For over a dozen years,
NSPG has been providing the tools that allow contractors to
increase profits and minimize business hassles. With our
simple-to-use-tools, you can make being a business owner
what you always wanted to it be -
successful, profitable and rewarding.
Your Business work for You.
You're busy all the time. You're running the office,
working in the field, and you're managing the business
in your spare time. You're the lynch pin in all of your company's
operations. You're doing more jobs than ever.
Business is good.
why is your life outside of work practically
non-existent? Why are you spending all your time
with the "successful" business rather than enjoying your
this what business success is like?
course it's not! At some point, every business
owner has to make the change from working in the
business to working on the business. This
change is needed so the business owner can not only
improve his own quality of life, but also allow the business
to grow most efficiently.
So, how do you get
started? First you have to really commit
to change the way you run your business. Then you
can start setting up the procedures you need to
reorganize your business structure and begin delegating
responsibilities to your employees.
Take some time to figure
out where you want your business and your life to go.
Then write it all down in as much detail you can.
This document will become your guide as you build your
new business structure. Your own personal goals
will drive what's in your own plan, but the key for most
business owners is to create an organization that can
handle the day-today operations with little or no input
what do you get from a business that can run without
your constant input?
off, you can take a vacation when you want it. You
can go to your kids soccer game or back to school night
without affecting the business. You get to work
when you choose. Some of the thousand things you
do every week can be delegated to your employees.
OK, so now you have free
time. What other benefits of your reorganized
business are there?
Your business now has
value as a stand alone entity. If you are the key
component of the business, what is the value when you
sell it to retire or pass it on to your kids? A
business that can run without you on a daily basis can
be like money in the bank.
Your new business
organization can grow to the size you want it to be.
When you are involved in everything, the business can
only get so big. When your new organization needs
to grow, you can hire and train employees to fit into
Your new business can
grow and generate more income without taking up every
minute of your life. You can expand the services
you offer. You can do the things you thought you
could do when you decided to start your own business.
Your business can work for you.
Your job can change from being the
primary employee to the CEO whose primary responsibility
is to build the business.
This transformation won't take place overnight, and it
won't be easy. There are a
that you must implement to begin the transition.
you need to create an operations manual that will spell
out everything a person needs to know to effectively
perform their job in your new organization. This
manual will allow your employees to follow your
procedures so they consistently work the way your
business should run. You will need to take each
phase of your operation and break it down into easy to
understand step-by-step instructions.
This bite-size approach
can make even the most complex process easy to
understand. It also makes your job of creating the
manual easier because you can work on small pieces that
are then assembled into a full picture of the process. Start
with one easy to understand part of the business and create
process. Once you have completed that item, move on
until you have completed all aspect of your business.
As you complete each
section of your manual, you can turn that process over
to your employees. This will free up more of your
time to work on the more complex aspects of your
Now that you've begun to
create your business manual, you need to start adding
employees to implement your plans. For many
businesses, this is the most difficult part of the
process. We all know that good experienced
employees are hard to find. One of the benefits of
your new system is that you have a written how-to manual
for them to follow. You can hire employees with
the right attitude and abilities rather than needing to
hire fully trained and experienced employees.
During and after the
transition, you must keep track of how the business is
doing. You need to measure and control your costs.
You need to track your employee productivity. And,
you need to know your profitability. As your new
business takes shape, you will have employees to perform
these performance measurement tasks, and you can spend
your time reviewing them and fine tuning the operation.
Before you undertake to
rebuild your business, you must commit yourself to
completing the process. Without that commitment,
you will fail. Along the way, remember that the
changes will take time. Break the process into
small pieces to make the process easier to manage.
Each small step should make running your business
easier, and spur you on to the next step.
Do It Alone. Most businesses that
successfully make the transition have help. Having
a mentor or organization that can advise and direct you
can be the difference between success and failure.
Your local trade association, or an independent
association like Nexstar can provide guidance and tools
to make the process much less painful and shorten the
transition time dramatically.
Each step of the way you
must keep in mind the rewards for yourself, your family,
your employees, and your customers. A stronger,
more valuable, better organized business will benefit
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