Here’s the best-kept secret … you can have the business of your dreams and it can grow exponentially!
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Hi there. My name is Yvonne Weld and I grew up in an entrepreneurial world so it’s not surprising that I would start my own business. The entrepreneurial journey has been full of bumps and lessons and here’s the biggest lesson I have learned along the way ….
On June 7, 2014, my whole world changed in a single text message. That message read something like ‘I’m sorry, but I just can’t do it anymore. Tell the kids I love them and I’m sorry.‘ Thankfully luck was on my side that day and we were able to save my husband. Even more thankfully I had taken the time to set up the systems, the processes, the automation and the team that would allow me to take the time away from my business I needed.
This is not the only time I needed to step away from my business since starting in 2006. There have been both short-term absences and long-term absences where my business has not only survived but thrived. And I owe all of that to the work I put in up front.
How I Learned This Lesson
When I was twenty-eight years old, my father had a heart attack. At the time he owned his own business and did absolutely everything on his own. He worked in the field from sun up to sun down, taking breaks only to meet with new prospective clients. After dinner and on weekends, he would spend hours in his office doing the administrative tasks and preparing quotations for new work. The only time this wasn’t the case was when he was out at night attending community functions as a means of keeping his business at the forefront of his client’s minds.
I had known this lifestyle forever as my father had been an entrepreneur my entire life. Quite often I can remember eating dinner without my father as he dealt with some issue that had arisen that day at work. The thing is this lifestyle was not sustainable and the heart attack was evidence of this.
We had thought he learned this lesson six years earlier when at my wedding he professed to me that he felt badly he had missed out on my entire life. He swore that day he would not continue to make that same mistake. This lasted only a short time before he was back to his old ways. However, the heart attack was definitely the wake-up call he needed to make a change.
As a result of the heart attack, I did what I felt was necessary and left my corporate job to help him in his business. I took the time to help him set up the systems and automation that were lacking. This allowed him to stop working nights and weekends and actually spend more time with his family. Together we grew his business from three to fifteen at the time of his retirement. When it was time to retire it was easy for him to sell his business because everything was in place for someone new to easily step in.
One password was all I needed …
When I started my own business, I immediately set up systems and processes, automated what could be automated and set up a team who knew my business as much as I did. I did this even when I thought I couldn’t afford to do any of this. This all paid off on June 7, 2014, when I simply sent Patty (one of my team members) a text with one simple password that gave her access to everything. It was then that I learned a very valuable lesson… I couldn’t afford to not have a business that was prepared!
Since then having these things in place has allowed me to assist both my son and husband during their mental health journeys. I was able to spend valuable time with my mother during the last few months of her life after a lengthy battle with cancer. And even take vacations without feeling tied to my business.
Don’t break my heart …
It breaks my heart when I hear business owners who are faced with the horrible decision of business or family. They are faced with a time in their lives where a family member, a friend or even they themselves need to focus somewhere else. They are heartbroken because they know their clients are depending on them, but so is their family. While they know they must step away from their business they struggle as they cannot fathom not being there to assist their loved one but fear what their business will look like when they return.
It further breaks my heart when I hear of business owners who haven’t had a vacation in years or at least a vacation unplugged and away from their clients. They simply can’t ‘afford’ the time away or haven’t taken the time to ensure others can step in during their absence. I worry they too are heading towards their own personal heart attack.
I’m so excited to share with you that this does not have to be the way! You can not only have a business that will survive whatever obstacle life throws your way, but also thrive!! It’s up to you to take the first step and declare ‘I’m ready to make a change.’
Are You Ready to Make a Change?
If you are ready to create a thriving business, let’s connect. Let me show you how you can reduce the overwhelm and stress and create a business that runs so efficiently you can finally break through that glass ceiling! It’s time to fortify your business and make it stronger.