Work In or On your business - you decide
One of the biggest reasons bringing systems to your business is so incredibly important, is that it allows you to step out of your business for a while and to focus on ways to make it better. Often we are too concerned with working in our businesses to the extent that we stop working on them – and when we allow this to happen it can often represent the start of a vicious circle and a road to nowhere. What's the difference you might ask? Or how do business systems help? Read on and find out!
What's the difference?
If you're someone who is only working in your business, then you'll likely be arriving at work with a long to-do list, working through that and then leaving the office once it's completed. Get to work tomorrow and you'll have a new huge list of things you need to be doing. It's relentless and it feels like you are always only just managing with your workload rather than having time to move around more freely and to come up with new directions and new ideas.
If you are working on your business though, then that means you'll be spending time in Research & Development, it means you'll be looking at potential future markets to move into and you'll be forecasting your profits over the coming months and years. In other words, working on your business means that you'll be finding ways to expand, grow and develop – rather than just looking at ways to continue with the status quo.
How to Get to That Point
As you might have imagined, the general idea is to reach the point where you work more on your business than in it. In other words, you should be working to either increase the profit you're bringing in or to decrease the amount of time you're spending working. Either way, you'll be improving your position and that's ultimately the point of a business.
Bringing in Business systems will help you to get to that point by automating parts of your business and handing it over to your staff or delegating to your outsourced support team so that you can concentrate on other things.
This way, you'll have the systems in place to do those tasks for you, tasks you need done (but don't need to be done by you personally), and you won't be constantly putting out fires because you'll have systems in place to do that for you, allowing them to handle almost every challenge for you. Systemizing your business will make your business more efficient and that means your business can grow or you can step back. Either way, it's the first step in a more fulfilling business and to getting a little life balance.