When you see a business in trouble, do you see a mess you want to run away from or do you see endless possibilities? When I go to a business (fast food place, auto body shop, spa) I see all sorts of ways to improve their bottom line.
It can be anything, for example office-like formalities such as getting a signature here and authorization there and proper stamps on forms. I’m sure getting rid of office politics and ancient methods could improve the efficiency of the business.
I notice so many fast food joints who waste money needlessly. They let you get as many ketchup packets as you want, as many napkins as you want and unlimited refills. There’s plenty of abuse at these places. It’s best to keep those things behind the counter and give paying customers exactly what they want – but they have to ask for it first.
I see businesses all the time where the owner is slaving himself doing work that employees can do. If only he would devise a system/method, hire & train somebody, he could concentrate on another aspect of the business that’s being neglected.