. You can take control, and take your business to the next level. You can turn your local success story into a national empire if that’s your dream, and you can make more money while working less.
You can enjoy your weekends again.
I know you can do it, and I’m here to support you.