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Old 12-20-2007, 03:27 PM
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Tara,

That is very fascinating! Can you explain a little more on why the concept of owning your job vs owning your business is more appealing to you?
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Hmmmm Steve you are always pushing me to think and dwell deeper on a subject lol...

I think probably my main reason has got to be that it is much less complicated to own your own job verses owning your own business...

I am kind of a simple type of girl. I don't care to have a bunch of fancy possessions and I really don't care about making a ton of money...I just want to have enough work to keep us busy and pay the bills...

Now don't get me wrong...I am not really happy with our current financial status. Especially since our ol winter standby of installing cable appears to be trying to get away with not paying us the $1000 plus they owe us and we are probably going to have to take our contractor to small claims court to get our money...

Needless to say we are no longer doing cable installations like we normally do for extra income this time of the year so we are surviving on what lawn work the guys are still pulling in and our savings which makes the ol Christmas budget really tight...

Buuuut well I digress thats a whole different topic then the one we are discussing
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See you really brought up a fascinating point.

A while back, a friend of mine was talking to me on how much he wanted his business to get a lot bigger and he wanted to have many locations. He had asked me to tell him what I thought he needed to do to get this done.

So after reflecting a while on his situation and listening to his thoughts, it appeared to me that he didn't want to have others come in and 'take his job.'

When we talked about it further, we came to the conclusion that he wanted to be involved with every part of his business and he didnt want to give control over to anyone else in order to allow for growth. He ultimately realized that he was happy being in charge of his surroundings and that he was very important then. If he weren't there, nothing would get done or could get done.

He didn't want to have a business that could run without him for fear he would not ultimately be needed or be important.

I thought that it was a fascinating awakening!

What's your view on this?
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Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 20 2007,4:05)]So after reflecting a while on his situation and listening to his thoughts, it appeared to me that he didn't want to have others come in and 'take his job.'

When we talked about it further, we came to the conclusion that he wanted to be involved with every part of his business and he didnt want to give control over to anyone else in order to allow for growth. He ultimately realized that he was happy being in charge of his surroundings and that he was very important then. If he weren't there, nothing would get done or could get done.
I am sooo feeling that statement!!

I suppose if you want to grow you eventually have to delegate some of your responsibilities off to others...

I just don't think I would ever find that someone I would be satisfied with taking over my job...
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It is fascinating when you think about it. There is this potential where you create this business and it is your child and you know how everything works and you make it all happen.

Then at times we all think, if only I could get this business to grow, but it is ultimately us who hold the business back from growing!

Do you ever find that to be the case with other business owners you have known?
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Quote[/b] ]I guess the goal is to get to #3 or #4....

But I kinda like being at #2

I worked in corporate marketing for many years. I often put in very long hours and went above and beyond my job description with not one word of appreciation for it...

Owning my own job beats the heck out of what I was doing and I am content
I disagree with Tara. Everyone is different though. How is coporate marketing the same as owning and running a business or company. Besides long hours.

I would think everyones goals would to be at #3 or 4. Why wouldn't you want to be even if you kept your business small.

My goal isn't to just own my own job. I want to retire someday and I don't want to do physical labor when I'm 55 either because I never expanded my business beyond myself and a few other guys. I'm not sure how much of the labor Tara does, but yesterday I spent 8 hours digging a trench in the worst clay and rock combo. And no way to get a trencher in. I was very tired. Theres no way I want to be involved in that type of labor when I'm older.

Steve - What do you think about putting the quick post back?
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Quote[/b] (FourSeasons @ Dec. 20 2007,10:02)]*My goal isn't to just own my own job. I want to retire someday and I don't want to do physical labor when I'm 55 either because I never expanded my business beyond myself and a few other guys. I'm not sure how much of the labor Tara does, but yesterday I spent 8 hours digging a trench in the worst clay and rock combo. And no way to get a trencher in. I was very tired. Theres no way I want to be involved in that type of labor when I'm older.
Rob I am betting my husband would probably agree with you on this...he is the one who does the bulk of the labor for our company.

I do not do any hard labor...I just take care of the fun and easy stuff... PR, administration, marketing etc etc etc...so I guess it is easy for me to be content with where I am at *
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Quote[/b] ]so I guess it is easy for me to be content with where I am at *
Tara - *Maybe check with him before you get to content! lol
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I think ultimately different people go into business for different reasons. When we reflect on these discussions, it helps us realize why we do it and then decide if this is the reason we want or if we want to create a new direction.

Rob, you have a lot of focus and to say what you are saying is the platform for much growth. I am sure if you keep at it, you will get your business where you want it to be.

With the seminars you have gone to and the books you have read, what suggestions do you have for others who might be in your similar situation? What should they do next? Are there any small steps you could recommend?

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Quote[/b] ]Steve - What do you think about putting the quick post back?
I had taken it out because it didnt include a way to attach a file and that was confusing some forum members. If this way gets to be too much of a pain. I can change it back.
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