Retiring in Place: Learn How to Retire With an Income From a Contracting or Home Service Business

by Moe Bedard | May 4, 2024 | Retire With an Income

Most contractors and home service business owners who are think of retiring or selling their companies have heard of selling their companies but very few have heard of alterantive method to selling called “retiring in place.”

This strategy is not about selling your company, but setting up your business with the right people and systems to run itself with little oversight so you can retire with an income to go do what want to do.

When you create a business that can run without you, you’re no longer tied to the daily grind, free to pursue your passions, golf, surf, travel, or simply enjoy the fruits of your labor.

You’ll have the freedom to focus on high-level strategy, innovation, and growth, rather than getting bogged down in the day-to-day operations. Your business will become a well-oiled machine, capable of adapting to changes in the market, and continuing to thrive even when you’re not at the helm.

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can turn this vision into a reality. You can create a business that is self-sustaining, scalable, and profitable, giving you the freedom to live the life you’ve always wanted.

I have several clients who I have helped accomplish this and I can help do the same for you with these simple steps.

The truth is, most entrepreneurs who have achieved a level of freedom and success have done so through hard work, sacrifice, and a willingness to put in the time and effort required to build a solid foundation.

They’ve invested in systems, processes, and people, and have worked tirelessly to create a business that can run without them.

It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight. But with dedication, hard work, and a willingness to let go, you can achieve the ultimate goal: living life on your own terms, free from the constraints of your business.

Truly think about and understand your business operations from A-Z

Understanding your business: Where are you now?

Before you can start building a business that runs like a well-oiled machine without you, you need to take a step back and assess where you are right now.

It’s essential to have a clear understanding of your business’s current state, including its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This is often referred to as a SWOT analysis.

By doing so, you’ll be able to identify areas that need improvement, optimize processes, and pinpoint potential roadblocks that could hinder your progress.

Take some time to reflect on your business’s current operations, systems, and procedures.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What are the key functions that drive my business forward?
  • Who are the critical team members, and what roles do they play?
  • What are the most time-consuming tasks, and how can they be automated or delegated?
  • What are the biggest pain points, and how can they be addressed?

By gaining a deep understanding of your business’s current landscape, you’ll be able to create a roadmap for making the necessary changes to achieve your goal of retiring in place.

#1 The Right Employees and Key Leaders

In order to create this plan, you need the right systems and key leaders in place who believe in your vision and can help you implement it.

Building a team is a crucial step in setting up your business to run without you. It’s essential to surround yourself with a talented and dedicated group of individuals who share your vision and are committed to helping your business thrive.

But, it’s not just about hiring warm bodies to fill seats.

You need to hire and train the right people, with the right skills, and the right mindset.

You will also need to pay them very well and even consider giving a key leader part ownership with special conditions for their dedication and talents that will make this win/win for everyone.

If you have a trusted family member like a son or daughter to pass the business to, even better!

Think of your team as an extension of yourself. They should be able to execute on your vision, make decisions, and solve problems without needing your constant input.

To achieve this, you need to invest time and effort into training and developing your team members.

If you are a one man show and you don’t have any employees, then you will have to scale up up your business to 3-10 or more employees depending on the type of business you own for this to work properly.

The reason being that there needs to be enough gross monthly revenue to pay you a salary as a “retiring in place owner.”

For example, if your retirment income needs be $5,000 – $10,000 a month to live comfortably, then your business would pay you a salary monthly like an employee until you die.

To accomplish this, you would have to have the employees in place doing enough jobs to bring in this income.

Simple business math.

#2 Systemizing your business

Once you have the key people, the second step is systemizing your business.

Systemizing your business means creating a well-oiled machine that can run smoothly, efficiently, and effectively, without your constant supervision.

It’s about putting in place people, processes, procedures, and protocols that ensure consistency, quality, and productivity, even when you’re not there.

This means documenting every aspect of your business, from customer service to accounting, and creating a playbook that outlines every step, every decision, and every action.

Think of it like a franchise model.

When you walk into an In-n-out or a Starbucks, you know exactly what to expect, no matter where you are in the US.

That’s because they have systems in place that ensure consistency and quality.

And that’s exactly what you need to create in your business.

By systemizing your operations, you’ll be able to step away from the day-to-day grind, knowing that your business is running like clockwork, and focus on the things that truly matter to you.

#3 Automate your business with the power of technology

By leveraging technology to streamline and automate repetitive tasks, you can break free from the daily grind and focus on high-leverage activities that drive growth and profitability.

With the right tools and systems in place, you can reduce manual labor, minimize errors, and increase efficiency, freeing up more time and energy to focus on the things that truly matter.

From automated email marketing campaigns to scheduling social media posts, and from payment processing to inventory management, there are countless ways to harness the power of technology to simplify and optimize your business operations.

Imagine being able to wake up in the morning, check your phone, and see that your business has been running smoothly overnight, with orders fulfilled, customer inquiries responded to, and financial reports generated – all without your direct involvement.

This is the reality that automation can bring, and it’s a key component of building a business that can truly run without you.

By embracing the power of technology, you can create a scalable, sustainable, and highly profitable enterprise that generates wealth and freedom, rather than just consuming your time and energy.

#4 Elevate and Delegate: Delegating tasks and letting go of control

The art of delegation – a crucial step in retiring in place, yet often the most daunting for entrepreneurs who have built their business from the ground up.

Learning to let go of control and delegate tasks effectively is a skill that requires trust, patience, and a willingness to empower others.

Delegation is not about relinquishing responsibility, but rather about distributing it among capable team members who can handle specific tasks with precision and efficiency. By doing so, you’ll not only free up your time but also tap into the unique skills and strengths of your team, allowing them to grow and develop in their roles.

It’s a win-win situation that can lead to increased productivity, improved morale, and a more sustainable business model.

The key to successful delegation lies in identifying the right tasks to hand over, communicating clearly with your team, and providing the necessary support and resources to ensure their success.

A big hurdle you may encounter is the temptation to micromanage, even when you’ve delegated tasks to others.

This can be especially difficult if you’re used to being heavily involved in every aspect of your business. However, it’s crucial to resist this urge and trust your team to handle their responsibilities.

It may take some time to adjust to this new dynamic, but the payoff is well worth it – a business that can thrive without your constant involvement, and a life that’s rich in freedom, flexibility, and fulfillment.

#5 Managing from a distance: The art of remote leadership

The ultimate dream of every entrepreneur: to be able to sit on a beach, sipping a piña colada, while their business hums along seamlessly in the background, generating profits without their constant presence.

But, in order to make this dream a reality, it’s essential to master the art of remote leadership.

Managing from a distance requires a unique set of skills, trust, and systems that allow you to stay connected with your team, monitor progress, and make informed decisions without being physically present.

It’s about creating an environment where your team feels empowered to take ownership, make decisions, and solve problems independently.

This means setting clear goals, establishing open communication channels, and implementing robust processes that ensure everyone is on the same page.

With the right tools and technology, you can stay connected with your team, track progress, and provide guidance from anywhere in the world.

By mastering remote leadership, you’ll be able to break free from the daily grind, enjoy the freedom and flexibility you’ve always desired, and truly live the life you want.

#6 Reoccuring Income: Creating a self-sustaining cash flow

Creating a self-sustaining cash flow is the holy grail of business ownership. It’s the key to achieving true financial freedom, where your business generates consistent, predictable income without your constant involvement.

Imagine having the ability to take a spontaneous vacation, pursue a new hobby, or simply enjoy a stress-free morning without worrying about the financial implications of taking time off.

A self-sustaining cash flow is built on a foundation of recurring revenue streams, efficient systems, and a team that can manage the day-to-day operations without your direct supervision.

This means that your business is generating revenue through subscription-based models, automated sales funnels, and strategic partnerships that continue to produce income even when you’re not actively working.

To achieve this, you’ll need to focus on building a robust financial infrastructure that can support your business’s growth and sustainability.

This may involve diversifying your revenue streams, implementing cost-saving measures, and investing in technology that can automate repetitive tasks and free up your time.


The ultimate goal of building a business that can run without you is to achieve a lifestyle of freedom and choice. After all, that is why many of became business owners in the first place.

Imagine waking up every morning, not to the sound of an alarm clock, but to the sound of your own drumbeat. Now having the ability to pursue your passions, without the weight of the grind of your business holding you back.

Picture yourself being able to travel, spend time with loved ones, or simply enjoy a hobby, without the constant stress of “what’s going on back at the office”.

By setting up your business to run without you, you’re not only creating a more sustainable and profitable business, but you’re also creating a life of freedom, flexibility, and autonomy.

You’re giving yourself the gift of time, the luxury of choice, and the freedom to live life to the fullest.

When is the last time you did that for yourself or family? Maybe now it is time…

So, let’s take the first step today, and start building a business that can run without you, so you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

Please contact me if your a contractor or home service business owner who would like a free strategy call on how we can help you get there with the right systems and people who can get you there much quicker.

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