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Business Owners: Do You Need A Vacation? Here is the Key

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.

To develop a great policy for your team, ask these questions.

  • What do I want the final product to look like?
  • How do I do it?
  • Why is it important to do it this way?
  • Is there a better way to do it?
  • Can this task be automated?
  • Who can do it? do they need any training?

For example, inspecting an apartment after the tenant leaves.

  • What do I want the final product to look like? Clean apartment.
  • How do I do it? Document everything that you do.
  • Why is it important to do it this way? It saves our company and our customers time and money.
  • Is there a better way to do it? Ask your team if there is a better way to perform this task.
  • Can this task be automated? Not at this time.
  • Who can do it? do they need any training? Check to see if someone on your team can do the task, if not, can you train someone? If you are a small company, can you outsource this task?

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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