A business is just like a tree: it starts out small and grows. Just as a tree that starts from a seed and needs soil for nutrients, roots to feed it, a trunk for stability, and leaves to keep it growing, so does your business. A good amount of care and supervision goes a long way to ensure that all aspects are strong and well supplied. This allows the business to grow at a steady and optimal rate in the business environment where it lives and breathes.
All businesses start with the idea of “find a need and fill it” (Ruth Stafford Peale). Whatever that idea turns out to be, it becomes the seed of the business. Just as you would choose your seed, you choose the type of business you want: a business that would fit into your life and lifestyle, not the other way around.
This seed of an idea then needs to be nourished. That is what a business plan supplies. As the business grows, the plan will change and evolve to support the changing conditions that are present.
The internal structures of your business are comparable to the roots of the tree. The four main roots for a successful business are: Advisory Team, Finances, Systems, and Marketing. All of these roots feed your business with different, but necessary nutrients.
I know this from personal experience. My business has grown from a one-person bookkeeping operation working from home to an eleven person office in McKenzie Towne. The first year I worked alone from home, the second year I realized I had to hire someone. Word-of-mouth referrals flew in the door and by the third year the client base was doubling every couple of months.
It was six months into this surge of business that I came to the realization that in order to ensure my clients were taken care of the way I originally envisioned, I would have to slow down, take stock of what was going on and how the current systems in place were functioning.
My original seed of an idea has evolved to support the changing and growing needs of our clients: we are now a small business support centre. There are three distinct businesses where once there was one. We started as The Small Business Accountants. Now we encompass The Small Business Training Centre and The Small Business Financial Advisors as well.
It is truly a wonderful feeling to know that my little seed of an idea is now employing a number of great people and helping hundreds of clients succeed on many fronts of their own businesses. Our clients help us by allowing us to see into their future with them. We feel honored and privileged to be their business support centre of choice on their path to growing success.
Now you understand why we say “It’s more than just the business”