Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2023. 9:11 am CST.
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By Charles Leslie | Former Chairperson of Placencia: As a solopreneur or small business owner in Belize, you might have found yourself struggling to balance the daily operations of your business with the long-term goals you have for it.
Perhaps you’re working long hours and still feel like you’re not making progress.
If that sounds familiar, my fellow Belizeans, you may benefit from reading “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It” by Michael E. Gerber.
“The E-Myth Revisited” is a best-selling business book that challenges the conventional wisdom that entrepreneurs are born, not made.
Instead, Gerber argues that the key to building a successful business is not just having a great idea, but understanding how to build and run a business that can thrive even when you’re not there.
This is what kills most small business owners in Belize.
At the heart of Gerber’s philosophy is the concept of the “E-Myth,” which stands for the Entrepreneurial Myth.
The E-Myth is the mistaken belief that if you have technical expertise in a certain area, you’re automatically equipped to run a business that specializes in that area.
Gerber argues that this is not the case.
Instead, to be successful in business, you need to understand three distinct roles:
The entrepreneur is the visionary who creates the big picture for the business. They set the goals and the strategy and come up with new ideas for growth.
The manager is the person who ensures that the business operates smoothly on a day-to-day basis. They handle logistics, finances, and personnel management.
The technician is the expert in the area in which the business specializes. They perform the work that generates revenue, such as accounting, web development, or consulting.
According to Gerber, most small business owners fail because they try to be all three roles at once.
They have technical expertise, but they don’t have the skills or the desire to be entrepreneurs or managers.
As a result, they become overwhelmed and burn out.
To overcome this challenge, Gerber recommends that small business owners focus on developing systems that can be replicated and implemented by others.
By creating standardized processes for every aspect of the business, from sales to customer service to marketing, you can ensure that the business can run smoothly even when you’re not there.
Gerber also stresses the importance of working “on” your business, not just “in” it.
This means taking a step back and thinking strategically about the long-term goals and direction of the business, rather than getting bogged down in day-to-day tasks.
Overall, “The E-Myth Revisited” is a valuable resource for Belizean solopreneurs and small business owners who want to build successful businesses that can grow and thrive over time.
By understanding the three distinct roles of the entrepreneur, manager, and technician, and by developing systems and processes that can be replicated, you can set yourself up for success and avoid the common pitfalls that plague many small businesses.
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