Many years ago my job was to build sundecks. Well actually, my job was to lay the vinyl coating on sundecks. It was hot work in the summer and freezing cold/wet work in the winter.
It was work that took me out dawn till dusk year round. It paid well in the summer when there was plenty of work and lots of hours to do the work in.
It paid less well in the winter when it was wet and the glue wouldn’t work, or you had to build out crazy tarp contraptions to keep the deck dry.
During my career as a deck builder, the one thing that always got me was calling the boss around 3 p.m. when I needed something, only to find out that 4 days out of 5, he was already at home or out for a beer with his buddy.
He was enjoying a cold beer while I still had hours of work left. To make matters worse, I often found his estimates didn’t match the work that actually needed done.
Despite my boss’s generosity,  I hated the job.
The only rational way to structure a company is in such a way that you would work well within it. In other words, you should create a company you would want to be the employee of, not merely the boss of. – Growing a Business
Would you be an employee?
Some of you may be thinking that as the owner, you’ve taken all the risks and are therefore entitled to the overwhelming portion of the ‘success’ .
Do you have the newest, nicest computer within your company (that perhaps you only use for your email writing)?
Are you sitting on the newest ‘hot’ chair while your employees deal with old, abandoned chairs that have been there since you opened up the office?
Would you want to be treated like you treat the newest employee?
If you’re answering ‘yes’ to the first two questions or ‘no’ to the last one, it’s time to stop and think about the type of business you’re running.
If you wouldn’t work for the business you run, why on earth are people working for you? If you have high employee turnover, it may be due to the fact that you wouldn’t enjoy being treated like you treat your team.
Start taking the time today to build a company that you would actually want to work at.
 The deck boss was generous with annual bonuses but a single bonus never quite felt like it made up for many 10 p.m. nights and 5 a.m. mornings when I learned he was out at the movies while we worked, and still making more money than us doing the work.
 Success usually defined as profits or vacation time.