I had a friend named Evan who always used to say… “What happens if the cookie cart runs over you?”

Is that a bad thing?

Is that a bad thing?

It always got me thinking about how to continually look for ways to remove myself from my business. That sounds lazy… but it’s actually a LOT of work, especially in the beginning! Consider for a minute what would happen if you were to leave your business for a day. What about a week? A month? I would guess that most small businesses would not be able to survive without imploding much beyond a month without the owner at the helm. If you are like me, being self employed… there really is no such thing as a ‘sick day’. Sure, we have all sorts of flexibility with our schedules… until someone sets something on fire.

It's going to be one of those days.

It’s going to be one of those days.

Quite honestly, it can sometimes feel as though you are always working in the triage of an emergency room. If you are in a business that charges a premium for ’emergency room’ type services, that might be great … but most of us never thought that we would be in that type of business until years later and we find that all of our time is consumed with setting bones and plugging bullet wounds. The worst is when you are the only doctor on call with no-one else to turn to for help. Most of us dreamed of getting paid top dollar for expensive surgeries in a well structured operating room, not pulling marbles out of a toddler’s nose.

I learned it from you, dad!

I learned it from you, dad!

In this series, I’m going to teach you some of the methods that I have used to keep things moving forward in my business even when I’m not around. Your mileage may vary, and even though I’m going to try and keep it fairly generic, some of it might not apply to your business.

As always… please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts! I would love to learn what you are doing!

 

Continue reading this series here!
Cookie Carts and Business Strategy Part 2 (Mindset)