12 Mantras To Embrace Chaos And Drive Growth

Robin RobinsMSP Marketing

One of the books that stands out to me is Robert Herjavec’s “Driven”, particularly his chapter titled “Embrace Chaos.” This concept resonates deeply when you’re in the throes of growing a business. Chaos is inevitable; it’s a sign that things are moving, shifting, and hopefully, improving. But when I talk about chaos, I don’t mean allowing things to spiral out of control to the point where your customers are being let down. While they might feel a bit of the turbulence, it’s more about riding the edge of control, like running downhill at top speed. It’s exhilarating and terrifying all at once.

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1. Mastering Your Emotions

When you feel overwhelmed, you may shut down. That’s why mastering your emotions is crucial. If you can’t handle feelings of overwhelm, stress, anxiety, and chaos, you’ll shrink back. This emotional mastery is like training any other muscle – it requires consistent effort.

You get paid for the amount of chaos and pain you can tolerate. So, understand that what you feel is normal. You’re not alone, and you’re not doing anything particularly wrong. Most entrepreneurs are in the same boat. To develop emotional resilience, consider practices like mindfulness, meditation, or even speaking with a business coach. The more you expose yourself to stress in controlled environments, the better you’ll handle it when it arises in business.

2. Simplifying Your Services

If you have customers and a service offering, that’s great. But you need a clear and simple managed services plan. Avoid all-you-can-eat plans if you’re too small to handle that. Clearly define what you do and what you charge extra for. Michael Glasser, who grew and sold a profitable MSP, had a limited set of managed services and billed hourly for everything else. This approach kept his profitability high.

For your current stage, follow a similar model. Offer a basic managed services plan and charge hourly for additional services. This simplicity will allow you to scale. Your customers likely don’t need advanced cyber compliance at this point. Provide a single service plan and a good contract – we offer these in our MSP launch kit. This clarity will help you avoid overcommitting and ensure you can deliver high-quality services without burning out your team.

3. Planning Your Week

Planning your week is essential. Choose a day, like Sunday or Friday, to sit down and look at your week. Block time to work on critical aspects of your business. Determine what is the most important thing to get done that week.

There are tasks that are both important and urgent, like helping a client who is down. Then there are tasks that are important but not urgent, such as getting your contracts in place or refining your RMM. Make it a habit to identify and prioritize these tasks. By setting aside dedicated time for strategic planning, you can ensure that important tasks do not get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily operations.

4. Networking and Prospecting

Plan your networking and prospecting activities. Schedule time daily for these tasks. Spend an hour in the morning and another hour in the afternoon if possible. This way, it won’t feel overwhelming.

Focus on specific outreach efforts for a month, such as warm outreach and referrals. The following month, you could focus on canvassing. Dedicate specific days to different activities like canvassing and follow-up. Consistency is key in building relationships and generating new business. Ensure that you follow up on leads and maintain a presence at industry events and local networking groups.

5. Avoiding Shiny Penny Syndrome

Once you’ve set your priorities, stay focused. Shiny Penny Syndrome, where you’re constantly distracted by new and exciting ideas, can derail your progress. Stick to your plan and resist the urge to veer off course. This discipline will keep you moving forward steadily and effectively.

It’s easy to get distracted by new opportunities or ideas, especially when they promise quick results. However, constantly changing direction can prevent you from making meaningful progress. Instead, commit to your plan and give it time to work. Evaluate new opportunities carefully and only pursue them if they align with your overall strategy. This focused approach will help you build a stable and sustainable business.

Growing a business is inherently chaotic, but by embracing this chaos and implementing structured plans, you can navigate it successfully. Remember, the ability to manage and thrive in chaos sets successful entrepreneurs apart. Keep pushing, stay focused, and never stop adapting.

6. Building Effective Systems

Another critical element of growing your MSP business is building effective systems. You need to develop processes that can be replicated and scaled as you grow. Start with documenting your current processes. Identify what works and what doesn’t, then refine and standardize them.

Consider using tools that can help streamline your operations, such as a Professional Services Automation (PSA) tool or a Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) tool. These tools can help automate repetitive tasks, track performance, and manage client relationships more efficiently. Automating routine tasks frees up your time to focus on strategic growth initiatives.

7. Investing in Training and Development

Investing in training and development for yourself and your team is essential. As the leader, you need to stay updated with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in the MSP industry. Encourage your team to do the same. Provide opportunities for continuous learning through workshops, webinars, and certifications. A well-trained team can deliver better service and adapt to changes more effectively.

Creating a culture of continuous learning within your organization will not only improve your service delivery but also increase employee satisfaction and retention. Regular training ensures that your team remains proficient in the latest tools and technologies, giving you a competitive edge.

8. Focusing on Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction should always be a top priority. Happy customers are more likely to stay with you and refer your services to others. Implement a customer feedback system to regularly gather insights on their satisfaction levels. Address any issues promptly and use the feedback to improve your services.

Building strong relationships with your customers through excellent service and open communication fosters loyalty and generates word-of-mouth referrals. Regularly checking in with your clients and addressing their needs proactively will reinforce your value as a trusted partner.

9. Leveraging Marketing Strategies

Effective marketing is crucial for growing your MSP business. Develop a comprehensive marketing plan that includes both online and offline strategies. Utilize social media, email marketing, content marketing, and SEO to reach a wider audience. Attend industry events, trade shows, and local networking events to connect with potential clients.

Consistent and targeted marketing efforts will increase your visibility and attract more leads. By leveraging various marketing channels, you can build a robust pipeline of prospects and establish your brand as an authority in the MSP industry.

10. Financial Management

Good financial management is the backbone of any successful business. Keep a close eye on your cash flow, expenses, and profitability. Create a budget and stick to it. Consider working with a financial advisor or accountant to ensure your finances are in order and to plan for future growth.

Regular financial reviews will help you identify areas for cost savings and investment opportunities. Maintaining a healthy cash flow is essential for sustaining operations and funding expansion initiatives.

11. Building a Strong Team

Your team is your greatest asset. Hire individuals who not only have the right skills but also fit well with your company culture. Foster a positive work environment where employees feel valued and motivated. Regularly communicate with your team, provide constructive feedback, and recognize their achievements.

Investing in your team’s development and well-being leads to higher productivity and lower turnover. A cohesive and motivated team will contribute significantly to the growth and success of your business.

12. Staying Adaptable

The business landscape is constantly changing, especially in the tech industry. Stay adaptable and be willing to pivot when necessary. Continuously evaluate your business model, services, and strategies. Stay informed about industry trends and be proactive in making necessary adjustments to stay competitive.

Being adaptable allows you to respond quickly to market changes and customer needs. Embrace innovation and be open to experimenting with new ideas and approaches. Flexibility is key to sustaining long-term success.


By embracing chaos, mastering your emotions, simplifying your services, planning effectively, focusing on networking and prospecting, building effective systems, investing in training, prioritizing customer satisfaction, leveraging marketing strategies, managing your finances well, building a strong team, and staying adaptable, you can successfully grow your MSP business. Remember, the journey is inherently chaotic, but with the right mindset and strategies, you can thrive.

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