Letting GoWithout Losing Control


by Gary Harper

looking to scale your business, but you don’t know how you’ll manage any more than you’re already doing? I was once told (while struggling with some of these questions myself) that your business is not measured on the success when you are there, but on the success when you’re not there. It’s true. However, many real estate investors run businesses that cannot operate without them or, more likely, that they cannot release to run with- out them. Every business needs structure and organization and that need grows as the business grows. For your com- pany to grow, you need to add more people to your structure. These peo-

f you were to step away from your business completely, what

ple depend on your business for their livelihood, as will you. When you started out, the entire burden was on you. You were the system. That is not a realistic model for growth, however. Your business needs processes and systems so the company and employees can depend on those systems and not solely on you. You will burn out if you do not use systems as leverage to do more. IMAGINETHE POSSIBILITIES Can you envision a business that runs effectively whether you are physically present or not? You’re free to take time off because you know the work will get done the way you would have done it. Sounds great, right? But what about a possible worst-case


would happen? If that question just gave you chills, then I have a few more for you: • Do you feel your business owns you instead of you owning the business? • Do you see poor communication between your departments? • Do you feel compelled to be involved in every business- related decision? • Do you have a problem getting the results you desire from your staff? • Are you an entrepreneur

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