If you are a small business particularly just starting out, it is all about revenue. Your accountant will tell you (very wisely) to focus on profit and I’d agree. However when you are trying to grow and get some mass, revenue can be just as important. I’m not saying you should do business for a loss or just for the sake of getting revenue, but I am saying that growing your customer base and getting cash flow going is key.
Of course it also depends what the vision of your business is. If you plan to stay small then the importance of profit goes up. If you want to have a team and enjoy some leverage then the focus of your efforts should be on growth and acquiring revenue.
I make this point because I see many small business owners getting caught up in the day-to-day operations and not spending enough time and effort on sales and marketing.
Think of it this way, if you had enough revenue to hire people to do your operations, then you could spend your time in other areas. And this is the catch 22 for small business. How do you spend time on revenue generation when you also need to spend time on operations? This is not a simple answer and will depend greatly on the business and the owner’s skillsets. The short answer is to get the low skill activities off your plate and free up at least 30% of your time to invest in sales and marketing. Even if you take a short term hit in profits due to the extra expense of an admin person, the time gained will quickly generate far larger profits.
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