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4 Important Steps to Determine If Your Business' Check Engine Light is On

Having owned a car for most of my adult life, I experience absolute panic and a knot in my stomach when that terrifying 'Check Engine' light appears on the dashboard.

Then my mind starts going through ALL the scenarios that could possibly be behind that dastardly light.


  • When was the last time I changed the oil?

  • Is it just tire pressure? (I know there's a different light for this, but my mind goes there anyway)

  • Is it the catalytic converter? What even is a catalytic converter and what makes it go wrong?

  • Is it just a fuse thing? Where is the fuse box and do I even have any extra fuses?

  • I really should get the car washed before I take it in to the mechanic...and clean out the back seat.

The running dialog goes on for. ever.


Looking back, it's all the things I've probably neglected to handle to keep my vehicle running smoothly. And I KNOW what I'm supposed to do. I just...didn't.

Didn't, because I was too busy getting to appointments.

Didn't, because I had to run errands.

Didn't, because I had social events, stuff to do at home, you name it.

So now it all comes back to haunt me.


Just me? Tell me it's not just me.


Being small business owners, when we're honest with ourselves, there are things we don't do that are going to catch up with us.


Don't, because we're not good at it.

Don't, because we don't like to do it.

Don't, because there are other things we'd rather be doing.

Don't, just because we don't want to.

And yup, it's going to catch up with us.


Oftentimes, we know we need to let someone else take care of some of the things, but don't even know where to start.


Here are 4 steps to take when trying to figure that out.


  1. Remember your genius zone. You know, that thing that you love to do, you're good at, probably the reason you're in business for yourself.

  2. List all the tasks your business needs in order to run. [Hint: Most of them will not be money-making activities]

  3. Of these things, which do you kind of like to do and would miss doing?

  4. The things that are left should be outsourced.

I know, it's easier said than done.

If going through these steps are still too overwhelming, bring your business in for an Efficiency Diagnostic Evaluation can help with that. Our in-depth diagnostic evaluation and our Efficiency Team can help you see the bigger picture and get you and your business going in the direction you've dreamed it could go.


Schedule your strategy session today if your business's check engine light is on. (And if it's not on, but you expect it to any day now, you should schedule one, too.)







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