Help! I’m Being Held Prisoner in My Business: How to Know When It’s Time to Grow

March 2005
by Florrie Binford Kichler

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“There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done–I’ll get caught up by working all weekend” (and the next weekend, and the next weekend…).

“I can’t believe I missed that deadline again–I swore last time I would give myself plenty of time, but _______[fill in the blank] came up and I was so busy working on it that I forgot.”

“Sorry, I can’t go to the [game, theater, a movie, etc.], I have to get this mailing out and there’s no one else to do it.”

“I have to increase sales and get more revenue coming in, but I don’t have enough money to hire help, but if I don’t get help I can’t get more sales.”

Does this sound like you? Not just some of the time, but most or all of the time? Are you tired of always taking “vacations” with your laptop (or never taking vacations at all) and of licking stamps for 1,000-piece mailings instead of working on long-term marketing initiatives? The best thing about a one-person business is that you don’t have to answer to anyone and can make all the decisions by yourself. The worst thing about a one-person business is that you are so swamped in the minutiae of operations that you rarely even ask questions of yourself, which means that crucial decisions don’t get made at all.

So how do you know when it’s time to grow? Your responses to the six key questions below will help…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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