3 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Scale Your Business
You’re ready to scale your business and you did all the right things. Or you think you did…
I did all the things everyone talks about when they’re scaling, but my business still feels heavy.
My business is not gelling, something is just off, I can’t quite put my finger on it.
I have a team but I’m still working a lot of hours. I’m not getting what I need from them.
We have all the tech in place, but it just is not flowing.
There’s a lot of friction in my process. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be.
If you think you’ve done everything right, but that freedom-filled lifestyle is still out of reach, you’re probably getting it wrong in one or more areas.
There are three areas that you can look into to make sure your business foundations are solid. When my clients come to me with these concerns, I ask them these 3 primary questions:
1️) Did you put in the right tech?
Most of the time, transitioning and streamlining your business start with enhancing your automation. It means changing up the tech tools that you’re used to working with or putting in tools that you’re not comfortable working in, especially if you’re not tech-savvy.
Changing your project management tool may massively change how you track your tasks. Setting up your cloud drive may change how you organize your files, so your team can collaborate. Those could be big changes if tech is not your area of expertise.
Did you make the right choices there? Did you put in the tools that you feel comfortable with and reflect your actual process so they feel natural for you to use? If you did not take these into account, then that’s probably a big friction point within your business.
Do your tech tools feel intuitive for you so that you can start to really use them and integrate them into your day-to-day process? Do your tools support your process and how you like to work?
Your tech suite is probably a big reason why the things that you’ve done to prepare your business for scaling don’t feel like they’re working.
2) Did you build the right systems?
If you feel great about your tech suite, then we look into your systems.
Not all systems are created equal. There are a million approaches to creating systems and its focus needs to be on delegation. Are your processes understandable and actionable for someone who doesn’t have the background that you have or who doesn’t know the ins and outs of your business?
As the business owner, you know why you do certain steps and why you created certain documents. If you don’t include these small steps in your process – if you don’t tell your team how to work like you do, you won’t get the results you want.
So, did you build the right systems? Did you include all the pieces to make it actionable to get the results right every single time?
Go back to the systems you’ve built and assess whether they are real assets to your business.
3️) Did you hire the right people?
If you feel like you have the right tech and systems but you’re still a huge part of the day-to-day operations, let’s look at the people who can execute your tasks.
There is a very fine line between trusting and hiring people who are may not be a good fit and not trusting your team and finding loopholes and ways for you to take yourself back into the business.
If you already have a team, but you don’t feel supported, think about the trust that you instilled in your team.
Do your systems nurture trust? Have you built in those checkpoints within your business? Are you confident that you hired the right roles for your business?
Have you communicated your expectations? Many business owners hire contractors and expect them to know exactly what they’re supposed to do. They could be experts in what they do, but you still need to onboard them and communicate how you work and how you want to collaborate.
If you don’t tell them those soft details, that might be a reason why you don’t feel good letting go. You put yourself in a position where letting go is impossible.
So, did you hire the right role? Do you trust them? Did you build a process for you to establish your trust and your feedback cycle?
These are the areas where you fine-tune the pieces that will make your business easy to scale.
So, have you knocked out all of these pieces? As you’re building your own business and your business still feels heavy, go back to this checklist and take a look at where you might be going off the rails.
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