Benchmark Business Group

Business Owner Newsletter - Page 11

Built to Sell is Built to Own

If you've followed along this month you know that we've focused on knowing how to increase the value of your business while you own it and when you're ready to sell.  We often encounter business owners that are uneasy talking about their eventual exit plan.  Some owners think it's too far away and they don't need to worry about it now.  Others want, but seldom have, a clear plan to transition the business to their children or employees.  And some plan to work up until the end (this one is just scary).
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Are You Ready?

One of the most common remarks we hear from business owners here at Benchmark Business Group is, "I wish I would have done this sooner." The reality is, there is no perfect time to start redesigning your business. In fact, achieving "Value Realized" isn't a one-time occurrence. Rather, it is a way of doing business that once you start will pay dividends, today AND when you're ready to exit your business. The best time to start is now. 
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When is Double Vision Good for You?

Last week we challenged you to think about the design of your business and answer the question: Have you intentionally designed your business to achieve "Value Realized?" This week we're challenging you to think about double vision. Running a business isn't easy. You already have a lot on your plate and we're asking you to find a way to redesign your business. This requires you to have double vision. 


 
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The Stark Truth About Business

The sole purpose of owning a business is to realize value. What value means to you could be different, but for the most part, business owners consistently want three things daily: more time, more profit and more freedom. And of course, when the time comes to transition out of your business realizing value is: more options, more offers and more profit.


 
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E-Myth, Where it Started

This month we've focused on business books that we believe every business owner should read including Built to Sell and QBQ. We want to end the month with one of our favorites by Michael Gerber. The E-Myth Revisited has a special place in our company story, our hearts, and in shaping the way we do business every day at Benchmark Business Group. BBG started out as an E-myth coaching center and was designed by Susan and Bob Clements in collaboration with Michael Gerber. We'll be the first to admit that we're biased when it comes to the E-Myth Revisited.
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Where Does Accountability Start?

Asking ourselves the right questions and making the right decisions is the focus of another favorite book of ours, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, by John G. Miller. He challenges us to eliminate complaining, blame and procrastination, and begin asking solution-based questions. Instead of asking who is to blame for a situation, we should ask, "What can I do to improve the situation?" Only when we are able to ask this "question behind the question" can we take ownership of a problem and start focusing on a solution.

 
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Can Your Business Thrive Without You?

There are several reasons a person owns a business. Building equity, earning a comfortable living, filling a need in the community, building a job around a hobby or passion, or being able to "do it my way" are all motivations for owning a business. No matter how you define what it means to realize value through your business, there comes a time when every owner will exit their business. It will be by choice, or it will not be by choice. Only time will tell if you exit your business because your exit strategy is being implemented, or due to something outside your control, such as a health issue, unforeseen family dynamic, economic downturn, or numerous other uncontrollable life events. Whenever it happens, tomorrow or in 20 years, will you as the business owner get the most value out of your business?


 
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Adjusting Your Sails


 
Our Thoughts: The ability to adapt to change within a project is vital to success. Regardless of how great your project plan is there will always be some factors that you cannot control. The good news is that you can always control your reaction to those factors. The sample mindset document we provided earlier addressed the need for a project manager to adapt a flexible point of view, but to truly be ready for change, you must also think about the structure of change.
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