“When building a team, first consider what you need, then find who you need. ~ Loral Langemeier Yes! Energy

Okay, so your business is steady or growing, but you’re already maxed out in the amount of time you have available to take on any more clients.  You’d love to help more customers and make more money, but unless you give up sleeping at night, you aren’t sure how you will find the time to take on anything else.  If this is happening to you, it’s time to realize that you can’t do it all yourself. It’s time to start building your team.

If you look at any successful business person, and I do mean any, you will find that they didn’t get where they are by themselves.  They have a team of people to help them run their business and to reach the goals of their vision for their business.  We are all given 24 hours in a day and a business owner has to decide the best way to spend those hours.  If you’re a coach, isn’t coaching people the best way to spend your time?

Of course, daily things also need to get done – scheduling clients, responding to email, marketing for your business, etc.  Someone, such as a virtual assistant, can help you take care of your non-money making activities that need to be completed but don’t require your specific expertise to be accomplished.  Using the coach example, a coach’s specific expertise is in coaching their clients.  It’s also the way they make the most money.  Their time needs to be spent on that activity.  The rest of the tasks can be delegated!

Sometimes entrepreneurs think they don’t need a team because they are handling everything themselves.  However, they end up putting off doing things that they don’t like or putting off new projects because they don’t know how to get started doing these things.  Procrastinating is also a sign that you need a team.  We usually procrastinate because we don’t like to do the work or we don’t know how to do it.  Delegating can help you overcome this obstacle since the team member can handle the tasks you don’t like to do and they can research (or they may already know how) to do the things you don’t know how to do.

In the next article, I’ll give you a simple system for analyzing your needs so you can find the appropriate team members for your unique business situation.

Do you have any experience with building a team?  Share your experience in the comments below.


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