Wow… Two years ago I never imagined writing an article for our blog from an airport terminal. I’m waiting for a flight to take me away for a one-week business trip – another un-imagined moment. Yes, our business has grown fantastically, however for this trip, we had to bite the bullet.
What do I mean? Keep reading…
At least a year ago I was introduced to Infusionsoft. While the program sounded great, there was, in my mind, no way I could consider spending the money to use the program ourselves. Unfortunately, by not learning the program for our own use, no client was willing/able to hire us to do Infusionsoft work for them either.
Looking back, THAT was a big mistake. I wish I had scraped together the cash to make it happen then. Like many other business owners though, I let the financial cost outweigh the gain/benefits. Let a year go by and many of us will realize our mistakes. For some it’s too late and the opportunity has passed by forever. For me/us, an even better opportunity came our way – and this time I couldn’t say no… We had to bite the bullet.
And as a business owner, if you want to see your company grow you need to be prepared to bite the bullet as well.
You may be wondering how exactly I feel I bit the bullet, and here’s my response. Each of my sponsors has been given a number of hours, 5 of which can be used each week. Considering the sponsors have already paid for this time through their sponsorship, these hours are time I will not be getting “paid” for going forward. Altogether they total a considerable number of hours that I would normally be invoicing clients for, however on the flip-side I have to remember what these hours could mean for our business:
- Increased Client Load
- Earning Potential
- Company Expansion
I spent dozens of hours learning Infusionsoft. I’m giving up a week of billable time to attend Certified Partner training. And I’m not going to be invoicing my sponsors. However what I get in priceless in comparison.
My advice to business owners? Bite the bullet. If you did your homework in advance you won’t regret it.
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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