By Jen Taylor

They say all great things require taking a leap of faith, and it’s certainly true for entrepreneurship! While there are many risks involved, it can bring you rewards and benefits unlike anything you could get by working for someone else, no matter how far you rise in the ranks. 

That’s right: I’m talking about achieving dreams like near-unlimited income opportunities and the freedom to set your own boundaries while pursuing your passion. It’s not an easy path, but many find it to be the most worthwhile one.

While you may have the vision and the creativity, turning your rich ideas into functional plans is a whole different ball game. It’s easy to fall into the trap of under-communicating with your team when you’re unsure about your next steps or when you’re busy overseeing multiple tasks. When you’re not able to cover the gaps in your operations, you’ll be running around putting out fire after fire, which can be incredibly frustrating.

It also becomes difficult to celebrate all the excellent work of your employees, as you may get bogged down by problems that need your immediate attention.

Throughout my experience, I’ve also learned that one of the biggest reasons for burnout among business owners is the feeling of not accomplishing anything — even if you actually are. When your stress levels are off the charts, you might even forget all the reasons why you started your business in the first place. What began as a sweet dream could easily turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful.

Simply put, disorganized operations = stress = inevitable burnout.

As an entrepreneur myself for 17 years now, I’m no stranger to the challenges of owning and growing a business. This is why I made it my mission to support small entrepreneurs with whatever they are struggling with — because I’ve been there myself.

In 2004, I opened the doors to my wedding planning company and saw great success. I received recognition for my seamless and efficient planning, and produced weddings for many happy couples. But I found that balancing the creative side of wedding planning with the logical side of business operations was harder than I expected.

I turned to my experience optimizing business processes, like warehouse management and inventory accounting. I streamlined the workflows, processes, and procedures in my own company, which allowed me to scale my business and hire a team.

While running my wedding planning company, I had the pleasure of working alongside highly innovative and talented creatives in the industry and beyond.

Yet, I noticed that many creatives struggled to stay organized in their businesses.

It makes sense, seeing that creatives are predominantly right-brained—wildly imaginative and expressive, but missing the necessary structure to create logical systems in their companies. This motivated me to go back to my first love—teams and operations management—and launch Jen Taylor Consulting in 2019.

Now, I help business owners by sitting down with them to learn about their goals and aspirations. Together, we strategize on how to make these great things happen by taking a closer look at major aspects of their business: finances, operations, client experience, team growth, visibility, products and offerings, systems, and personal growth.

From there, we build an infrastructure that can fully support their company’s efficiency and growth. Of course, I also oversee the streamlining of business processes and work through any obstacles that come our way. People often call me the “taskmaster” because I’ve enabled many of my clients to move forward by using efficient delegation. It’s a title I wear with pride!

As a business owner, I know that it can be hard to let go of control. However, I assure you that we will be full partners in the process. Doing everything alone can increase your business challenges tenfold; often, it’s just not practical. When I take on the tasks that bog you down, you’ll remove the guesswork and stress so you can discover a clear, profitable path to sustainable growth.

You will also have more time to focus on growth opportunities for your business, and this will free up your schedule for more of the things that you love. Truth be told, as an entrepreneur, you should be working “on” your business and not “in” your business. 

Lucky for you, whether it’s your first year in business or your tenth, there are ways for you to increase revenue while decreasing your workload at the same time. This will allow you to have a great work-life balance and truly enjoy what it means to be an entrepreneur.

If you’re ready to get started and want your business to work for you instead of the other way around, I’m here for you. Just reach out if you want someone you can bounce ideas off of, be your strategic partner, and keep you accountable!