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What My Wife Knows About Small Business Growth…

Author: Charlie Cook   |   September 13th, 2007

Is it women or just my wife who knows this?

I hear it regularly from my wife. She keeps telling me I’m too busy and it’s time to get more help. I also hear the same thing from my male clients. They call me and tell me they just talked to their wives and want to go ahead with a project so they can focus on growing their business.

Yes, I and many men have the tendency is to go it alone instead of getting help when we need it. Do you do the same?

I don’t know whether its just my wife and the wives of the clients I attract but its good advice.

If you want to grow your business you have to stop being the business, doing every task and wearing every hat. When you do that you don’t have time to focus on the more important tasks, like growing your business.

Do you need to let go of some of the tasks you do in order to grow your business?

Here’s a simple way of deciding. Take out a piece of paper and divide it into 3 vertical columns.

In the first column make a list of all the things you could outsource or teach someone else to do. In the second column list the areas you could use some expert adivce – legal, accounting and marketing – so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. In the third column – list the tasks only you can do.

Then get the help you need to free your time up so you can grow your business. I had one client who was about to build ten pages for his web site when his wife brought him to his senses and prompted him to hire a web designer to build his web pages so he could focus on the next big profitable project instead.

Are you getting all the help you need to grow your business? Or are you wasting your time do tasks someone else could do for you?

If you want to succeed, take my wife’s advice and get help and you’ll see your profits soar.

– Charlie
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