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Doer of All…Master of Few

Doer of All…Master of Few

In the beginning, business owners by necessity are either the ‘Jack of, or Jill of-all trades’ in their new enterprise. They have to be. If you don’t do it, who will? This is a pretty common in small, sole proprietor start-ups. And it works. But the question becomes: ‘ How long should you remain the doer of all, master of few’? Most people I know did not go into business to become the bookkeeper, Human Resource Manager, Marketing Director, Sales Associate, CEO, CPA and Receptionist. Typically, people who start businesses have an idea they believe is marketable and will make money. But as you all know, owning a business is so much more than that.

So the question for most business owners becomes: When can I offload the things I am not good at, or cannot stand to do in my business? The second question is typically: ‘How can I best offload certain aspects of the business I do not enjoy, or am not good at doing? Each of these questions comes with a possibility of multiple answers that potentially work for that business. The critical point is, you should ask these questions earlier than later in your business development. Business owners should be surrounded by consultants, contractors and/or employees who can take on the roles the owner is not good at, or dislikes. By doing so, the owner can focus on their talents, skills, expertise and passion in the business they are creating. Success depends on doing everything well in a business and often times the business owner simply cannot be the expert in everything.

Source: bryansbizblog.com

Weekly postings on management and organizational issues for both businesses and non-profits from Bryan Nelson of Vista Management Solutions.

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