Entrepreneurial Stages

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell, Former U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Entrepreneurial Evolution | How Far Up The Mountain Are You…?


Step 1 | Self Employed

By definition ‘self-employed’ people are technicians. Taking pride in their work and jobs, they often become disillusioned with working for someone else and feel they could do a better job. From there, the technician starts a business, typically with far less capital than is needed. Although they’re good at production, they most often lack skills of planning, strategic innovation, finance, recruitment, induction, administration, systemisation and lead generation, to name a few…

The personal exertion income, is often enough to just pay the bills, but not enough to employ others; particularly in production. Many resort to coercing life partners to help in areas of administration at a pay level that nobody outside the family, would ever tolerate…

Staying at the ‘self employee’ level, is very challenging. Production is done during the day; management and administration at night. Having two full time jobs for no more pay than their previous job, leads many to return to employed positions. Others realise that the value of education is greater than the value of production in the long term and take the next step to…


Step 2 | Manager

The ‘Manager’ business owner, has at least one person, helping with ‘production’ in their business (somebody in reception, isn’t production; nobody pays you to provide them an invoice). There may be additional administrative people, but typically, their wage is simply a cost of doing business.

Now the challenge for the ‘Manager Business Owner’ is TIME. There are people helping with production, but there’s typically a huge amount of time spent (micro) managing the team. This business style is often ‘reactive/tactical’, where the owner typically makes the most of opportunities that arise (rather than deliberately creating the seed of the opportunity).

For a Manager to get to the next level, we work with them on systemisation. When systems run the people, the owner’s confidence in production and admin increases, the faith in the team’s abilities skyrockets; the team’s synergy increases spectacularly; AND the owner now has ‘TIME’ AND ‘MONEY, to step up to…


Step 3 | Director

The Director is characterised by a ‘Proactive / Strategic’ style of management. The day-to-day operation of the business, is now looked after by the team and the Director can now work on proactively planning, defining & creating the ‘future’ of the company and begin the education needed to ‘leverage’ their knowledge and plan ‘major’ leverage as an…


Step 4 | Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs have the knowledge, skills and mindset to create and ‘juggle’ multiple entities. Whether they open a second factory, store, or outlet, the speed of development and progress to profitability is far faster than the first model. A different level of systems need to be developed to achieve multiplication of a business, without multiplication of workload. But once the system and process for duplicating businesses has been developed, it is time to sell that experience and work as an…


Step 5 | Investor

Investors sell their knowledge to create significant wealth. They often diversify into property and other investments that generate passive income. They have time to live their dreams and contribute back to the community with philanthropic activities. Isn’t that what you dreamt about when you decided to take that first big step away from the ’employee’ tribe…?