One of the biggest issues that small businesses struggle with is their owner’s inability to step away from his or her business. I consulted one of the most successful restaurant owners in North Texas, and I asked him to take a week off. His answer was. “No one knows how to buy groceries for the kitchen.”
I challenged him to teach someone else to buy groceries and write a procedure that can guide his staff to buy groceries. He did, and when I asked him to take a week off again, his answer was, “I have to supervise my kitchen staff to ensure that the food is being cooked correctly.”
This example is not unique. Small business owners struggle with stepping away from their businesses every day. They make up excuses for why they can not take time off. My rule is simple: when you find yourself making an excuse, develop a guideline to that specific task. If you think people do not know how to do something, provide them with guidelines, and train them.
Some business owners like to be in control and stepping away, make them feel that they are losing control. To change that, owners need to develop systems and procedures to guide their team.
If you learn how to step away from your business, you will become more productive. If you want to make $250 per hour, stop doing tasks that can be outsourced for $9 or you can have some else do it.
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