Harper Morgan

8 ways to know if you have a job or own a business

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Do you have a job or do you own a business? The ultimate test of this can be found in a simple question: would someone want to buy your company or is it dependent on you?

Whether you want to sell next year or a decade from now, you must be building an asset someone would buy – otherwise, you have a job, not a business.

Here are eight ways to ensure you are building a company, not just doing a job:

  1. A job requires that you show up at work to make money, whereas a company generates revenue whether you are there or not.
  2. If your company is so reliant on a single customer that they can dictate how you deliver your product or service, your company is more like a job than a valuable business.
  3. A job is a place where your personal reputation and customer relationships impacts your results, whereas a company is a place where the brand is more important than the personality of the founder(s).
  4. A job requires you to use your personal experience and expertise to get a result, whereas a company is a place where a process – not a person – consistently produces a desirable result.
  5. In a job, you’re limited to how much holiday you can take and often worry about what’s happening when you are away, whereas if you own a company, the more holiday you can take without impacting your company’s performance, the more valuable your business will be.
  6. In a job, the harder you work, the more money you earn. In a company, the smarter you work, the more money you earn.
  7. In a job, you solve the problems. If you own a company, your employees solve the problems.
  8. If the majority of your customers know your mobile phone number, it’s likely you have a job, not a company.

If you’re still not sure whether you have a job or own a business, it’s time to get your Value Builder Score and learn how to reduce the dependency of your business on you.

The Value Builder Score assessment allows you to see your business as a buyer would see it, and helps you identify how you perform on each of the eight key drivers of company value.

You complete a questionnaire and after you’re finished you’ll get a customised 27-page report outlining how you performed and where you could improve the value of your company. Get your score now.