I talked with a friend today about strategies to grow our businesses.
The main barrier to how much you can earn is the amount of time you have each day.
Even if money seems to be your most scarce resource now, once you’ve got a decent amount, the main issue is how much you can get done in 24 hours.
Here’s one commonly-misunderstood way to grow your business: It takes money to make money.
This doesn’t mean that you should spend more on what you’re already paying. But do consider hiring someone whether it’s a freelancer, part-time employee or a full-time staff member to help you do your stuff.
I especially like to delegate/outsource stuff I don’t like – administrative work, working on my taxes.
Hiring an employee might give the highest ROI in your business.
I typically get a 200 – 500% ROI on my labor costs each month.
Couple that with software/automation and you up that increase by a higher multiple.
So there’s the fallacy that partnership/JVs are the way to go.
Most people forget that that works only if everyone is putting in their 100%, or at least 50%. The reality is that many “partners” will drop the ball and put in only 10% or in the worst cases, be deadbeats and do nothing.
If you’re stuck with such partners, you’d better run for the hills.
How do you avoid this? Simple, protect yourself.
Start with smaller projects. If the partnership doesn’t work for those, then don’t bother working on anything big.
Set specific goals and deadlines: Same logic. If a partnership which combines resources and is supposed to be greater than the sum of its parts can’t get its act together, then you are really in trouble.
If this all sounds too general, that’s because there’re many moving pieces in any partnership.
Trying to condense it into a 300- or 500-word post is just silly.
Here’s the synopsis:
1) Set tough, aggressive (and very profitable) goals.
2) Everyone has to pull their weight.
3) Get rid of the losers.
Now, get back to work.