Do you know people who complain about their jobs? We certainly do. And, as we like to joke, that's why you get paid: It's work! But what if you work for yourself and there are still things about your job that you would change if you could? Isn't it ironic that we become entrepreneurs to gain more control of our work lives, but we still end up unhappy about parts of our role?
If you were going to sell this company, what would you tell the new owner to change?
We recently sat down with one of our entrepreneurial friends. She was really struggling with parts of her work, so we made a suggestion. We said, "If you were going to sell this company, what would you tell the new owner to change?" Immediately she shared a laundry list of ideas. There were a whole bunch of things that she would change to improve the business and make her job easier to manage. It made us wonder why she didn’t make those changes now.
In the real estate market, people often stage their homes before listing them for sale. They repaint walls, repair things that are broken and clean up. In some ways, it seems a little silly to fix up your house only to sell it and let someone else enjoy your hard work. Why not do that work today and reap the benefit yourself?
Ditto for your business. We’re willing to bet that there are things about the company you designed that you want to change, too. Look, we’re all creatures of habit: Sometimes we start out doing things in a certain way and it’s hard to shift gears. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. But you have the power to make a change. Start by making a plan for your business makeover. Prioritize the things that drive you crazy, and think about how to address them. Enjoy one of the great advantages of being an entrepreneur and take back control of the areas that have gone sideways. After all, you’re the boss.