What Built Your Start-up Will Not Build Your Scale-up (Part 2)

So, are you ready to scale up?


My dear Schumpeter had a very suitable quote to ponder in this case:

BASE quote on planning


Before you jump into planning your scale up, spend some time thinking about it. Here I give you some prompts for your consideration before you take action or even a plan.


When you scale up your business, your business stops being you. In fact your job is to make yourself redundant. The processes, the technology and the team should be able to run on autopilot. The objective is that the business should be able to thrive without you being there. It should make money while you sleep, go on holiday or start building a brand new business.

Even more, the center of your business will become other stakeholders. Your investors and your customers will be at the center of the new venture.

The questions to explore:

Could you be humble enough to set as an objective not being indispensable?

Can you get your ego aside?

Can you let go of control?

Can you delegate?



Scalability is a mindset. Indeed, you need brilliant processes, people and plans. They are not enough. They will not ensure you success.
Your psychology will be the only limit to how big can you become. You need to think big to become big. Having a scalable business means unleashing your dreams, touch many lives, make a lot of money and have a ton of fun.

The questions to explore:

How big do you think?

Can you expand your definition of what’s possible? A bit more? A bit more? A lot more?



The larger a company becomes, the greater its aversion to risk. When you are a startup you have little to lose. You got a small customer base, an unproven product and zero traction. Nothing stops you from perusing unusual ideas. At this early stage agility is key to its survival.

However, when you are a scale up you have the eyes of your investors on your growth. They expect you to be careful with their money. You must show consistent results and processes. Risk avoidance is the name of the new game.

The questions to explore:

Are you ready to embrace the critical eye of others into your creation?

Are you ready to report to 3rd parties?



Startups processes are fluid by nature. Team members have the freedom to experiment with their processes (marketing campaign, software update or customer emails) to find the ones that work the best.

However, this is not the case for a scale up. More rigid systems are needed to be able to measure and achieve quality control. Certainty and consistency are the new rule.

The questions to explore:

Are you ready to systematize your processes?

Are you ready to let go of your entrepreneurial flexibility and embrace a systematic approach?



During the early stages you need a challenging team, a hunters team. Their personality should be low in agreeableness and high in creativity. That will allow them to see the invisible and to challenge your vision when needed.

Conversely the scale up team has very different profile. A farmers/maintenance team will perform better at this stage. They should be high in  conscientiousness, orderliness and industriousness. This will allow them to keep consistency in the processes. They should also be high in agreeableness. This will allow them to build a harmonious business culture, where more people want to work.

This is particularly painful, because it might imply a dramatic change in the company. You might need to change the management team. You might even need to go.

The questions to explore:

Who needs to go?

Who needs to join?

Is it possible that you need to go?


Why do you do business? What’s the reason you’ve gone into business? Because it’s fashionable? Because you dislike corporations? Because you want freedom? Because you want to generate a specific transformation in humanity?
Will your purpose be honored by scaling up? Would you rather chose to be great instead of big?  Would you rather help a focused group of people in a deep way?


How did these articles resonate with you? What point was more powerful for you?
Please share in the comments below which action do you commit to take after reading this.

Are you going to start to document all your processes?

Are you going to talk to your fellow founders about the pearls and perils of scaling up?

Remember that writing your comments in black and white has two benefits
– You’ll tell the universe that you mean it
– You’ll be the inspiration that others need to take their next courageous step.

AND please if you’ve like this article, share it. Share it other business owners who are considering scaling up. Thank you very much for reading, commenting and sharing,

To your brilliance,

About Blanca

Blanca Vergara is an internationally recognized life skills strategist for intelligent women. For more than a decade she empowers superheroines in the making, by finding, activating and amplifying their superpowers.

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