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Small Business Champion Series from Rich Brady...Putting the Family into Family Business

Tuesday, May 22 at 15:54

So, I’m here to talk to you about why I want to be a small business champion. I truly believe that everybody should be able to put their family first and not be a slave to their business.
When you first start out, embarking on that business owner journey, you kind of think, “Well, yeah, I have to put some hard hours in initially”. You work tons and tons of hours, but it’s okay. Eventually, you’ll be so successful that you’ll have lots and lots of free time to with your partner, the kids, parents. Even the dog!
That’s not what happens.
You start off on that journey, and you put all those hours in, and then the business reaches critical mass. You’re generating revenue, but you spend almost every waking hour on it.
When you’re not in the office or doing the thing that you do, you’re thinking about it. All the time. Then add in social media, emails, networking and accountancy…
It never stops!
There’s money coming in, but not enough for help. You're thinking “I’m not going to spend 200 quid on outsourcing this, I’m can do that myself.” You’re saving cash, but losing time. The one thing you cannot buy! I see this happen to quite a lot… My parents still do it. Now you’re just busy all the time, you’re getting stressed and maybe a little scared. Ultimately, you’re not spending the quality time with loved ones. The very reason you started on this journey.
What is my role as a small business champion?
I want to help you put your family first. It’s something that I do for myself. I help my team do it and we are doing it more and more for our clients and customers. I’m taking my passion for putting families first and partnering with Small Business Saturday UK. We’re going to help you. We are working on a series of videos and blogs that are going to free up some of your time, so you can prioritise your family again.
Imagine the future
I want you to think about how it would feel to spend more quality time with the people that you love. At the same time, you are going to grow a successful business. Can you picture it? That’s the ultimate aim, right? That is what I’m going to help you with.
What’s the trick?
We will go into specific details as the weeks unfold, but basically, you’ve gotta be more organized. Laser-focused! By being more organised and scheduling my time I’ve been able to prioritize my family. I’ve also cut a lot of meaningless distraction out of my life too. I was able to do that long before I had a team working with me. In fact, I had to. I’m a natural magpie. Flitting from one new idea to another and it means the business coasted for a while. These techniques can be used by everyone. Even if it is just you. You don’t need a big team around you to start spending more time with your family.Rich Brady will be posting regularly with his hints and tips - do keep an eye on social media and here on the blog for more Rich-ness.To hear directly from Rich, pop over to our Facebook page now for his first video.About the Author:Rich Brady is Managing Director of Brady Global Ltd, and a Champion for Small Businesses both in his home of North Wales and across the UK. Rich is a SmallBiz100 Alumni and a passionate advocate for putting the family into family business.

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