Moonlighting Entrepreneur: Replicating Processes

by Trish

How many tasks do you do in a given day? Do you have to do all those by yourself? Can you have someone else do them?

Most business owners do too much themselves. They don’t think that anyone else can do it right or can handle the task. (Most business owners are exhausted, too, but isn’t that what business requires?)

I don’t think anyone should be doing a task that they could (if they wanted to) have someone else do just BECAUSE they don’t think anyone else could do it. Let me explain.

If I can have a law firm handle my contracts and business structure, a CPA firm handle my books and accounting, why can’t I hire someone to do anything that is done in my office on a daily basis? Design work? Technical work? Management work? Anything!

The key is not to find qualified people who already know how to do it, the key is to find people willing to LEARN how to do it. And you need to learn to replicate your processes so that you can hand over any piece of your work to someone else (if necessary). As Michael Gerber puts it in his E-Myth Revisited, you must set up your business so that it can be replicated 5,000 times.

Yes, as in franchise.

Not that you are going to franchise, but you are going to streamline. You are going to set up operations manuals, and instructions for each piece of your business.

Most moonlighting entrepreneurs will say, “what’s the big deal? It’s just me at this business. At the rate I’m going, it’s going to just be me at this business for a long, long time.”

The point is to ACT today like the business you DESIRE to become tomorrow. If you can picture your business as rather large, earning you a nice living and you’re not DOING anything now to prepare for that, are you really headed toward that goal? How else are you to get there? A corporate sponsor?

Just think about it. Is there some set of tasks in your daily business life that you could sit down and write out a how-to for? Do that first. Then be thinking of hiring a neighbor kid, a virtual assistant, your own kids, your partner, to do those tasks for you. It will free you up to keep thinking of how to get to your future all the more faster.

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Deepika Laxmi July 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm

All of these things usually require time.

Virtual Assistant July 9, 2009 at 4:23 am

Just cant stop my self to comment on your blog. Good post. I do a lot of work every day.

Amanda
Virtual Assistant 🙂

admin July 9, 2009 at 9:44 am

Deepika, yes, they do, but I think it is worth thinking about at least.

Thanks for commenting, Amanda!

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