This week, we hosted “The Bucket List Workshop for Business Owners,” which focused on empowering business owners to create a bucket list centered around meaningful experiences and fulfilling accomplishments and then to start living life to check off the things on their lists. Our goal was to show business owners that their lives should be more than just a business. They have to take time away from the “job” of things and start taking steps towards work/life balance.
A successful, long-term business requires that the business owners have created, and work towards, business and personal goals. Having a list, and some separation from the “job” side of your business, can help you reach these goals and continue the success of your business.
Those who haven’t been to our workshops often deem this ideal as easier said than done.
We get it. Often times, as the business owner, you don’t just make business decisions, you also play an active role in the everyday operations or productions, especially if you own a small business. Having a “job” within your business may help your company see results, but it may not create an ideal balance between business ownership and business operations.
Start Owning Your Own Business – Not The Job
At ActionCoach, we have a real-world tested process that helps business owners get to a better place of business ownership. The first step is to define your role within the business. Ultimately, if you’re working on the “production line” so to speak, then you aren’t able to step away and make decisions with perspective and focus.
Anyone can get bogged down with a job that feels more like a chore, and most everyone does. If you’re not doing what you love, your job performance will suffer. This even applies to business owners. If you are called to lead a business, chances are the “job” you are doing within the business is not fulfilling.
Being unfulfilled within your business can lead to burnout or discouragement as you try to own your business. And without a strong leader, a business’ success is short lived – if it even reaches success at all.
There are plenty of examples of this in the business world, just looks to all the businesses that have closed their doors and you’ll see a pattern emerge of business owners who overworked and felt under-fulfilled. Sure, that’s not always the case, but as an anecdote about a small business, Gotham Concierge demonstrates having a job within your business is different than owning a business.
Gotham Concierge offered personal assistance and professional organizing services in the early 2000s. At its peak, business owner Alison Kero had more clients than she could handle and business was booming. But a downturn in the economy and a realization that everyday life was pure chaos lead Kero to close her business. She wasn’t doing what she loved. She wasn’t running a business, it was running her.
We want to see your business succeed, but more importantly, we want to see YOU succeed as a business owner. If you feel stuck in the day-to-day of your job and you’re not owning your business, then let us help. We want to get you on the path to become a successful business owner.