Much of the advice I give is in keeping focused on your end game, what I call the Big Picture Goal (BPG). It’s this focus, I believe, that will keep you busy doing the right things, those things that lead you to business success. It’s classic ‘Begin with the end in mind” strategy a la Covey, Collins, and Kiyosaki. But what happens when you finally get there?
- Set a new Big Picture Goal. Maybe your BPG was to get to $1,000,000 in sales and you made it. Now, you might set a new BPG of $10,000,000 or a second location doing the $1M. Alternatively, your BPG might have been more short term in order to ensure survival, and now you’re ready to look even bigger!
- Sell the Business. An admirable end for any business is to sell it and retire financially independent. If that is what you have in mind, then start researching how a business in your industry is valued (multiple of sales, multiple of profits, value of assets, etc.) Then, you can start planning for the Big Sale!
- The Succession Plan. You might want to step aside and have a new leader manage your business. Just as Bill Gates stepped aside and allowed a ‘real’ CEO to run his company, you might want to set up a plan of succession for a manager/CEO to take over the day-to-day operations of the business. That new manager can SMS text you the good news while you’re fishing!
- Close the Doors. Sometimes, the owner is the talent of a micro-business, a talent that just can’t be passed on or sold. If this is the case, then a plan of creating investment savings from profits might be the end game. Yo u still want to leave this with financial security. However, I would still recommend you look for ways to replicate yourself (licensing, website, write a book, etc.).