Having a business that ran itself used to be a “luxury” that some people would equate to being in the right place at the right time, or would only be for high-performing owners that had worked years to set it up to run this way.
Not today, this is a strategy not only for thriving firms, but also for surviving firms.
With constant shifts in the marketplace, building industry firms need to shift their operations to match new demands. This means, changing revenue sources, staff, equipment, and targeted customers. All of these tasks take an enormous amount of time to plan, implement, and execute at a high level.
If your day-to-day operations are sucking out all of your available time, it will be nearly impossible to make these shifts quick enough to survive. The business MUST run itself – so you can keep your eye on the future health and growth of the company.
Here's a list of 6 ways you can start building a company that runs itself, in order to protect your greatest resource, time.
Without recurring revenue, many businesses struggle to find the “right” time to make investments in growth because they don’t know what they can count on. Even project-based firms can build systems for recurring revenue – like marketing automation…
Firms with stable revenue are born from firms with excellent marketing programs. Many firms produce a higher level of results by ensuring their marketing programs are automated, so when times get busy, the marketing efforts don’t “fall off.”
The key to making improvements, communicating with staff, and discovering opportunity for higher performance starts with documenting your business process. Painful for many entrepreneurial types, this analytical way of looking at your firm will be the foundation of running it on its own.
Finding others who can sell for you, or “set up” the sale is crucial in allowing the business to advance. Hiring assistants in key positions will also allow you to only plug into the areas that need your expertise the most.
Select product and service offerings that can be completed by staff or outsourced partners. Many times in the building industry, specific knowledge gets held up in the founders' or managers' heads. Extracting this knowledge to train others, and selecting partners with similar skill sets will allow you to provide a similar client experience without putting all of the work on your shoulders.
Owners and managers know that building a business to run itself is a challenge worth attempting. Maintaining this type of business takes a constant focus. Enroll in Bungalo Learning to sharpen your focus and lay the groundwork for building a stronger business.
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