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Systemizing Your Business: Are you a ONE STAR SHOW?

February 27, 2008 | Delegation, Systemizing, Time Management | Sandye

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Thoughts from Sandye Linnetz, Systems Goddess, Process Prodigy

It is YOUR business, isn't it? And you want to be absolutely positive that everything is perfect... done YOUR way, don't you? You want to know every detail because it all matters. Sure, you get a little tired, but, hey, you are in charge... you're the boss.

Drawbacks? You mean besides that you're burning yourself out, spreading yourself too thin and doing a lot of stuff that you could farm out to someone else? Yep, there are even more drawbacks to doing it all yourself. Where do the new ideas come from? Who's checking your work? Those things that you're really good at - the one's the pushed you into your business in the first place - are you giving them the time needed? Are you spending a lot of time on the "business" of your business instead of getting the job done?

So often ego and the need to control take control a harried business owner. One man shows may do well in the theatre, but off stage it can be a disaster! Even in the smallest off Broadway production you seldom find the STAR doing sound and stage crew work... and almost never selling or taking the tickets.

It all starts with your systems. Designing effective and efficient systems for the operation of your business will allow you to do what you need to do and delegate away those tasks that you either don't like or don't do well. You can even hand over big jobs - if your system is clear and easy to follow. And with a great system in place, those employees and associates will know exactly what to do and how to do it... the same way - your way - every time.

That's the beauty of systemizing your business. You design it YOUR way and have the plans in place so that anyone can step in at anytime and, by following your plans, produce the results YOU want. Create your own "paint-by-number" systems. The results will astound you... and you did it!

No employees? No problem. Consider outsourcing some of your chores. There are always independent contractors, part-timer workers, on-line sources and support companies around to pick up the slack. The money you spend, if spent in the right areas, will save you the time you need to bring in the customers and bring in the bucks. If you're not great with numbers, why do the books? Hire someone who can do it right the first time and save you time and money. Give away jobs that allow you more time to do the jobs you choose to do. In the "process" you will reduce your stress and probably even have a life outside of work. What a concept!

It's not your work that makes you tired. You probably love the idea of what you do. It's the way you work that exhausts you. When you work alone... it gets lonely. Share the excitement and the fears. Get insights from others and create it so that paying someone else actually makes more money for you.

Listen, you can't brainstorm with one brain or discuss a problem all by yourself. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto... I like to say that it's easier to edit than it is to write. Well, how about you delegate tasks and then "proofread" the work that's been done. You don't have to be running the whole show every minute to know if you have a hit.

Sure, you want to be the STAR and you can be... but you don't have to sell the popcorn and drinks, too.

© 2008 Beth Schneider, Process Prodigy, Inc. Want to reprint this article? Feel free as long as you include the following: Beth Schneider, President of Process Prodigy Inc., www.processprodigy.com, along with her team of highly sought after operations consultants, reveals the insider secrets billion-dollar corporations pay thousands of dollars for. Specializing in process creation, the Process Prodigy tools and techniques have helped entrepreneurs increase productivity by as much as 600% and revenues by as much as 250%. Visit www.processprodigy.com and sign up to receive the Process Prodigy Ezine, "Your Tips" and the FREE Report "How to Save Yourself Time Energy and Money"


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