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How to Stop Burning Out as a Service Provider

Feeling overwhelmed and burnt out in your business journey? You’re not alone. It’s a common problem that stems from the beginning of the business journey.

You decide to provide services. You focus on building and making sure people correlate YOU to the business. You get clients, and they are happy, but as time moves on you want more. By more, I mean time. You realize business is going amazing, but there’s just one little problem. You are the only one that can do the job.

Sure you may have some of the things other professionals recommend: Digital Products, SOPs, etc, but it’s not enough for you to leave the business without a trace.

This is when you realize you are the “product”. When you’re the product, it’s harder to step away in business and this tends to be a turning point for some to rebrand or completely shut down. Let’s go over why this happens and how to avoid it.

Growth vs. Scaling

The burning out piece all begins with the Growth and Scaling process. Growth is inevitable in business. However, many people don’t scale. This is because there’s an emphasis on growth, but not the strategy piece that comes with it. This leads to businesses hitting a growth wall. You get more clients, more team members, more money, etc, but then you hit a max and have to start all over again.

Scaling requires an understanding of your Operational Processes and knowing what needs to be improved so you aren’t constantly growing and burning yourself out. Your Operational Processes plays a significant part in Scaling a business and digitalizing yourself. What happens when you don’t make this a priority in the beginning?

Operations in Business

When you start to have feelings such as Disorganization, Inconsistent Income, Client dissatisfaction, and the constant need to rebrand/start something new, it’s a sign that your Operations were an afterthought in the beginning. To get started on improving your Operations, you’ll need to prioritize Organizational Design and Development to help you map out your plans. You can click here to watch a quick video on what this looks like.

Another thing to keep in mind is to Document the Processes you come up with as you build (Organizational Development). Documenting your processes before and after you execute them makes it easier to strategize your business’ next step.

Inserting the DDI Framework

Here at The Lazy Millennial, we use a framework called DDI- Document, Digitalize, Improve- to help businesses understand the importance of documenting their Operational Processes and then finding the correct solutions that fall in line with how they plan to exit their business.

Some benefits of doing this include:

  • Feeling empowered and in control of your business journey, free from the constant uncertainty and guesswork.
  • Delighting your clients with seamless experiences, thanks to comprehensive process documentation and swift issue resolution.
  • Building a business that’s not only profitable but also flexible and adaptable to whatever challenges come your way.
  • Finding joy in your work again, knowing that you’re creating a sustainable future for yourself and your loved ones.

In this fast-paced world, being burnt out is almost seen as a right of passage. This does not need to be a reality. Take and implement the necessary resources and make them work for you. Always remember, things don’t exist if there isn’t any documentation on it. Take the time to document your Processes, find what was successful, and package it up to sell so you don’t need to be the “product” in your business forever.

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