By Gail Doby, ASID
CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University
Establishing systems is one of the most important things you can do to make your business more efficient and profitable. Hereâ€™s why:
- When you develop systems, it is easier to delegate to others. You don’t have to recreate the wheel over and over.
- You have more consistency in your business. Everyone in your firm knows what to do and how it is to be done.
- You spend less time answering questions and cleaning up mistakes.
- It frees you up to be more creative. You have a routine to deal with the routine.
- It gives you a competitive edge. Your clients will be more likely to pay you more money if you are thorough and systematic in your processes. They appreciate and pay for professionalism, not a sloppily run businesses.
- You can hire personnel or outsource tasks for less money than what it is costing you to do them yourself.
- You have more control over your business. When everything is in its place, it is easier to see the big picture.
- It is easier to plan because more parts of your business are stable, and when you plan effectively you can make more money.
If your firm is not automated with software such as Studio Webware or Quickbooks, you need to do this sooner than later. Doing books the old way is inefficient and inaccurate.
You can actually handle a larger volume of business (make more money) if you have one of these products to run your internal operations.Â In addition, you should have manuals or use a collaborative work site to provide every employee with information about basic processes and procedures for every aspect of your business.
Yes, I know that requires a big upfront time commitment. But believe, itâ€™s worth it. Once you get past the initial development and implementation phase, your life will be easier and your firm more productive and profitable.
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