Business Owner or Service Provider?
When it’s just you, and you’re running everything in the business from marketing, bookkeeping to working with the clients, it’s hard to know when to put which hat on. When we are not sure when to take a certain hat off, well, it can damage our business.
Time and time again I have witness how service providers decide to venture into running their own business but struggle to know when the time is to be the service provider with the client and then become the owner.
If this is something you struggle with, then here are some ways you can improve that:
Stop being the owner for one day
This is one of the most common mistakes we make in the beginning of our businesses. “Monday’s, I work on the business” -no!
There should be a set time daily for you to reflect on your business and work on your business. Whether it is between clients, first thing in the morning or the last thing before heading home, take the time to reflect on how you are preforming, are you working align to your goals? Are you setting goals? These are the daily reflections we should have as owners.
Set requirements for yourself
When you are providing the service you offer to your clients, be sure to know what you expect from yourself as an owner, as if you are employed. Many times, when we decide to venture out on our own, the quality of service drops because there’s no one keeping you accountable besides yourself. Are you giving your client the same experience and quality they were always receiving? Simply create a list what is required from you as the service provider and then as the owner, make sure you are keeping accountable to what is required.
Get yourself a business coach to guide you
A lot of business owners who are service provides got into business because they got tired of working for someone, tired of getting limited earnings or saw in themselves the potential to grow. However, they are not sure how to run a business, and so they wear the “service provider” hat every day and all day. I can guarantee there won’t be growth.
With a business coach, you have someone outside of your business that can support you, keep you accountable, help you achieve that growth and make you an exceptional business owner.
Take time to reflect on yourself right now. Have you been wearing one hat too long, or multiple hats at once?
Make the change!