stop biz growing painsThere comes a time in every business where the things that used to work – the things that helped you realize the level of success you have today, just don’t cut it anymore.

In many businesses, it happens more than once!

Each time you move to a new level there will be a new pain.

This type of pain is good because it signals growth.

Today’s guest post is by the lovely Amber McCue – {find out more at the bottom of this post}

Maybe you’ve been there, so you understand. In case you are waiting for it or wondering what I am referring to, the pain can show up in a variety of ways:

Feelings of overwhelm.

  • There is simply too much for one person to do.
  • Teams aren’t working together well or there is confusion within the team.
  • Realization that you are leaving money on the table because the follow-up process is lacking.
  • Lack of clarity on what to do next.
  • Feelings of going through the motions vs. being excited about your business.
  • Unexpected and increased expenses to solve problems that arise.

It’s how you, as a business owner, respond to these key inflection points that makes the difference.

How you respond determines if you are moving forward or backward in your business. There is no such thing as no movement.

imageThe team members, systems, processes, sales techniques, marketing plans, financial management techniques, that work will need to be revisited and realigned for every new level. While this can seem completely overwhelming, there are ways to focus your efforts for maximum impact. To move through from one level to the next seamlessly, focus on these three areas:

  1. People + Team
  2. Systems
  3. Business Strategy

People + Team

The people that support your business are a reflection of you and your brand. Having a team to support you is critical as you move through phases of growth as they enable to serve and focus on what you do best. Do they know and represent your brand in everything they do? Are they familiar with your current vision or business strategy? Do you have the right people with the right skill sets on your team? Do you have a team in place? Are your team members committed to the success of your business? And don’t forget the business owner – You! Are you doing the right thing for your business? Do you set a good example? Do you act like a leader of the business versus a manager?


I’m referring to business systems, processes, and operations here. For example, what is your follow up approach after client prospect meetings? How do you manage your financials? How does your team interact to execute on a project? Is your process for marketing and executing on your editorial calendar sustainable? Do your business operations allow you to focus on what you do best? Often times our systems need revision before we hit the critical point of change. Systems and process can be built for change and to flex as you grow. You can considerably reduce pain and pressure if you set up flexible systems and processes before you think you need them.

Business Strategy

Finally, as you shift, things get uncomfortable, and you grow, you’ll want to revisit your strategic plan. Consider, does the business strategy you have fit your future business plans? Does your business model work? Is it financially viable to continue your business in its current operating model or is a big shift necessary? For example, if you are doing coaching today, it is scalable? Do you still enjoy doing one-on-one coaching? If you are offering group programs today, can you sustain the launch-hustle model you have? Is your marketing effective? Do you enjoy the people you are serving? Having a current business strategy and plan will help you, your team members, and any strategic partners you have understand what they need to do to bring your vision to life.

Your team and strategic partners can support you better if they know where you are going.  Are you ready for your next level of success?

Want to add a tip or two yourself? Or maybe tell us about your growing pains? Comment below & join the conversation.

 Guest Post: Amber McCue

Amber_McCueAmber McCue is an entrepreneurial business coach and small business consultant, teaching leaders how to run a business that increases their bottom line. She’s highly skilled in developing helping leaders put their business strategies into action while successfully navigating the obstacles that come up along the way. Amber coached business leaders running startup to $30M budgets, and she has experience running her own business as the cofounder of a photography boutique. Amber is a business philanthropist and is currently consulting with entrepreneurs and small business owners one-on-one and in in her group program called How to Clone Yourself. Amber can be found at If you are interested in learning more about how to run your business efficiently, check out Amber’s running your business from A-Z series on Facebook.

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