We had a lot to do this week - ranging from sales calls to building a desk and engraving boards! Not to mention that we had to take a trip to our Air Force unit to knock out some work there. All of a sudden our 7 day week turned into 3 1/2 days in the blink of an eye! So how did we handle it?! Obviously all of the work still had to get done...for both our Air Force jobs AND our business.
There's always a way if you're open to change...
Our solution was to start splitting up jobs within the business and officially assign set roles for Davis and I. Over the past couple years we've always done EVERYTHING together - because we figured two people working at a task would make it go 2x faster! Well, sometimes that worked! For example, we can mill lumber way faster with 2 of us rather than just one. We can purchase and load up wood faster with 2 people, too!
But sales calls don't get made in a higher volume with 2 people on the same call. E-mails don't go out faster with 2 people writing them. Presentations for Realtor meetings don't get made quicker with 2 people staring at the same slides. You know what I mean?
Now that our business is rolling and orders are starting to come in - we really need to take advantage of the fact that there are 2 of us. This doesn't mean we can NEVER help the other person with their tasks, though! That would be kind of counter-productive. On the contrary, we need to be able to take on large aspects of each others' roles if need be (in case someone gets sick, or one of us needs to leave and go fly a hurricane mission, etc.) We got a lot of these concepts from the book E-Myth by Michael Gerber. Probably our favorite business book right now (maybe ever!)
So what does this look like for us?
Well, Davis will be taking on the majority of the building. I'll still help when he needs it and have knowledge of how to do a lot of his tasks, but for the most part, designing and building is his thing now!
I (Jennie) am now head of sales. I find leads, reach out to them, and handle all marketing - both physical and on social media. Davis will still help from time to time and find leads where he can, but for the most part, it's my thing now!