You might think your business isn’t growing because you’re not attracting the right audience. Or, you might think it’s because you haven’t found the right collaborations.
But, have you ever thought that it could be your systems?
Many people overlook systems in their business because it is the backend work or it is perceived as not an urgent task.
When you don’t have systems, you ARE your business. This happens a lot in the online world.
What is a system?
A system is a set of processes, tasks, or actions that can run without you. It is a documented procedure which oftentimes is like an operations manual.
It is doing the same tasks over and over again the same way each time to get the desired result.
I am sure you’ve thought before, “If only I could clone myself!”
This is where a system comes into place.
Systems allow you to automate a specific part of your business, or even outsource it.
If you left for a month what would your business look like?
Would it survive?
Would it keep running?
Your business is built upon subsystems that you do every day that you may not even realize you are doing.
For example, writing content, replying to emails, taking on a new client. Even though each of these tasks is a small part of your business they all play a major role.
Struggling to get thru your to-do list every day? Its because you need to put systems in place in your business.
Systems play a key role in your business and are necessary to have no matter what stage you are in.
Here are some of the benefits of having systems in your business:
#1 Scalability – Systems give you the freedom to scale your business without having to trade more hours for dollars. You can scale your business without having to put in more work.
#2 Consistency – Having systems allows you to create consistency when it comes to tasks you complete every single day. This could be your onboarding process or even how you write your content.
#3 Save Time & Effort – When you create systems in your business you are ultimately saving time. You won’t have to figure out how to do a particular task because you have created a system that you can follow each time.
#4 Automate – It is crazy a number of tasks we can automate in our business, but hold back doing it. Trust me, I waited a long time because I always thought that I couldn’t automate anything. I can almost bet that right now there are things that you are manually doing that could be automated. For example, scheduling your social media content, or even your email marketing. Not only does automation help you save time, but it allows you to improve your business.
#5 Outsource – This is when you hire someone to do a task for you. It sounds simple, but it can be difficult to hand over work that you are used to doing in your business. The key is figuring out where you are wasting time on lower-end tasks and find a way to either outsource or stop doing it. Even outsourcing 1 task will free up your time so that you can focus on higher-end tasks in your business.
When you have systems in place you can save yourself the time of doing certain tasks that are now automated. Systems let you operate with more time and mental freedom.
You can use your time more effectively and productively.
What are some systems you can put in place in your business?
Content Creation – Writing new content is a lot of work but it is an essential part of your business. I can almost guarantee that you do the same tasks every single time you write new content. For example you:
- Research & brainstorm
- Outline the post
- Write the post
- Edit the post
- Create graphics
- Schedule it to go live
- Share on social media
You get the point, right?
This is a repeatable process that you do over and over again. This is where a system would come into place. Or, you could look at this list and begin to outsource some of the tasks to save yourself hours every single week.
Here are a couple more examples of where you could implement a system in your business:
- Lead generation
- Customer service
- Writing content
- Scheduling social media
- Gaining new clients
- New projects
If you want your blog or business to succeed then you need to build a solid foundation with systems.
It’s time to stop working in your business and start working on your business. Having systems will allow you the freedom to grow and achieve your goals.