I am so excited about the launch of our new website and next phase of growth and development for Grow My Biz and our business consulting services. It is somewhat fitting that I am writing this on the date of celebration for our country’s independence, as it was almost 6 years ago that I elected to begin pursuing professional business consulting as a full time career. Much like the other businesses I had started and built, and that any business owners starts and builds…the journey has been quite incredible to say the least.
I thought it fitting to share a little of that story, along with Grow My Biz’s mission and guiding principles to illustrate where, I feel, we are quite a bit different than most others in the business coaching/consulting world.
Aside from door to door sales of crafts in elementary school, the mowing of yards in junior high and my ridiculous attempt at boat restoration services following high school (sorry Mom); I started my first real business (Applied Computers & Consulting) in November of 2001. At the time, I was little more than a glorified technical geek fresh out of the Marine Corps who also had some above average communication and sales skills. I had always had entrepreneurial tendencies and felt that my current technical skill set and sales talents were all that I needed to start my journey as an entrepreneur. Most the time in life, simply knowing enough to get started was all that I needed. Anything else necessary, I could pickup along the way. If I fell, or made a mistake, I would get up, assess and learn from that mistake or error. However, it wasn’t long before I realized that being “smart”, wasn’t going to cut it in starting and running a successful small business. I needed to be WISE!
Quick lesson for you on the difference between being smart and being wise. Smart is someone who learns from their own experience and/or mistakes. Wise is someone who learns from other’s experience and/or mistakes,so as to enjoy success quicker and suffer challenges and failures less.
It wasn’t but just 6 months into my new business venture that the writing on the wall started to show. I was working longer hours than I had working for someone else, making less money and carrying a ton more risk. Sure, I had the badge of being self employed and the privilege of calling myself the owner of a small business. Had you asked me how things were going, I would have quickly responded that things couldn’t be better. I was living the American Dream and couldn’t ever imagine why anyone would want to work for someone else. However, on the inside, I was fearful, concerned and knew that something had to change or else I was going to be eating such words and begin consuming a very large serving of humble pie that, I am sure, so many around me would be ready to serve.
It was about this time that I caught wind of a book titled, “The E-Myth Revisited“, by Michael Gerber. It only took the first chapter to grip me and open my eyes to what I needed to know to change the future of my company and perception of business ownership forever. I read this book over and over again and realized that I didn’t need to be a technician working in my own business, I needed to be an owner that ran a technical business. However, in order to do that, I had to gain a set of skills that I didn’t have. I had to begin a journey that was contrary to what I truly believed was the “right way” for developing my business. I had to tackle an entirely new arena of knowledge and experience if I wanted to be successful…and that area was business development.
I recently reviewed a 2014 report on failures of small business in America to find that 71% of small businesses fail within 10 years! That same report showed that the main overall reason for such failures was “incompetence”. There are lots of specific reasons that any particular business may fail, however, if you follow the trail up, most will lead to some level of knowledge gap in business development. The E-Myth book opened my eyes to it…but it was up to me to do something about it.
As soon as I turned my attention away from doing the technical work of my business, or at least minimized it, and began working on the overall operations and strategy of my business, the change in direction and results were almost immediate. Over the next several years I spear headed several others business that were started and then merged, acquired or sold. I really enjoyed business development in general and found that I truly had a talent for it. Furthermore, much like sharing the Gospel…I felt compelled to share what I had learned and knew with other business owners… or at least the ones that were willing to listen. I didn’t want them to share the same fate that a vast majority of other business owners in our country were experiencing. Unfortunately though, for many small business owners, “help” is a four letter word and pride is an obstacle to seeing and facing reality.
So it was in 2009 that I truly started putting together the initial framework of Grow My Biz. I had other companies and commitments at the time, so it took several years before I could truly commit to a full time venture and my passion for business consulting. I wasn’t till 2011 that such an opportunity came, and by that time, I knew exactly what I wanted Grow My Biz to look like, sound like and feel like. The challenge was getting that brand in front of other small business owners. The key I felt to doing that, was to offer services in a way that I believed were unique, targeted and more effective (both in cost and results) than other advisors in the market. Not only that, I wanted to offer business consulting services that were an extension of who I am and felt would appeal to me if I were considering assistance.
I have reviewed several coaching/consulting franchises, met with other coaches and consultants, researched lots of business models and weighed in my own experience, beliefs and intentions to come up with the following theme of who we are.
Grow My Biz’s Mission Statement is:
To help small business owners achieve physical and financial freedom by educating and assisting them in developing foundationally strong and effectively run businesses fueled by purpose and meaning.
Grow My Biz’s Guiding Principles are:
- The strength and cornerstone of our reputation derives from the integrity of our products, services and staff members.
- It is only through the success of our clients that we will realize our own success. We will accomplish such success through due diligence, clear communication, specific goals and well executed plans.
- We work to instill purpose and meaning in the works of our team members and clients.
- Regardless of title or pay grade, every member of our team is considered a valuable development leader in identifying and outlining ways to improve our business, products and services.
- Quality over Quantity – While our programs can work for every business, we accept that not every business can work within our program. As such we must only align ourselves with clients that share a strong understanding and belief in the framework, its principles, and a true commitment to its disciplined steps.
All in all, I am proud of Grow My Biz more than any other business I have started to date. It has allowed me to help so many small businesses that couldn’t or wouldn’t have received such help otherwise. We have a true passion for helping the little guy achieve whatever size of dreams they have for their business and their lives.
Thank you again for taking the time read this quick history and sharing our site with other’s if you feel there is value. Lastly, I wish you an incredible Independence Day and pray no American will ever forget or take for granted the incredible nation we live in and the bravery, commitment and sacrifice required to allow us the freedoms we enjoy today.
Sincerely and God bless!