Do you have a system? Do you have lots of systems that work as part of a big system?
Does the thought of having a system make you excited or want to cry? I'm a huge fan of systems BUT when it comes to working them all out they make me want to cry too :)
Back in the olden days when I had a 'proper' job everything had a system. Big companies need systems otherwise it's a big mess - you need systems for who works where and when - none of this 'get started when you fancy it' like with us entrepreneurs—midnight blogging in your PJs not so acceptable at the corporate office! When there are lots of moving parts you need a system to keep them all turning in the same direction - makes sense. So why do we sometimes ignore systems when we have a smaller business?
It might just be you doing your Thing, or you might have a team (virtual or real) - you still need systems.
You need email systems, customer systems, marketing systems, sales systems, feedback systems, referral systems, service systems, research systems and business systems—yes, I mean accounts!
Now this doesn't mean you have to work out all the systems yourself (phew) but you need to know what you want them to DO.
You need to know the reason you want your systems and the result you want them to produce. Then you can buy in a system (there is great software that has worked it all out for you in many instances where you need systems), or you can hire someone to sort your systems who LOVES that sort of thing (yes, they are out there!). There's usually very little need to re-invent the wheel—just a little adaptation or tweaks are all that's needed.
Make your systems work for you and you'll be able to do your Thing so much better...
I can't promise it will be fun setting them up—unless that IS your Thing—but you'll have a more spacious business afterwards which means more time to do your Thing—which is always the aim!
Enjoy being systematised (and if you don't enjoy - outsource!).
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