Do I Have to Do EVERYTHING Myself?!

The air in my client's office nearly crackled with her irritation. A scheduling snafu had left a client without important services. "I guess I just have to do everything myself," she ranted.

My calling as a small business consultant requires that I maintain objectivity in the face of a client's frustration and anger. My calling as a human being and a small business owner myself leads me to empathize with what she was feeling at the moment.

It often seems, as small business owners, that we do indeed have to do everything ourselves. No one understands our business like we do, no one has the single minded dedication that we do. But here is a simple truth: If you have to do everything yourself, you're not doing it right.

Now, my client knows this and because she does, she operates a growing, successful company. But, we all have our moments.

You see, in the beginning, your business is you. You are the president, the bookkeeper, the janitor, and the one who makes the product or performs the service. It is at this crucial time that you can best impact the future of your business. If you don't separate yourself from the day-to-day aspects of your company, you will run yourself into the ground.

Taking the approach of "I have to do everything myself" is a great recipe for burnout. How do I know?

GULP! Well, uh, um?it happened to me-yup! ME. Big know-it-all smarty-pants small business consultant. I walked right up to the trap and stuck my foot in it. And suddenly, I found myself so depressed and frustrated, I was ready to walk away from the business I had spent years building.

How did it happen? Did I lose my passion for helping small businesses succeed? Not at all. I still cared very deeply. So, what was the problem? I asked myself this question over and over as I repeatedly banged my head against the wall.

The problem was this: I was trying to be "The Solution". I was trying to do everything for everybody and still work on my own business. What's wrong with that? Being the solution is what business is all about, isn't it? If my customer has a need shouldn't I step up and try to fill that need?

Look at it this way, I'm a consultant. My job is to teach others how to do what needs to be done. A small business doesn't need an MBA to do the payroll. A small business needs a payroll system that works long-term. My job is to set up systems that work, to develop systems that are sustainable and workable solutions for the business at all stages of growth.

Once a system is working, it then becomes my job to teach others how it works. Then, the System becomes "The Solution." I am merely an "Interim Solution." I learn, I teach, I get out of the way. Only then have I truly taken care of my customer.

Apply this to your own business. Are you performing tasks that take you away from your most important functions? Are you focusing on the long-term growth of your business or are you spending all your time on activities for which you are merely an "Interim Solution"? By focusing on what is truly important, you're better able to find the balance between what is best for your customers and your business.

If you're one of the millions of Small Business Owners who is: feeling stressed and disorganized, tired of working long hours for less you're worth, and struggling for focus, Small Business Mastermind, Caroline Jordan MBA has a Special Report just for you. It's called "Seven Secrets for Small Business Success". Get it by going to http://www.TheJordanResult.com . It won't cost you one red cent. Get it now. Start improving your business today.

In The News:

Small Business Adapting  Fullerton Observer

Lack of Vigilance Can Harm the Bottom Line

The easiest way to lift profits is to cut the... Read More

Business Relationships Defined

What makes a business relationship?What really makes a business relationship?... Read More

Pressure Washing Business and Post Fire Cleanups

Many have not experienced a fire up close. One year... Read More

Small Business Survival

In today's economic climate, the first priority for the small... Read More

Small Business Grants - Tips from the Pros

Every business starts with an idea or a dream. To... Read More

Cleaning Service Stations with a Pressure Washer

Fuel prices these days are quite high and they take... Read More

Pressure Washing Market Niche

Those who are in the pressure washer business should not... Read More

How the Humble Ice Cube Made Business History

Gather round while I tell you the story of Kennebec... Read More

Collaborative Negotiating: A Win-Win Strategy

COLLABORATIVE NEGOTIATING:Collaborative negotiating is a win-win strategy that can focus... Read More

More Rules for Franchising?

The FTC- Mighty Federal Trade Commission has unilaterally decided to... Read More

Lawyers Everywhere Telling Regulators What Laws to Make

The Federal Trade Commission decided to sit down and revamp... Read More

Reverse Merger: Have They Taken the Reverse out of Reverse Merger?

Are the promoters and consultants destroying the market for Reverse... Read More

Entrepreneurs Ask: What Can a Virtual Assistant Do For Me?

Great question!Freeing your time is an indisputably key element in... Read More

Joint Venture Your Way to Extraordinary Sales!

You know what makes me really happy? Drinking a Starbucks... Read More

The Types of Skip Trace Accounts

First, we need to define the different kinds of skip... Read More

Starting a New Business in a Small Town

Q. I am a former pastor who left the ministry... Read More

Asking the RIGHT Questions

Which questions do you need to ask to even get... Read More

Small Business and Branding ? Why and How?

When we speak of branding most of the time people... Read More

Pressure Washing Business Case Study, Tractor Cleaning

So often small service businesses fail to exploit niches, which... Read More

Employee Email and Internet Use - A Small Business Guide

IntroductionIt is widely recognised that Email and the Internet is... Read More

Smart PR Tactics for Small Businesses

Small businesses need Public Relations, possibly more than large corporations,... Read More

Serious About Writing A Business Plan... Start A Business Plan Library

Tap these treasures of ideas. The best money you can... Read More

Pressure Washing Aircraft Hangers at the Airport

If you are looking for a way to own your... Read More

Leverage The Power of Publicity For Your Small Business

Your business is only as good as the number of... Read More

Due Dilegence 101 Or What You Do Not Know Can Kill You! - Part 1

Introduction: This article is written as a general discussion on... Read More