Jason shares how he became cash strapped and slave to his company and what he did to recalibrate his day-to-day role and sell the company to a strategic buyer.
What You Will Learn in Today’s Podcast Interview:
How rapid growth can consume your capital and cash
Strategies for deciding what work you love and who you should hire to help with the rest
Why clearly conveying your mission and vision to your employees is valuable for success
Jason’s framework for helping clients, The Three I’s: Issue, Impact, Importance
Why you should delegate the outcomes rather than the tasks
How implementing strategic systems and processes within your organization can allow you to take a step back from the day-to-day tasks
The importance of having a plan on your own terms for life after the sale of your company
How building your company with a clear end goal in mind gives you choices
How being intentional about what you want as your goals should drive how you build your business
The importance of building a valuable business in order to have options
The different ways you can exit your (management) role in your company and your ownership. For example:
Private equity recapitalization
In today’s episode, entrepreneur Jason Swenk shares with us how he grew and sold his 8-figure digital marketing agency. Jason founded the business after freelancing for many years, and describes himself as an accidental agency owner.
After 12 years of growth, hiring over 100 full time employees, and working with clients like Hitachi, AT&T, Coke and Legal Zoom, Jason found himself slave to the business with less freedom than he had BEFORE he became an entrepreneur. He was strapped for cash, making less money than expected, and was working in the day to day things he hated.
So Jason decided to recalibrate his relationship with the business.
Jason set up new systems and hired the necessary people to get out of the areas he hated. By taking a step back to get clarity on what his vision for the company was, he shifted from an accidental business to a scalable AND sellable organization.
Jason shares with us how he worked himself out of the business, why he decided to sell and what life was like working for the buyer... and how to avoid some of the mistakes he made (emotionally and financially) in the sale.
I’m excited to share the conversation with you today because Jason clearly explains the value of growing your business in order to have choices, rather than just growing to sell.
About the Jason Swank:
Right out of college, Jason was able to work for one of the five big consulting agencies in the industry, Arthur Anderson. But it didn’t take him long to realize that it wasn’t in his nature to work for other people.
Jason always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so he decided to quit his day job start working freelance. He eventually met his business partner. After merging their businesses, they formed their own digital marketing agency where they worked up to building and marketing for companies like AT&T, Hitachi, and Lotus Cars.
He sold the company in 2012, learned some lessons, and grew from those lessons, eventually creating a unique consultancy helping marketing agency owners grow their own agencies the right way (and faster).
Podcast Interview Quotes:
17:30 – “You gotta think about, like, I was accidental, like most people and I was just kind of going with the flow. I didn’t have that clarity to make decisions.” – Jason Swenk
19:57 – “If you would just tell the team where the f*** you’re going, you’d be good, right?” – Jason Swenk
20:05 – “If you hire people, delegate the outcomes, don’t delegate the tasks and they’ll actually do way better.” – Jason Swenk
34:18 – “That’s why I do what I do, because I wanted to be the resource I wish I had, right?” - Jason Swenk
02:20 - “Having that ass-backwards can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and unhappiness.” - Ryan Tansom, on the importance of building your business around your goals and not the other way around.
Links and Resources:
Jason Swenk Official Website
The Smart Agency Master Class Podcast
Swenk Today Show
Mastering Your Cash Flow Digital Course
ARKONA Boot Camp
Reach out to me if you have questions about the boot camp!
You can also reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on my LinkedIn.