5 Ways to Get Your Business to Run Without You


5 Ways to Get Your Business to Run Witout You


Some business owners focus on growing their profits, while others are more focused on sales goals.  Have you ever considered making it your primary goal to set up your business so that it can thrive and grow without you? 

A business not dependent on its owner is the ultimate asset to own.  It allows you complete control over your time so that you can choose the projects you get involved in and the holidays you take.

When it comes to getting out, a business independent of its owner is worth a lot more than an owner-dependent company.  Here are five ways to set up your business so that it can succeed without you. 

1.  Give Them a Stake in the Outcome

Jack Stack, the author of The Great Game of Business and A Stake in The Outcome wrote the book on creating an ownership culture inside your company: you are transparent about your financial results, and you allow employees to participate in your financial success.  This results in employees who act like owners when you’re not around. 

2.  Get Them to Walk in Your Shoes

If you’re not quite comfortable opening the books to your employees, consider a simple management technique where you respond to every question your team brings you with the same answer, “If you owned the company, what would you do?”

By forcing your employees to walk in your shoes, you get them thinking about their question as you would, and it builds the habit of starting to think like an owner.  Pretty soon, employees are able to solve their own problems.  

3.  Vet Your Offerings

Identify the products and services that require your personal involvement in either making, delivering, or selling them.  Make a list of everything you sell and score each on a scale of 0 to 10 on how easy they are to teach an employee to handle.  Assign a 10 to offerings that are easy to teach employees and give a lower score to anything that requires your personal attention.  Commit to stopping to sell the lowest-scoring product or service on your list.  Repeat this exercise every quarter.  

4.  Create Automatic Customers

Are you the company’s best salesperson?  If so, you’ll need to fire yourself as your company’s rainmaker in order to get it to run without you.

One way to do this is to create a recurring revenue business model where customers buy from you automatically.  Consider creating a service contract with your customers that offers to fulfill one of their ongoing needs on a regular basis. 

5.  Write an Instruction Manual for Your Business

Finally, make sure your company comes with instructions included.  Write an employee manual or what MBA-types called Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  These are a set of rules employees can follow for repetitive tasks in your company.  Doing this will ensure employees have a rulebook they can follow when you’re not around.  When an employee leaves, you can more easily integrate their replacement into the business and role to take on the job’s duties.  

You-proofing your business has enormous benefits.  It will allow you to create a valuable company and to have a better work-life balance.  Your business will be free to scale up because it is no longer dependent on you, its bottleneck.  Best of all, it will be worth a lot more to a buyer whenever you are ready to sell.  

Take our Value Builder Score Questionnaire to get your Value Builder Score, measuring how your business compares on lack of reliance on you as the owner, as well as the other key drivers of business value.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to speak to one of our advisors about how you can improve the value of your business, please do not hesitate to contact us or call our office on (08) 6212 7200.

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Chris Mandzufas

Chris Mandzufas

Chris has a diverse range of skills and experience as a result of providing accounting, taxation, advisory board and management consulting services to owners and directors of fast growing businesses.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Chris Smith has been a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand since 2006, a member of the Tax Institute of Australia since 2013, and a registered Tax Agent since 2018.

Tony Monisse

Tony Monisse

Tony’s key focus is the integration of strategy and financial management. To this end he has developed tools and process that facilitate this integration, including business modelling, target setting and rolling cash flow forecasts.

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