Why most small businesses don't work?

How many times have you heard about small business start ups and scratch your head wondering, how long are they going to stay in business?  Or you wonder - well that is her passion but can she turn that into a profitable business?  I've asked myself those same questions .... hundreds of times in the many years I've been a business owner.

Over the holidays, I had the 'pleasure' of taking a 13 hour car ride to Halifax (one-way)!  Since I like to put the time to good use, I used the time to read a business book that I had been wanting to re-read for some time - The E-myth Revisited by M.E. Gerber.  It's a great read and a MUST read for any entrepreneur, small business owner or "micro-business" owner.  Synopsis ..... most business owners don't do one major thing -- take time to work ON their business to create & implement a strategic plan.

I agree.  When I owned my retail store, we spent LOTS of time planning -- inventory levels, budgets, store layouts, employees, customer service, displays, seasonal themes, etc.  In fact, we would 'disappear' for a day, a weekend, etc. just to focus on our planning.  You will notice that I said 'we'.  Yes, my husband & I would go away for a stress-free weekend and plan -- really, yes we planned but we also enjoyed a couple of nice dinners and perhaps even breakfast in bed!  I scheduled time to plan!

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Do you schedule (in your agenda) time to plan?  And I don't mean just at the beginning of the year?  I recently read a blog post by Sandi Krakowski that said - microbusiness owners should schedule at least ONE DAY A WEEK to plan.  That's right - one day a week to work ON your business.  Not meeting with clients; not answering the phone; not writing emails or blogs; but creating strategies (marketing!).

So many entrepreneurs tell me that they don't have time to take one day a week off to plan. If this is you - then take a serious look at your agenda! Is every hour time-blocked?  Do you schedule going to the doctor?  Do you schedule phone calls?  Do you schedule email & social media time?  Perhaps you should!  

If you would like more ideas on how to work ON your business so that you can create a business that supports your dream lifestyle, then call me for a FREE Business Breakthrough Session!  You don't want a J O B - you want a lifestyle!