Outsource and build your dream team so you can grow your business faster. Let’s face it: you really can’t do it all alone. No small business becomes a big business with a single person at the wheel. It takes a team of experts to scale your efforts.
These and other questions are what prevent LNCs from turning a good business idea into a 6- or even 7-figure empire. Here’s what to do about it.
Know Your Personal Work Style & Preferences
Not everyone works in a similar style. Some people love to connect by phone, while others prefer email. Some people require lots of direction and step-by-step guidance, others work better when they can figure it out on their own.
Regularly scheduled team meetings via Zoom alleviate a lot of communication issues.
No way is right or wrong, but if you’re a phone person and you hire an email lover, there’s going to be conflict.
Commit to the Effort
Hiring a team takes time. Not only do you have to spend time looking for the right person, interviewing several candidates, and onboarding your final choice, but you also have to train your new team member.
Remember, no matter how skilled she might be, she’s never worked in your business, so there will be a learning curve. Encourage her to ask questions, and take the time to answer carefully. Expect mistakes—at least in the beginning—and build enough time in your schedule to allow for fixing them.
The effort and time you put in upfront are well worth it when you have a team you can count on.
Don’t Be Afraid to Cut Ties
Not everyone you hire will be a good fit. As a business owner, it’s up to you to do the right thing for your business growth and your own stress levels. Sometimes that means moving on from a relationship that’s not working. The “hire slowly, fire quickly” phrase makes a lot of sense to any experienced business owner.
Remember, it’s business, not personal. Sometimes the best-looking applicant turns out to be wrong, and that’s okay. Take what you’ve learned from the experience, and use that knowledge for the next hire. I’ve found I never could accurately predict who would work out well in my company until they got into the door and started performing.
While you might dream of working two hours per day and taking entire summers off, it’s unrealistic to think you can go from 12-hour days to stress-free LNC business management in a few short weeks. I don’t know if this dream is even possible.
Start by hiring one person to take on the tasks you most dislike. Then, slowly grow your team and their responsibilities. Eventually, you’ll be left with only the work you truly want to do and enjoy. Plus your business will run more smoothly.
Set up a time to talk with me about how to grow your LNC business. Click on this link to request a call: http://LNC.tips/gethelp – we’ll see if coaching is the solution you need to move forward in 2021. If not now, when?
Pat Iyer is president of The Pat Iyer Group, which develops resources to assist LNCs obtain more clients, make more money and achieve their business goals and dreams.
Pat’s related websites include the LNC business coaching services she offers through the continuing education provided on LNCEU.com, the podcasts broadcast at podcast.legalnursebusiness.com, and writing tips supplied at patiyer.com.