I recently participated in an interesting Twitter Chat. The topic was spring cleaning your business. The idea was to share tips for running your business like a well-oiled machine.
I’m already going through the spring cleaning process at home, so this week, I’ve vowed to take a fresh look at my business and clean out all the wasted time, projects, clients (yes, even clients) that are mucking up my money making machine.
For help and assistance, I turned to an unlikely source – a new business book I just received as a recommendation from a friend The Entrepreneur’s Trap: How to Stop Working Too Much, Take Back Your Time and Enjoy Life. From the title, you’d think this was a book that was written to warn entrepreneurs about the obstacles that will get in the way of your success. It’s about so much more than that.
Are You Working Too Much? Stop it!
The Entrepreneur’s Trap is a short, practical book. It’s written for the independent business professional, solopreneur, consultant or coach – although, there is great wisdom in here for all kinds of businesses.
Forsyth is writing this book for business professionals who decided to pursue their dreams of owning a business with the primary goal being to have control of their lives. They want to have a say in how things go, how they spend their time and who they work with. But, somehow, in the process of building and growing a successful business, they have found themselves being controlled by the business itself. Blech.
If that sounds like you, at any level, then this is the book for you.
You’ll get through this book in a day or a weekend, that’s how short it is. It’s written in such an easy and engaging style, you’ll feel like you’re having coffee with a long-time friend.
I’d say the book really takes you on a journey from realizing that you’ve fallen into the trap of being run by your business, to showing you how to use automation to multiply yourself and your time. To build the business systems and mindset to create a business that practically runs itself.
The Entrepreneur’s Trap is Loaded with Goodies
One of the really great things about this book is that it has online resources. There are worksheets you can download with a password that’s given in each copy of the book. In addition to that, Forsyth also gives you access to her THRIVE Hiring Systm ™ so that you can build a team to support your business.
Tina Forsyth is a Force
Let me tell you a little about Tiny Forsyth (@TinaForsyth). She is an authority on establishing systems and building virtual teams. She is the Founder of the International Association of Online Business Managers and the creator of Automate Your Growth Business School, where she teaches entrepreneurs her process of building a strong business.
Don’t Ignore The Entrepreneur’s Trap – it’s Short, Easy to Read and Persuasive
When you get your copy of The Entrepreneur’s Trap, you’ll notice that it’s loaded with accolades from experts from the information marketing, coaching and online business worlds. Do not make the assumption that this is a book trying to sell you something. Forsyth does offer a “contact me for help” page at the end but that’s it.
What you may not know about the people who have made testimonials for The Entrepreneur’s Trap is that they are masters of building and developing business systems. Masters. That is all I can tell you. When you see them talking about developing a “freedom lifestyle” and doing videos by the beach, it’s not because they don’t work. It’s because they have worked on their systems. They have entire teams dedicated to running the system so that they are freed up to create and develop products.
Another reason I loved this book and was inspired by it is that it teaches small business owners how to hire people. I’ve made it my mission to help small businesses hire “just one more person” and this is a book that I’m using to make that happen. I can already share that I’ve been on this journey of building a business infrastructure for over a year and have built and developed a team of about 6-10 people. I can tell you that the more I work on the system, the more my business grows and the more people I hire.
Pick up a copy of The Entrepreneur’s Trap and start building your own business system. Stop trading time for money and start living a life you love.