Many business owners put all of their energy into the product they make or the service they deliver. Of course it’s important to have a fantastic offer and build customers who love what you do. But the real asset in your business – the thing that’s going to make it valuable – is the business model itself. How is the business structured to enable growth? If you were able to spend less time delivering what you offer and more time thinking about how to grow your capability and your market… what would your business become?
Key number 4. Focus on your business model
If you are going to create an asset – a valuable business that will pay you back for all your hard work – it has to be scalable. It has to be able to grow. Which means you need to think as much about how you do business as what you actually sell.
In a simple services model, like my advertising agency, my growth model was always going to be systems and team. I needed to build a team that would deliver the result as well as I could… time after time after time. So I planned for this and put energy into this.
With my pet care services business we used technology to take care of all of the administrative side of the business – a sophisticated search and booking system allowed clients to find and book their pet carers. Head office didn’t have to do anything other than recruit and train carers, and marketing. Our model was infinitely scalable with minimal effort.
So think now about how your business model works and what needs to be changed or re-designed to enable growth.
A note on recurring revenue
The most valuable businesses to a future buyer are those with recurring revenue – money that comes in regularly every month without having to get a new sale. In my ad agency we had most of our clients on fee based contracts, so we knew exactly what was coming in. Most contracts were for three years, so we could plan our growth in advance. Other recurring revenue models are subscriptions, memberships, franchise or license fees or product dependency (This is where you sell a piece of equipment – say a photo copier or printer, that requires the customer to buy ink, toner and paper every few months for the life of that machine).
If you can build recurring revenue into your business model, you can greatly assist your ability to scale and grow.
Two things you can think about now – what do you need to change to enable your business to scale, and how could you add some recurring revenue to your business? Grab a big pad of blank paper, or white board. Grab your partners, or your key staff, or your business coach, advisors, friends… whoever you can get to share some time with you. Brainstorm the growth potential for your business… what impediments do you have to growth, and what can you do to overcome them? And how can you build recurring revenue into the model?
As always, feel free to email me with ideas or questions. Love to help if I can.
Happy growing 🙂
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