Talking To The Competition About Automobile Dismantling
Because I am the type of person to get the cell phone numbers of all my mail people – and am on a texting basis with them (Fedex, USPS), I am the type of person to walk around my work neighborhood to have small talk with the local business owners.. AND.. I am also the type of person to text the CEO and owners of my competition to ask them.. what’s up?
I found out they were/are incredibly more die hard than I am. Granted, I am a female in a male dominated industry. And I don’t have partners.
But because of that it makes me want to become just as die hard (even though I believe I’ve almost killed myself starting this business). So I dropped out of my Intro To Auto class I’ve been taking at the nearby community college in order to finish up my goals that I have been postponing due to trying to figure this life out. Dropping out of a class when I am getting an A was not that hard to do.
I am officially a “drop out”. HA!
One CEO and his Co-founder worked nonstop, 10 hour days, for a year. Didn’t hire out so they profited faster.
Me? Outsourced almost everything I could. Now things run without my micro-managing involvement. But at the capacity that it can be? No. At a comfortable capacity where my sanity still remains with me? Yes.
I am doing more outdoor activities. I am sleeping in later. I am feeling more relaxed. Life is less… scary.
At the pit of my stomach I feel like I can do so much more.
I used to look down upon businesses that didn’t want to grow when they can do so much more. But it seems like at the expense of their own happiness, most people won’t want to do “so much more”. Most business owners just want to be happy. Make enough money to live, have enough freedom to be in control of their own schedules, and spend life as stress-free as possible.
My perspective on businesses and ownership and running businesses is changing. Not because of anything life-changing. Just that I want to choose a more free life over one where I have to suffer to be rich.
My goals for the end of the next 6 months:
1) Keep on automating my business so no one depends on me for anything.
2) Get my internet business at least launched and running (who cares the number of subscribers, I just need the infrastructure set up).
3) Push sales to 12K/month.
4) Become a better outdoor rock climber.
5) Transition the name change successfully. Launch a large SEO effort.
6) Answer more questions, ask more questions, be more involved in online communities.
7) Genuinely care more.
I like writing random posts.