Running a business doesn’t need to be difficult. It shouldn’t be a struggle for you, as a business owner, to figure out how to do things over and over again, or take a lot of time and effort to train a new team or staff member.
Don’t reinvent the wheel with each new project. Put systems and procedures in place to make it easy to replicate what you do!
Time after time, I’ve started working with a new client only to find out there were no systems and procedures in place. The staff member(s) our team was replacing had never written anything down, so nobody knew how to do what he/she did on a daily basis. Each time, it took a lot of unnecessary time and effort to backtrack and figure out the whats, whens and hows of tasks and services that were provided on a regular basis. It was a waste of our time and our client’s hard earned money.Don't reinvent the wheel with each new project. Make it easy to replicate what you do!Click To Tweet
The simple act of documenting the processes, your systems and procedures – in writing, and storing them in a central location (like Basecamp, Google Docs, Dropbox) where they can be easily updated, and accessed by the team makes it easy to stop reinventing the wheel each time someone new comes on board or when it comes time to review your processes and evaluate your current business operations. Having systems and procedures in place makes it a simple process of …
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Even if you don’t already have a team and are a solopreneur, it’s still a good idea to document your systems and procedures. Just think how much easier it will be when you are finally ready to partner with a marketing support team or add new team members. Rather than wasting your valuable time and money, it’s a simple matter of directing your new team member to the documents you already have in place, and voila!
If you’ve already figured this out and have it all written down, great! If not, ask your current support team or staff members to take the time to write down what they do, how and when they do it. If it’s just you, I suggest you do the same.
Make the process of doing busy easy. Wash. Rinse. Repeat!
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