Most business owners are great at doing something.

Maybe you can create great graphic designs or cook well or maybe you have an eye for art? Somewhere along the way, you have taken what you are great at and turned it into a business.

If you have been successful at selling your product or your services, your business has likely grown over time, so you need more employees, more space, defined process and systems, and you probably need a vacation.

Because you have been a great designer, handyman or sales person there can be a strong pull to keep doing that work even after your business has grown after all its what you love to do, it is what you are good at. This is an example of working in your business. This happens to most if not all small business owners at one stage or another.

You may feel overwhelmed and overworked because you’re trying to take care of all areas in your business (making sales, your finances, customer service issues, even cleaning the toilets, etc).

You are like a one- man show even when there are people there working for you! This scenario is typical but it is not healthy for either you, your employees or the growth of your business. Why? Because you can only grow as big as your own ability to handle, everything and you most likely need to get a life.
Its time to stop working in your business as a technician and start working on your business as an owner!

Here are a few steps to get you started. Take a hard look at yourself and ask whether you are working in your business or on it.
•Ask yourself “what are the two most important areas for me to focus on?” Are you sure? Are these in or on the business issues?
•Now spend two hours a day at a minimum focusing on your top two “on the business issues”.
•Make a commitment to remove yourself from repetitive tasks and assign them to competent employees.
•You may need to redefine job descriptions, roles and accountabilities.
•Be accountable to someone like a business coach or a key employee on a regular basis about the time you spend working on your business.
Working on your business will include activities such as;
•Strategic planning for the next few years
•Anticipating industry trends and positioning your company
•Documenting business operating systems
•Writing and implementing your marketing plan
•Budgets and projections, recruiting and hiring key employees, evaluating your company culture.
•Creating a plan for the culture you want and seeing it implemented
Networking in your community
•Training for you and your employees

These are the activities that will keep your business healthy and growing, allowing your employees to thrive and develop. Best of all bringing you more time, freedom and probably more money!

Alicia Marie
Business Coaching and Training
People Biz, Inc.
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Author's Bio: 

After more than a decade of teaching, coaching and speaking for the sheer joy of it, Alicia Marie Fruin started her training company in 2000. For the last 10 years she has been coaching, training and speaking for groups of business owners and professionals who want to experience satisfaction, improve productivity and make more money.

Alicia Marie is a popular speaker and workshop leader. She has presented hundreds of programs on leading and managing employees, communication skills, fearless business practices and entrepreneurial success to clients, professional associations and small businesses.

Through her business, People Biz Inc., she has developed comprehensive tools and programs to support and educate business owners and professionals. Audiences who experience her for the first time are often mesmerized by her ability to penetrate issues and get to the heart of any topic quickly. Her insatiable desire for learning and her love of people are contagious. Alicia Marie delivers high-energy, dynamic presentations that leave participants inspired to take action and clear about the action steps they will take.

Topics for speeches and training include:

Coaching Skills for Leaders

Healthy Solutions: being healthy, not perfect

Marketing for Professionals

Master Communicator

Strategic Thinking

Sales: Back to Basics

The Art of Being Inspired

Real Power: For Leaders and Managers

Building Your Business Foundation

Best Practices for Entrepreneurs

Select-Hire-Retain Talent

Building Your Dream Team

She has been a speaker for:

Many local networking groups

World Health Organization

Count Me In – A non-profit organization for women entrepreneurs

Cancer Therapy and Treatment Centers

National Association of Realtors

Keller Williams International

Numerous local charities such as Dress for Success and St. Davids Children’s Hospital

And far too many private industry businesses to list here.