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I’m Your Hands-Off Growth Gal…


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Do you have a successful business or two, but don’t have the time to spend with your family AND grow your business?

I help people like you recover 10+ extra hours per week to spend on what matters. Then reinvest that time to grow your company without working more hours. I do this by finding hidden opportunities to lower stress and increase profits.

For example, I helped a technology company standardize their client onboarding process. We increased quality, and also cut 8 weeks of development time. Not only did profits increase, but the changes allowed them to take on new clients and double fees. Brandon the owner, went from working until 2am every day, to ending at 4pm. They are expanding their product lines, as the company runs with more ease, and without him.

As a busy owner of an agency, professional service or technology company, you have way more to do than there are hours in the day. And if you haven’t maxed out yet, you know you’re close. Maybe you’ve also held back on marketing so that quality doesn’t keep slipping.

If this is you, I can help!

Hi, I’m Mandi Ellefson, founder of The Hands-Off CEO. I am a Scalable Freedom Strategist. I work with owner managed 7 and 8 figure consultancies, agencies, tech businesses, and B2B service business owners to first recover 20-40 extra hours per month. Then use that time to scale up without working more hours. When you’re removed as the bottleneck, you can sustain dramatic growth in a way where quality increases. I also offer a program for fast growing 6 figure businesses called Scale to Freedom.

Despite what many say, I want you to know that…

You CAN grow without quality suffering!

This sounds far fetched, but the hardest work is behind you. You built a company with a valuable service that there is plenty of demand for. You have a lot of opportunity, but your growth is limited unless you want to work around the clock. If this is you, know that you might be just a few pieces away from doubling or tripling your business in as little as a year.

There is a better way…. You DON’T have to pull 60-80+ hour weeks,
or be a slave to your business.

You CAN have both rapid and sustainable growth.


“Last year I had gross revenue around $600,000. Working with Mandi this year we reached $2.1 million for the year. So, pretty happy with 3 1/2 times growth. Thank you Mandi.”

Philip Nickerson

You want to grow your business, without losing the lifestyle part. And have time left over to enjoy the things in life worth living for. I am on a mission to help you + thousands of other service business owners create that life and business. 


Last year was the highest revenue we have ever made. And it’s allowing me the opportunity to start to scale up and out of 1 business and start to leverage that time and get multiple streams of revenue going with other portfolio businesses.

Wally Waldron, Wally the Web Guy

Want my help to get you there too?

I am selective about who I accept as clients. I screen for committed owners with focus, at the right place in their business to be successful with my Scale to Freedom Formula.™  

I joyfully offer a very competitive guarantee.

My clients are thrilled. Or… They pay NOTHING.

I even pay them $500 if I’ve wasted their time.

Yes, you read that right. I am the only person in my industry who pays their clients if they can’t deliver results for them. I can do that because I am choosy about who I work with and have killer processes for getting results. You can expect our work together will be just as great an experience as your own clients will soon have after I’ve gotten my hands into your business.

“In just one session I feel like I have made a
quantum leap forward in my business.”
–Douglas Yuen, Efficient WP


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My Background

I got into my line of work to solve a problem I had. I was a manager at the time, but with an entrepreneurial spirit. I wanted freedom to play and travel, but I also wanted to make a big impact. I wanted to make my salary, but to also work a whole lot less.

So I found another way. And I simplified and systematized their business for them. In the process I worked a quarter of the time, and got to travel around the world when it suited me. I made them a bucket-load of money. And they just let me go do my thing because my systems streamlined and made the business much easier to run.

I went to Mexico, London, Hawaii, and skied in the Canadian rockies. I had a great time cutting out to go rock climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking whenever I felt like it. The freedom was great!

And their business kept on running with little input from me when I was away because of the systems I’d put in place.

And NOW what I do is I work with successful business owners to help them recover 10 extra hours per week so they can grow without working more hours. Then remove the owner as the growth bottleneck to build a foundation for more profits and freedom.


“Mandi helped push me where I needed to be pushed and held me accountable to reach my own goals. She helped by providing the framework and the resources to develop a better system and to hire people. I’m on target to triple my business next year and I’d be no where near that without Mandi’s assistance.”

Paul Kortman

About Me

I love traveling, though I haven’t yet been to enough countries to brag. I can boast to have visited all US states except Alaska, and have lived in 9 US states, and 1 Canadian province. My current local is Southern California where you’ll find me splashing around in the gorgeous Kern River with my husband and 3 girls.

My love of the outdoors lead to my earlier study of earth science and Geology. I am a huge rock nerd and I live for mountain biking around interesting rock formations. I am also an artist, ceramics is my main focus. My artistic training helps me see innovative opportunities that others miss.

As a learning addict, I’m constantly looking for smarter ways to do things. I’ve found that the fastest and easiest way to succeed in anything is to build on proven systems.

Download my free template that shows you a smarter way to scale your service business.