What's on your to-do list this week?

Man creating a to-do list

Does your to-do list have the things you like doing the most in your business at the top (usually the things you’re good at and why you started the business in the first place), followed by the things demanded of you by those who shout the loudest (usually your staff and customers)?

Sound familiar?

You’re not alone. But where on that list are the other things that you know need to be done?  Things that promote your business growth; that protect you and encourage your team to develop?

Experience tells us that these critical jobs usually fall at the end of a to-do list and often never get addressed.

Are we right?

Sadly, there isn’t a manual for these things, which is a shame as it’s a myth that everyone who starts his or her own company is a natural entrepreneur.

Most businesses exist because at one time somebody somewhere had a bright idea (either one of their own or one that originally belonged to someone else).  They register themselves at Companies House and prepare to conquer the world.

And for a while, at least in many cases, it goes well. Because the truth is it’s intoxicating to be your own boss and to call the shots.

But what happens if the intoxication begins to wear off, if growth starts to slow, and the initial thrill of going it alone begins to fade?

What if, instead of doing what you love, you find yourself doing all the things that you escaped the rat race to avoid? You sense the slow creep of stagnation that signals the terrifying fact that you’re falling out of love with your business?

Where do you turn to find the support you need to reignite that initial passion? How can you revive the thriving and successful company you dreamt of when you first opened that business bank account?

The hard bits of running a business won’t simply go away, no matter how far you bury your head in the sand. And whiling away your evenings working on the areas where you feel most comfortable – so at least you can feel like you’re being productive – is not a long-term fix. It’s also the reason why many new businesses fail.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Everyone needs someone who can understand the worries and frustrations we feel; someone to whom we can tell the truth. Because when everything’s out in the open, we can resolve our problems.

It’s the same in business.

At HiThrive, that’s what we do. We’re less of a business consultancy and more of a supportive, experienced and confidential ear.

We won’t identify what’s wrong and then leave you to sort everything out on your own. Instead, we’ll stand by your side and work with you to remove the problems that stand in your way, so you can thrive and grow to reach your full potential.

We’re a registered NBSL provider, and we work in complete confidence with companies across the North East. So when you’re ready to look at the bottom of your to-do list, give us a call or drop us an email.

Scott Rowland