The light bulb went on and you had your great idea. You started your own business and got really busy with selling your services or products. Then, you started hiring your team, teaching them what to do, how to do it, and pretty soon, your business was expanding. Your team constantly came to you with questions because you kept all of the important information about how to run your business in your head. You were too busy to document any of it and systemize your business. You worked long hours to keep up with it all to come to realize that when your team couldnt reach you, they made their own process to get the job done. That amazing service you once provided has now shifted and it is no longer the service you based your business upon. Now, the passion you once had about your business has become the chore you dread.
Ring a bell?
This is the exact reason why you need to systemize your business.
A business, YOUR business, isnt a business without systems. It’s just a job. Let me reiterate…your business cannot go one more day without systems. Not one you can scale anyway. The key to managing and scaling your business is to first document why you started your business in the first place. Michael E. Gerber, Author of E-Myth, does an amazing job teaching how to get in the mindset of creating business systems. Two points for you to think about are:
What is your Primary Aim?
To put it in simplistic terms, your primary aim is what you value most. This has nothing to do with your business. This has to do with the kind of life you desire and who you wish to be. If you could paint a picture of your life, what would it look like? What would it feel like?
What is your Strategic Objective?
This goes hand in hand with your core values. This is what your business has to ultimately do for you to achieve your Primary Aim. The vision of the finished product that is and will be your business. Your life plan documented for you to get a visual of the outcome.
Look within and remind yourself where it all stemmed from and why you are providing these services and products. Share these thoughts with your team so they can, in turn, see and follow your vision and systemize your business. By documenting, automating, delegating, and systemizing, you will be able to allow your company to run seamlessly without you. I know that it’s not easy to pull this information out of your head and begin documenting but I can reassure you that it will help you and your business.