I did everything myself for 3 to 5 years. I had help from time to time and I wouldn’t have made it this far if I hadn’t had. But for the first part, I was just doing all of the work. I wasn’t yet an entrepreneur, I’d just given myself a job. A job with myself as a boss. This is a little less than ideal because you can’t really fire yourself. In this stage, I still did not know the first thing about being an employer, and I appreciate all of those that tolerated my learning curve.
For the next period, from 5 to 8 years, I was still attached to several of the jobs I’d created over the years. I was reluctant to hand them over. It wasn’t until I opened my second location that I embraced the idea of delegating what I once viewed as a coveted position. This was out of necessity. It is scary to give all of my jobs away, because nothing makes me feel as useless as having nothing to do. And it is never really fun to face the all of the things that I really have to do.
But it wasn’t until I had a great team that the vision of myself as an entrepreneur became clear. Because I’d given all of my jobs away, I was free. I could now work to break the system. I could test stuff to see what worked and what was too much work. This is like creating another job. As I do this, time and time again, someone that is much more qualified than me will show up to fill the role of the new job. So one thing that I am learning is that if time is money, patience is invaluable.