It makes little sense to wear yourself out with work that could be passed on within minutes (or even seconds). Yet, this is what so many busy business owners do. Why? To cut costs. In the long run, though, it results in lower quality work and unnecessary mistakes. Maybe we can help. Consider two scenarios; each with a very different end result.
Martha has loved the idea of owning a business since she took Business Administration courses in college. She worked hard to learn the ropes and offered her employers nothing but the best.
Edward was just as enthusiastic about starting a business as Martha and every bit as qualified as she was on the job. His employers had loved the work that he produced. Many times, he would win “Employee of the Month” awards.
At one point, they both decided that they wanted to follow their dreams of owning their own business. After all, they had worked hard for over fifteen years for employers. Now was the time to make their dreams come true.
Worn Out Martha’s Start-up
Worn out Martha didn’t start out this way. She had the capital to get started and even had a client base. Her business took off faster than she had planned. What should have been a dream come true soon became a nightmare. Martha found herself working until midnight or later. At this pace, she couldn’t keep up with the quality of work that her clients had come to expect. Her real estate business grew, but her beloved clients were starting to whisper around town among themselves. Her broker was beginning to question her dedication to her clients as well. She was on a fast track to nowhere. How did things turn out for her? We’ll get to that. But first, let’s look at Exhausted Edward.
Exhausted Edward’s Start-up
Edward wasn’t a real estate agent. However, he began “living the dream” with the same enthusiasm as Martha. He loved his clients and they felt the same way about him. Like Martha, his business took off in directions he had never imagined. Time got away from him, and he was working into the late hours of the night. He began dodging phone calls from his customers. Edward knew that his quality had slipped. He was on a fast track to nowhere. How did things turn out for him?
Time to Take Control
Martha and Edward both met a virtual administrative assistant through social networking channels. Both were impressed with the possibilities of taking their businesses to a more productive level. Each of them knew that they needed to get their business back on track. However, Martha and Edward made very different choices with two very different outcomes.
Edward wanted to hire the VA. Delegating work sounded like a good idea. Why not? That question worked against Edward. Along with the question came a long list of negatives. What would have turned into a savings quickly became, in his mind, a cost that he felt he couldn’t handle. His customers continued to be disappointed in the poor quality that he was offering them and business suffered. He didn’t lose his business, but he lost customers. Sabotaging his own best efforts proved to be more than frustrating.
Martha decided that it was time to give up the fantasy of control and to hire a REVA (real estate virtual assistant). Her broker was right; she was slipping in her quality and it was reflecting on their team. It was time to step back and let her new online assistant help her to achieve her goals. Before long, she was the talk of the town (again). This time, however, it was because she had become the Top Producer that she had always felt she was capable of becoming. She was doing what she did best and spending time with her clients. Her dedication came through loud and clear.
Feel Like You Are on a Fast Track to Nowhere?
Changing your mindset can change your life. It will cost nothing more than an hour of your time to find out if we could help you to get your business back on track. Give us a try. The consultation is free, and when we finalize the details for more than ten hours, your first hour will be free.