Why do you do what you do?
A few weeks after setting up Bailey Dean, founder Gareth Sanders was asked this exact question, his answer was as follows -
I could give you a wishy-washy answer like I want to support 10 businesses that hit £1 million in revenue in five years, which is an aim I have.
Or, I want to build a national consulting firm that supports small businesses, this is also true.
The raw truth is that business is really hard and incredibly lonely. We are filled with Instagram and Facebook bullshit that tells us we need to hustle, grow and get an extra zero on the end of the revenue above sleeping and looking after ourselves. We go to networking groups to 'support' each other but no one ever says they are struggling beyond 'the traffic was heavy this morning' so we turn to coaches who say read a book, listen to a podcast or watch a video because at this level there aren't a lot of other options. We can get plenty of advice but not much support.
I have a saying that I have always stood by 'leave everyone better than you found them.' I believe living that motto is my life's meaning.
When I sold my previous companu, my wife and I spent a lot of time discussing what to do next. I didn't want to start another business because I have always loved the nuts and bolts of business rather than industries, that is one of the reasons I always focused on learning how to run a business, not a cleaning company.
So I could have gone to get a job most probably earning six figures or I could create a company filled with the type of people I needed when I was crying on the floor at 0100 after doing another sixteen-hour day and not being able to see a way out. The type of person all small business owners need at some point in their journey. The sort of person who is truthful to a fault with your best interest at heart, who clients can always rely on and when your back is really against the wall they put on their armour and come out swinging and always leave you better than they found you.