Upwards of 11,000 business books are published every year, and there are hundreds of thousands of business books in print. Sometimes it feels like I’ve read them all.
People are frustrated these days. I’ve had more than the usual number of people ask me what it takes to be successful in business and how you increase your odds to be successful. I get it: We’ve been living in an unpredictable world, and a lot of owners and managers—especially in the small business world—feel like they’re behind the eight ball.
If your answer is, “Not really,” or “NO! Not at all!” I’m sure you’re frustrated. You’ve done everything you can think of doing, yet you’re not seeing the success you hoped for when you started out.
Are you a property manager juggling properties and problems? A parent trying to find balance between work and home? A business owner who is overcommitted?
I talked to two different clients last week who lamented that no one is networking anymore. They’re feeling the loss: not just the business they get from having a strong networking and referral system but the social aspects too. Getting in a room with businesspeople who face the same challenges you do. Celebrating wins with each other. Learning together.
Does this describe you? Your business is growing and you have a great team in place—but you’re working harder than ever. You’re still struggling to free yourself from your business, despite reaching your goals.
Way back when I started my first business (which was not, in fact, when dinosaurs roamed the land; it was just after that), I thought there were only two stages to running a business: You were either broke, or you were really broke.
One of the questions I get asked all the time is, “How do I bring in more business?” Right behind that is, “How do I get it all done?” Those are related, of course: If you’re bringing in more business, you’ll have more work that has to get done. And unless you want a reputation problem on your hands, you have to find a way to get that additional work done with the same exceptional level of quality.
I was talking to one of my clients the other day, the owner of an IT business who recently lost both of his employees and is having to work crazy hours because of it. He knows he needs to replace them, but he wants to make sure he does it right.
I Have a Life for the First Time in 18 Years!
I hired Jim Roman to be my coach for my business. I not only hired the best coach but also received a staff of coaches to help me with everything from understanding my numbers, improving my marketing and, most of all, putting together the best team to run my business. The business is doing so well, and I have a personal life for the first time in 18 years. I can’t put into words how thankful I am to Jim and his team. Without them, I would still be coming to work stressed every morning. Instead, our firm is winning, my family is saving for a trip to Germany, and I’m feeling great about the future.
Jim Made Me Brave Enough
I was brave enough to build my house at the lake because Jim helped me envision what my life would be like one day, and I wanted it, so I moved to that goal. At one of his Boot Camps I attended, Jim gave us pins saying, “Leading the Way”; helped me realize what a responsibility each of us have as leaders of our companies. We are providing a living for ourselves, our families and our coworkers. The Boot Camp was exactly what I needed to get me back on track, to movitate me and to get me to focus on moving the company forward. He even talked to me about how to build my business to sell it one day if I wanted—and I have sold the business!!! I have had other mentors in my life, but since my dad died I have had no other mentor like Jim. I am always grateful to him.
One of the Best Speakers and Trainers
Jim is one of the best speakers and trainers I have ever seen or heard, and I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best in financial services over the years. Jim was instrumental in advising me to sell my interest in my former firm and start Financial Freedom Planners. He is very excited about and believes in our vision and mission. He is very smart, extremely dynamic and knows what I do for a living. In addition, he is an expert at networking, developing effective referral partners and relationships. Jim’s advice and counsel have had immeasurable value to me and my startup, especially when I lost momentum at one point.
An Integral Part of My Success
Jim and I have worked together to build a solid foundation for my business. His coaching has been an integral part of my success in my business as he provides an outside perspective that challenges me. I came from a corporate background and wanted to pursue my own business, but I quickly realized that, even with a graduate degree, I didn’t know what I didn’t know about running and managing a small business. Jim has helped me focus my efforts on those critical elements that have made my business successful while increasing my confidence as a business owner. Jim really knows how to drill down to the basics, in particular the foundational aspects of helping business owners break down their business into more manageable pieces, keeping them focused and on track to reaching goals. He is an excellent coach, trainer and mentor.
Jim Truly Cares About Me and My Company
Jim has the ability to bring a new and unique perspective to the majority of the challenges that I have consulted with him on. It is evident that he truly cares about me and my company based on the fact that he offers more than short-term, "quick fix" solutions. His coaching has really helped hold me more accountable to myself so far as my professional and personal goals.