how to scale without burnout

How To Scale Without Burnout

loyb podcast sustainable scaling Jun 03, 2024

Have you ever evaluated how scalable your current business model is?

Or if your business suddenly experienced a 10x increase in clients, what would break down?

The backbone of scaling in a sustainable way without overworking and burning out is a scalable business model and offer suite, but many businesses have ceilings and constraints in place that they don't realize exist.

In this episode of the Lean Out Your Business podcast, I dive into the crucial topic of scaling without burnout. I share valuable exercises and strategies to help entrepreneurs determine their business's scalability and identify constraints that may be keeping them stuck.

I emphasize the importance of a scalable business model and offer suite, and provide an in-depth examination of what it means to truly scale in a sustainable way without overworking and without burning out.

I also discuss how to determine your business’s scalability "limit" and identify constraints that might be holding you back, including:

  • Understanding if your current business model can support your big financial vision
  • Identifying the number of clients you'll need to meet your financial goals
  • Common scaling constraints and how to overcome them
  • Learn why consistent client experience is crucial and how systems can help
  • Why AI should be part of your team and how it can save time and resources
  • Differentiate between growth and true scalability for real freedom in your business

Tune into Episode 179 of the Lean Out Your Business Podcast or keep reading below.

What's Your Big Vision?

Start by getting clear on your financial goals. Whether you want to make $500,000 or $50,000,000, you need to know where you're headed. Your vision might change, but having a clear target gives you a direction.

Identify Your Core Offer

Your core offer is the main thing you sell. It's what brings clients to you. For me, it's the "Simplify to Scale" program. Figure out what your key offer is and its value.
Here’s a simple exercise: take your financial goal and divide it by the value of your core offer. This will show you how many clients you need each year to hit your goal. For example, if your target is $5,000,000 and your core offer is worth $5,000, you’d need 1,000 clients a year.

Systems and Team: The Backbone of Scalability

Once you see the limits of your current model, it’s time to set up systems and build a team to support growth. Systems create consistency and allow your team to deliver a reliable experience. This frees you up from being the bottleneck. And don’t forget tech - using AI and automation can cut down on manual tasks. 
If you are interested in learning about the different ways that AI can save you time and money, I urge you to take a look at this article.

And be sure to remember that as your business grows, keeping up a great client experience is key. Rapid growth can sometimes hurt service quality, which isn’t good for business. Systems and team efforts should aim to keep clients happy.

Insights: Do you know what’s working?

Growing without understanding what’s happening can lead to chaos. Tracking your numbers, KPIs, and other metrics helps you see what’s working and what’s not. Without this, you’re likely making guesses instead of informed decisions. Use both numbers and feedback to guide you, and you can easily use AI to help with this process as well.

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by Crista Grasso

Crista Grasso is the go-to strategic planning expert for leading global businesses and online entrepreneurs when they want to scale.  Known as the "Business Optimizer", Crista has the ability to quickly cut through noise and focus on optimizing the core things that will make the biggest impact to scale a business simply and sustainably. She specializes in helping businesses gain clarity on the most important things that will drive maximum value for their clients and maximum profits for their business.  She is the creator of the Lean Out Method, 90 Day Lean Out Planner, and host of the Lean Out Your Business Podcast


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