Building your team really does give you the ability to grow your business much faster than trying to do it on your own. This means that you have to learn to delegate, avoid perfectionism and focus on the parts of the business that make you money (and that only you can do).
Build your team with the following people.
1. Business Coach – The odds are unless you went to college to get a business degree you have had no formal training in running a business. I can tell you that it isn’t normally something you are born with. It is a learned skill. Trying to build a business without business knowledge is a dangerous slope. A business coach can help you avoid the pitfalls that kill so many businesses. Remember that a business coach should be ahead of you on the road of business – they should be close to or where you want to be.
2. Assistants – Thank God for virtual assistants. You can hire assistants who will work from home to do everything from answer your phones, check your email, do your scheduling, create your web pages, customer relations, marketing and the list goes on and on. How do you find a good one? You check references, hire them on a temporary basis and don’t be afraid to say it isn’t working out when it isn’t working out.
3. Bookkeeper – Your numbers and your money are the lifeline of your business. You need to have monthly or, at a minimum, quarterly reports calculated to show you the numbers for your business. You can also hire virtual bookkeepers and they aren’t as expensive as you might think.
4. Housekeeper/Personal Assistant – I know you might not normally think of a housekeeper as a business team member but anything that takes you away from your business or gives you the ability to go into “avoidance mode” is dangerous to your business. Since the majority of entrepreneurs work from home, it is really easy to go clean the kitchen instead of making those sales calls. Food for thought!
There are many other spots on a team that you could fill but for someone who is trying to get to the 6 figure level these are the ones I think are most important to start as you build your team.© Copyright 2012 Michele A Scism