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Can Your Business Run Itself? (Creating Systems That Work)

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 195

Do you want your life to be easier - with less stress, fewer working hours and greater outcomes? Then you may need to change the way your business operates - to systemise the way things are done so that you are not "reinventing the wheel" each time you do something.

You, like other business owners, may at some point recognise that you need to create a system for your business - fantastic news, and a step in the right direction. But then something happens. You suddenly realise that you don't know where to start. After all, what is a "system"? And how do you create a system that works? Does this sound familiar?

Just the thought of creating a system conjures all sorts of images in some people's minds - hard work, lots of analytical, boring and time-consuming work which is daunting, fearful, and perhaps impossible, and the list goes on. Finally, it usually gets put in the too hard basket, when the reality can be quite simple and effective, with minimal time and money, and will certainly help you achieve your goals of feeling better and less stressed.

So what is a system?

The Australian Collins English Dictionary describes a system as being "a group of things or parts working together or connected in some way so as to form a whole". However, in the real world of your own business, a system is:

1) How we do it here.

2) How we recruit, hire and train people to do it here.

3) How we manage it here.

4) How we change it here.

A system sets out procedures for your business so that you and your staff have clarity about who is to do the work, what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why.

However, this is where many people get stuck! Because they suddenly realise that they may have to change the way they work and work according to a new system. Whereas before, they had a choice about how they worked and did it their way. Now they will have to fit in with a system of policies and procedures outlining how the business operates. Often it is this "unwillingness to change" by an individual, that prevents the system from working.

Creating a system that works ensures that activities can be replicated many times over by everyone. This frees up resources and makes operations run more smoothly, which ultimately enhances the professional image of your business and improves the effectiveness of operations.

I work with women entrepreneurs who feel overworked and getting nowhere, so they end up frustrated and unsure of how to move their businesses forward. I help these women build a Higher Purpose Business so that their business works for them, rather than them working for it.

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