Your Green Industry Business – Is It The Business You Wanted Or Does It Have A Mind Of Its Own?

One of the biggest mistakes most entrepreneurs make when they first get into business is failing to decide EXACTLY how they want their business to look in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, or even 10 years down the road.

How many hours do you want to work per week? What kind of clients do you want to have? What will your typical day look like? Will you have employees? How many employees? Will you be able to take vacations without the whole thing falling apart? How much money do you want

These are all questions that need to be answered IF you want to have a business you truly enjoy owning.

Unfortunately, when most entrepreneurs start their business, their vision of the future is pretty fuzzy. Beyond the simple fact they want to control their own destiny, they don’t really know where they’re headed and as result, where they often end up isn’t anywhere close to where they really want to be.

They end up with a business that holds them hostage, monopolizes ALL their time, and doesn’t provide nearly enough income to live the life they envisioned when they first set off on their own.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for many years now, it’s never too late to redesign your business to avoid this ‘business owner’s nightmare’.

Here are 5 steps you can take right now to redesign your business so that it gives you the results you really want:

1. Decide EXACTLY what you want your business to look like.

The very first step to creating a business that gives you the life you want is to decide exactly what that life is and what your business needs to look like to make that happen.

It could be that you only want to work 3 days a week and spend the rest of your work week volunteering with a local charity. Or perhaps you want to take a full month off during the summer.

No matter what you want your business to look like, if you don’t have a very clear picture in your mind, it’ll never happen. So the first step to creating your ideal business is to actually sit down and ‘draw’ a crystal clear picture of what this business will look like.

Don’t hold back. Map out every specific detail so there are no questions in anyone’s mind. The clearer the picture, the more power and pull it will have in helping you achieve the desired result.

2. Look outside your specific business/industry/niche to find examples to emulate.

Once you have a clear picture of what you want your new business to look like, your next task is to look for examples of other businesses that are similar to what you want.

Unfortunately, chances are that if you look for these examples within your own industry you won’t have very much luck.

So, you’ll need to look outside your specific industry to find these examples to follow. Why is this? Well, in most cases the business owners within your industry are saddled by the same limiting beliefs and practices that have held you down for so long.

The only way to get a fresh perspective is to analyze businesses that have actually created the kind of business you want for yourself.

Only want to only work a few days a week? Check out the chiropractic industry because there are countless chiropractors that only work a few days a week. How do they do it? What people, procedures, or systems are necessary to make it work?

Want to work remotely while your staff handles all of the day to day activities? Look into the online marketing world where there are dozens of super-successful business owners that operate completely virtual staffs.

Now obviously there are tactics, processes, and systems that don’t translate directly from one industry to the next, but don’t let that stop you. Study these other businesses and identify those ‘things’ that DO translate to your business.

3. Make a list of things that MUST happen in order to make the dream a reality.

Once you’ve identified these other businesses and you’ve studied them to find the ways you can implement their processes and procedures in your business, sit down and make a list of tasks that need to happen.

Don’t worry about creating a lengthy list of tasks. If you write until you can’t think of anything else, you really should have a list ranging in size from a dozen or so, all the way up to several hundred tasks. This isn’t uncommon.

The key is to simply make a master task list. No matter how small the task might appear, add it to the list. At the end of the day, even the little tasks contribute to your ability to design this ‘ideal’ business and shouldn’t be overlooked.

4. Focus ONLY on the top 2-3 tasks at a time.

Once you have this master task list, identify the top 2-3 tasks. These are the tasks that need to happen first in order to make creating your ideal business a reality. Focus all your attention and efforts on these 2-3 tasks until they are completed.

Once you’ve completed these first 2-3 tasks, move onto the next 2-3 that are next on the list.

By focusing on only 2-3 tasks at a time you’re able to pour all of your time, attention, and energy into making them happen and you’ll quickly find yourself much closer to your ideal business.

Otherwise, you end up trying to do too much at once, you’re stretched in many different directions, and ultimately, nothing ends up getting done.

5. Let go!

This step might be the most difficult step of all.

As you begin working your way through the list you’ve created, one of the things you’ll quickly realize is the need to delegate many of the tasks you’ve been performing for so long.

Truth is, it’s these very tasks that have kept you chained to your business up until now!

By letting go and delegating tasks that other could and should be performing, you free yourself up to focus on tasks and activities that ultimately add value to the business. In most cases, the tasks that should be delegate are no doubt important, but tasks that could be performed faster, cheaper, and better by someone else.

So, LET THEM GO!

If you find yourself stuck with a business that is a total nightmare, it may very well be time to re-examine how your business is designed.

If your business is designing your dreams and goals for you, these 5 steps will help you seize control of your business so you can design it according to your dreams and goals instead.