There comes a time when every solo or small business owner reaches a plateau in their business, where both revenue and growth begins to stagnate.
Sales are flat and burnout and overwhelm seeps in. How do you get past this growth wall?
Accept that you can’t do it alone.
Seek the help of those that have a track record for getting you over this hurdle. You may need to hire a coach or seek out a mentor who can hold you accountable and provide you with the guidance you need to take your business to the next level.
Change your mindset.
Start seeing your business in a new light, one that involves you letting go of the reigns and giving up control. It’s never easy to get out of your comfort zone; fear and self-doubt are exactly the reasons why you’re stuck.
Document Your Processes.
Growing requires building a team that allows you to scale the business. This requires that you document all of your processes so that it can be easily replicated by new hires. Your role has to change from working in the business to becoming a manager of the business; it’s the only way to grow.
Commit to Investing in Your Business.
An investment of time or money, or both is crucial to sustain and grow your business. Marketing, new hires, larger office space, productivity tools, investment in personal development and leadership, all need to be considered and acted upon in order to support the growth of your business. Maintaining the status quo is not an option.
Coalesce a Network.
Being a small or solo business owner can be lonely at times. That’s why it’s important to stay inspired by coalescing a network of people who are motivated and invested in their business. Networking with others who share your desire to grow will keep you motivated and give you the strength to overcome your fear and self-doubt when it seeps in.
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Nicole McCullum is the founder of Captivate Designs, a New York Web Design company that helps small businesses and entrepreneurs attract more clients online through captivating website redesign, do it for your SEO services and do it yourself SEO Training.
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Good advice Nicole, especially documenting your processes and changing your mindset. Many small business owners start because they are good at what they do and to grow you need to become more strategic.
By the way I like that you say you specialise which not many small businesses do.
Thanks Susan. Your input is always welcomed!
Great post Nicole; I would add to point #5, find a new circle. If you are top dog in your network, and you hang our there for too long, you are creating a false sense of success. You can grow and expand when you surround yourself with those who are beyond you — this motivates you to up your game plan and reach new heights.