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5 Ways To Get Your Business To Run Without You

business independant management technique personal involvement sales goal stake in outcome standard operating procedures May 16, 2022

Some owners focus on growing their profits, while others are obsessed with sales goals. Have you ever considered making it your primary goal to set up your  business so that it can thrive and grow without you?  

A business not dependent on its owner is the ultimate asset to own. It allows  you complete control over your time so that you can choose the projects you  get involved in and the vacations you take. When it comes to getting out, a business independent of its owner is worth a lot more than an owner dependent company.  

Here are five ways to set up your business so that it can succeed without you. 

1. Give Them A Stake In The Outcome  

Jack Stack, the author of The Great Game of Business and A Stake In The  Outcome wrote the book on creating an ownership culture inside your  company: you are transparent about your financial results and you allow  employees to participate in your financial success. This results in employees who act like owners when you’re not around.  

  1. Get Them To Walk In Your Shoes  

If you’re not quite comfortable opening up the books to your employees,  consider a simple management technique where you respond to every  question your staff bring you with the same answer, “If you owned the  company, what would you do?” By forcing your employees to walk in your  shoes, you get them thinking about their question as you would and it builds the habit of starting to think like an owner. Pretty soon, employees  are able to solve their own problems.  

  1. Vet Your Offerings  

Identify the products and services which require your personal involvement in either making, delivering or selling them. Make a list of  everything you sell and score each on a scale of 0 to 10 on how easy they  are to teach an employee to handle. Assign a 10 to offerings that are easy to teach employees and give a lower score to anything that requires your  personal attention. Commit to stopping to sell the lowest scoring product  or service on your list. Repeat this exercise every quarter.  

  1. Create Automatic Customers  

Are you the company’s best salesperson? If so, you’ll need to fire yourself  as your company’s rainmaker in order to get it to run without you. One way to do this is to create a recurring revenue business model where  customers buy from you automatically. Consider creating a service  contract with your customers that offers to fulfill one of their ongoing  needs on a regular basis.  

  1. Write An Instruction Manual For Your Business  

Finally, make sure your company comes with instructions included. Write  an employee manual or what MBA-types called Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). These are a set of rules employees can follow for  repetitive tasks in your company. This will ensure employees have a  rulebook they can follow when you’re not around, and, when an employee leaves, you can quickly swap them out with a replacement to take on  duties of the job.  

You-proofing your business has enormous benefits. It will allow you to create a  company and have a life. Your business will be free to scale up because it is no  longer dependent on you, its bottleneck. Best of all, it will be worth a lot more to  a buyer whenever you are ready to sell.


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