Business Planning and Strategy

8 Ways To Know if You Have a Job or Own a Business

You have heard the saying before that “I don’t want to buy myself a job” when considering buying or starting a business. Yet, time after time I have sat down with business owners that have fallen into what we call the “owner’s trap”.

The ultimate test of your business can be found in a simple question: would someone want to buy your company? You have

Whether you want to sell next year or a decade from now, you must be building an asset someone would buy – otherwise, you have a job, not a business.

Here are eight ways to ensure you are building a company, not just doing a job:

  1. A job requires that you show up at work to make money, whereas a company generates revenue whether you are there or not.
  1. If your company is so reliant on a single customer that they can dictate how you deliver your product or service, your company is more like a job than a valuable business.
  1. A job is a place where your personal reputation impacts your results, whereas a company is a place where the brand is more important than the personality of the founder(s).
  1. A job requires you to use your personal experience and expertise to get a result, whereas a company is a place where a process – not a person – consistently produces a desirable result.
  1. In a job, you get fired for taking too much vacation, whereas if you own a company, the more vacation you can take without impacting your company’s performance, the more valuable your business will be.
  1. In a job, the harder you work, the more money you earn. In a company, the smarter you work, the more money you earn.
  1. In a job, you solve the problems. If you own a company, your employees solve the problems.
  1. If the majority of your customers know your mobile phone number, it’s likely you have a job, not a company.

If you’re not sure whether you have a job or own a business, take 13 minutes to fill out a confidential questionnaire on my website. There is no cost and you will see your business through the eyes of a buyer. Then, you can start building the business you dreamt of when you started.

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