As a business owner, you shouldn’t have to deal with the nitty-gritty aspects of your company every day. You need to buy yourself time to handle the most important things. In a previous blog, we discussed how hiring more employees can buy you freedom. However, if you don’t have the means to hire workers right now, there’s another approach you should try.
Taking on more responsibility can set you free. You may be thinking, “but that’s more work! How can more work make you freer???” It’s not more work, though. It’s more responsibility.
Let’s take a look at the role of the founding attorney at a law firm. Jonathan Sparks, the founder of Sparks Law, understood that the more reliable you are, the more responsibility people are willing to give you. So, he showcased his reliability, and clients began giving him the responsibility of writing their customer contracts and handling other legal processes.
Having taken up that responsibility, Jonathan got more experience doing those tasks, which allowed him to start charging for his services. Once he was able to charge for his services, he had the funds to hire staff to do that work, freeing up his time.
This process works for just about every field. The person responsible for doing a task has the opportunity to become great, charge for their services, hire employees, and eventually set themselves free.
Recognize the difference between work and responsibility. It’s only more work if you choose to do the work yourself. Once you have gotten to the point where you can hire employees, you can create a system where the work you’re responsible for gets done regardless of your time.
Figure out what your unique freedom looks like and go after it. Make it a clear set of goals for each Quarter and make them happen. Your body and spirit will naturally chase goals, making you more reliable, responsible, experienced, and free. Getting free has a tendency to snowball; it’s an upward spiral. The freer you are, the more freedom you seek out. You get in the habit of making choices that give you more and more freedom. That freedom makes you stronger and more your authentic self.