It's so exciting!
For me there is nothing more exciting than starting a company! It’s kind of like buying a lottery ticket. You start thinking about all the things you can do and buy once you strike it rich!
But the sad reality is that very few people win lotteries or have successful companies.
Did you know?
- 80% of businesses survive the 1st year.
- 50% survive the 5th year
- 30% survive the 10th year
Do you want to just survive or thrive?
You’re probably thinking your chances are pretty good at having a sustainable business based on the figures above. But the truth of the matter is those are survival rates. This doesn’t mean that it will be successful, just that you will have enough sales to keep the lights on.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to work 60-90 hours a week just to be able to pay my bills.
"Success Leaves Clues"
Don’t reinvent the wheel! It’s much easier, quicker, and less painful to follow the steps taken by someone that is already successful. Unless they were handed their business they already had to figure out the hard way of doing things.
"Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development."
This simply means that you cannot achieve the level of success you desire without the improving all areas of your life.
This has been one of the most important keys to my success. While the other business owners continue the same routines and procedures that they have used for the last 10-30+ years I have been committed to learning and growing every single day.
Another reason why self development is important is for your overall health and happiness.
Get ready to wear a bunch of hats
In the beginning you will be doing everything. Here’s what you can expect on an average day:
- Answer the phone
- Respond to emails
- Go to potential customers to perform estimates.
- Work up quotes for those potential customers
- Install fences
- Call 811 for buried lines
It gets better with time (if you have the right systems)
Over time you will get better at installing, performing quotes, etc. You will also begin to realize what you are or aren’t good at. As you realize what your strengths are you can begin to hire people to fill those positions.