Whenever someone talks about systemizing their core operations in their business, there’s often a sudden hush or gasp in the air as Linkedin profiles and quiver with fear at the mention of the word “systemization.” Modern business experts often extol the value of “taking the bull by the horns,” as though the only successful way to manage a business was by sheer force of personality.
Sure, plenty of businesses out there survive and even thrive through a liberal application of an entrepreneur’s charisma. Still, for most folks, success is intimately linked with their ability to stay on top of what’s at stake – their business.
In today’s blog, I’ll be diving into the benefits of systemization and why starting early can give you a greater chance of succeeding as a business owner.
Mapping Out Success
Starting your own business is a tightrope act of epic proportions. You have a vast range of problems to solve long before your business takes shape, making it challenging to keep an eye on the business goal from the very beginning.
Successful businesses survive when they have clear goals and know the processes that make them possible. The ones that go on to thrive are usually the best at identifying how to streamline their operations as much as possible.
When starting a business, you must figure out early what makes your business profitable and sustainable and the steps required for that to happen. Creating a system for this process can be as simple as creating a “top-down” view of how it looks, taking notes of observed redundancies and inefficiencies, and then streamlining the process.
In other words, draw out a mind-map of what your business “is” whenever possible; you’ll be shocked at what you can discover.
Systems for You
A vital benefit of a well-systemized business model is the ability to let you run your venture without getting lost in the mess of the day-to-day operations.
Often, business owners start out promising before inevitably burning out when they realize they can’t juggle everything at once—having systems in place that run without direct oversight free up mental energy and allow you to work “on” your business and not “for” your business.
Weekly team meetings, strategy sessions, and everything in between can be tiring to consciously organize each time, leading to a lack of consistency and accountability. Taking steps to create something as simple as a weekly schedule for your business operations can differentiate between failure and success.
Predict the Future
At its core, systemizing the functions of a business is about making day-to-day more predictable and reliable. The more predictable elements like lead generation become, the easier it is to avoid mistakes while building a sense of accountability in yourself and your team.
Furthermore, when your business operations become easier to predict, the more clarity you’ll have to see the future of your business. With more clarity comes control, letting you make smarter and more sustainable decisions over time.
Systemization isn’t just about stripping and scaling your business for better profits, but about achieving greater peace of mind for you and your employees.
That’s it for today’s entry! Check out my other blogs for more thoughts on the latest development in the digital industry and the challenges of entrepreneurship in the online world.
Until then, see ya later!