No, this column isn’t about an 80’s sitcom. I decided to write this piece because several of my clients as well as myself, appear to be “movin on up” — business wise. While no one I know is anywhere near ready to retire, it has become glaringly clear that business has increased, not just for me but for my clients as well. Unfortunately, with a dramatic increase in business, come more responsibility and headaches. It occurred to me after a lengthy conversation with one of these clients that both our lives had changed and we needed to be up to handling it or risk losing what we had worked so hard to achieve. I often think it’s ironic that there are all sorts of books and workshops telling us how to achieve success but nothing to tell us how to handle it once we’ve gotten the brass ring.
One client complained to me that he has no love life to speak of (something I can identify with) because he now spends most of his time playing catch up, while another tells me that his wife complains about him not spending enough time with her and the kids. I myself, find that my weekends are filled with reports, planning marketing strategies and sending e-mails to set up future meetings. Now I’ll be honest, I love my work and wouldn’t trade what I do for anything in the world but I am beginning to come to a sad but true realization. The more business and money you make, the harder you must work to keep it and make more of it.
Now that you’ve “made it then “maintenance becomes the word of the day. Managing your time as well as your business and money must be a priority especially, if you’re planning on driving your success to new heights. The easy answer is to simply hire more staff but that’s not always enough. Sometimes a business person with a small but growing practice needs to think about prioritizing needs as well as delegating less pressing duties. So with all of this in mind, I thought I would add my two cents to the matter. Here are some of my tips.
Next column: Tips.