As you celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, it’s a good time to celebrate independence in business. This freedom is a primary reason why entrepreneurs take the leap of faith to build their own business.
“For all entrepreneurs, starting a business is the route to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ no matter how risky,” Martin Zwilling says in a story for Business Insider. He calls it “the American dream.”
The following are some areas of freedom that business owners can enjoy when they start their own business. Notice I said “can”. Not all do… that's why Restoration Advisers exists. We exist to help business owners find the freedoms they dreamed of from the start so that they can have a greater impact on their family and community.
Some of the elements of today's blog are from an investing website called Business to Community.
Freedom to be happy
Happy is a word that more of us could use in our...
Once you’ve identified the key systems that make your business money, it’s now time to extract them.
But here’s where many business owners get tripped up... they try to create all the systems themselves! And once they’ve been created, then they feel an overwhelming pressure to perform all of the systems themselves.
As a business owner, you’ll never be free from the day to day operations if you’re always deciding to involve yourself in them.
This is a pivotal decision point where businesses can either remain in the stationary stage and continue to decline, or start systemising the right way so they can move to the scalable and saleable stages.
I had a breakthrough moment with a client this week who has been working hard on breaking free from doing things the way he’s always been doing them.
His words to me (in a troubled tone) were, “It's almost like I don’t care anymore.”
On the surface that sounds...
Contributed by: Robert More’ - BYLT Restoration
People are the greatest asset a company can have. Good people gravitate to good culture which starts at the top.
Techs want to be managed. They need to be managed; they will leave if they aren’t being managed. Employees coming into the restoration work force are looking for structure and organization. In the book by KnowHow, “ Why Workers Quit” they say that the new employees coming into a company are looking for high levels of structure on their on-boarding. They also say that today's worker isn’t looking to jump ship right away. They are looking to lay down roots and stay. Give them what they want. Be the company they want to be a part of from the beginning.
Become a process driven company.
A violinist played 45 minutes on the New York subway. 4 people stopped and one clapped and they managed to raise 20 dollars.
DON'T LOOK DOWN
We polled some great restorers recently about the biggest mistakes they've made as leaders.
The conversation was interesting.
The most common response was keeping a bad employee. This is certainly understandable, especially given the current climate surrounding staffing.
The second most common response was trusting your gut. Keeping a bad employee could certainly be part of trusting your gut, and if it were, then this would overwhelmingly be the leader.
There is a great book on this subject. Its called "Blink: The power of thinking without thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell. Check it out in our Book Vault.
We are human.
We screw up. Some days it feels like we screw up a lot more than others
Most of us learn, and move on.
But we all have that screw up that we may tell others later by starting the story with "there was this one time".
We'd love to hear your story.
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The restoration industry has found a lot of success in getting referrals from plumbers. There is an expectation from most plumbers that you must pay them for the leads they send you.
Appreciation for referrals can be shown in many many ways.
Cash is one way, and it's been a “tradition” in the industry for a long time. But if you’ve been around myself, Klark, Restoration Advisers, or A.I.R. (Alliance of Independent Restorers) you know that we challenge tradition, and the status quo.
We are about advancing the industry, promoting new ideas to bring new ways of doing business, and achieving new levels of success.
People that care about you want to see...
Let's go back to the beginning and take a journey.
Or maybe you are at the beginning and are wondering which direction to take.
As we start this journey together, it is important that we remember that we are…. well, at the beginning.
All successful efforts and endeavors start with a clear vision and goals. Not only for ourselves, but as we build a team to help us, the importance of this omni present vision will be among the most critical assets you have.
Do you ever just not know where to start or how to do what MUST be done? You ask yourself if this is all worth it.
Today our focus will be on never ever having a feeling that you are unclear and you show up at your office and not know what to do or what to do next.
This clarity and confidence will help you in marketing, team...
First, let's set the stage for the audience and the reason for the program. It's a blueprint of sorts.
The intended audience is geared for the restoration/ remediation contractor. But the principles certainly lend direction to any business.
This will act as a blueprint for the dozens of requests we get per month from clients and not clients alike.
We feel that having an easy to read and follow system would help the entrepreneurial business owner manage a small to medium firm and not get into the hampster wheel of being forever IN the business.
This is a shorter version
1. Start with a plan.
This may seem "obvious" but I can promise it's far too often overlooked or even generally overlooked.
What is your service? Will you be multi service? You need to understand the myth of multi-tasking and avoid the...
The great Steve Jobs was quoted as saying, “Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.”
Business owners that are hyper-focused on surviving get caught up in managing. There is a sense of security when they are involved in the day to day operations. They feel connected to the business, but they are living the E-Myth (as described by the book written by Michael Gerber). Arguably they have a vision and mission that prompted them to start the business, but they aren’t sure how to accomplish their dreams. Leadership is a struggle for most small to mid sized businesses.
Good leaders know that they are the best when they help others reach their goals. Leaders create more leaders because they are really good at educating, delegating, and course correcting when things don’t go as planned.
Lo Kidd, the Content Manager at Trainual wrote an excellent...