Build A Business……Don’t Create Another Job

Many people dream of working for themselves, being their own boss, and having the freedom to only take on clients and projects they love.

What they don’t realize, though, is that there is a huge difference between building a business and being self-employed.

Business owners scale their income. Self-employed people trade dollars for hours.

Business owners leverage the skills and talents of others. Self-employed people rely only on their own skills.

Discouraged yet? Don’t be. Most business owner started out self-employed. Just don’t stay there. These tips will help you build a sustainable business instead of just another job.


Don’t Try to Do It All Yourself

Building a sustainable business requires that you leverage the talents and time of others. While it might seem cost-effective to simply do everything yourself—especially in the start-up phase when you likely have more time than money—it’s a path to burnout and stress.

Instead, separate your tasks into those that you love and are especially suited for (such as marketing) and those you dislike and aren’t good at. Then make a solid plan to get those that you aren’t good at off your list of things to do. If you feel like you can’t afford to outsource it all right now, start with what you tend to procrastinate the most on, even if it’s just a few hours each month.

Don’t Work All the Time

The trouble with working at home is that you live at work. And that means that there’s no clear line in the sand between your work day and your home life.

Since there’s always work to do, it’s easy to find yourself working every available moment—often to the detriment of your family relationships.

You can help avoid this by:

  • Setting—and maintaining—clear work hours
  • Having an office with a door you can close when you’re done
  • Scheduling time for family and other activities
  • Taking time for yourself

Holidays and Downtime Are Important

Don’t create a business that requires you to be “in the office” every day. At the start, you may need to be available more, but you should definitely be planning for the day when you can be “off the grid” for extended periods of time.

  • Have trusted contractors who can handle things when you’re not available
  • Leverage automation tools such as autoresponders and autowebinar systems
  • Create repeatable systems so you’re not always re-inventing the wheel

While you might not be able to hit the road with no internet access for weeks at a time, at the very least you should be able to reduce your workload to a daily check-in.

Sound impossible? It’s not. With some forethought and planning, you can create a team—and the systems they need—to successfully run your business without becoming overwhelmed and overworked.

To Your Success,

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  1. Logan @ Money Done Right on February 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    As someone who recently gave his notice at his employer in order to pursue full-time entrepreneurship, this definitely resonates with me. Thank you for writing this!

    • Bryce on February 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      All the best as a full time entrepreneur .

      Thank you

  2. Livia on February 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    “Don’t try to do it all yourself” is a great piece of advice. Even as a freelancer you can still externalize some tasks, like content creation or design. I think this is important because you can’t always do everything even if you think you can. For sure you can learn to do more but it takes time. Give yourself that time to learn without jeopardizing your business.

    • Bryce on February 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  3. Bryan Carey on February 6, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Yes, building a business by leveraging the talents of others is what matters. No one is an expert on everything- you need to surround yourself with those who have expertise that you lack, in order to improve the chances for success.

    • Bryce on February 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, that’s right. No one is an expert on everything.

      Thank you.

  4. Edgar Sierra on February 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Very well said. I truly appreciate how you talked about the importance of downtime. A lot of companies, this days, want to push more profits which means making people work hard and longer hours!

    • Bryce on February 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Yes, it seems like it’s just more and more hours these days.

      Thank you

  5. J. Endress on February 6, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    This is great. It seems like people get really passionate about DIY and doing everything- but if you scale up, that’s just not feasible.

    We’ve established a couple of benchmarks down the road where we can hand off the tasks we aren’t too keen on. Great points on the work/homlife separation.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Bryce on February 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Good on you. ALL the best for the future.
      Thank you !!

  6. Yasmin on February 7, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Hi Bryce,

    I would like to join you to startup affiliate marketing as my part time business. Will you be able to guide me? Thanks

    • Bryce on February 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      It’s really about building yourself an email list. There is a lot of info out there.

      All the best 🙂

  7. Sam on February 7, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    As someone who has always believed in owning and working in your business, I can fully relate with this. Thank you so much Bryce for the good advice.

    • Bryce on February 7, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      thank you Sam.

      All the best towards your success

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