Are you stuck in your business doing all the work and feeling like if you had a <JOB> at least you’d be making money?
Owning a business is hard work and it’s not for the faint of heart.
But, it’s also super fulfilling and a great way to have freedom -- freedom to set your own hours, freedom to spend time with your family, freedom to set your “salary”, freedom to do things your way.
There is a catch! In order to have freedom, you need to have self-discipline AND create leverage.
Most business owners are self-disciplined. They know what needs to be done in their business and they are able to get it done. They create task lists, to-do lists, and personal lists and painstakingly check off each item as they finish it. Business owners are great at getting stuff done.
But growing your business and your freedom also requires LEVERAGE.
Remember high school physics?
Leverage means to gain advantage through the use of a tool. You can more easily lift a heavy object with the use of a lever rather than trying to lift it alone.
In your business, SYSTEMS are the LEVERS that gives you an advantage. SYSTEMS in your business mean you can get more done with less effort.
A system is a process, procedure or course of action designed to achieve a specific, consistent result. Systems and processes are the building blocks for your company. Every part of your business can be managed, improved, and measured through the use of systems.
I started my career in computer systems -- creating leverage through the use of computers to automate repeatable tasks in a fraction of the time. Now I focus on creating efficient ways to streamline my business using automated, repeatable processes.
Do you have systems in place in your business for the things you do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis?
If not, are you wasting time doing things that are URGENT and NOT IMPORTANT?
The time you are wasting on Facebook or taking calls and responding to texts and e-mails is time that could be spent on growing your business -- like lead generation and selling.
Creating “systems” for the things you do repeatedly in your business gives you the leverage to create freedom.
Because all the money in the world doesn’t matter if you're overwhelmed, scattered, and unavailable and don’t have the energy (physical or emotional) to spend quality time with the people you like the most.
Most business owners spend their time working HARD instead of working SMART.
If you don’t have systems in your business right now, figure out which tasks are a priority AND needed in your business. The systems that will create the most LEVERAGE in your business. And if you don’t know what it is, write down everything you do next week from scheduling meetings, tracking financials, paying bills, posting to social media, writing content, sending e-mails…
Once you look at all the tasks you’re doing, you’ll realize 99% of the tasks are things you need to do again -- the things you need to systematize.
I would love to hear what systems do you need to create in your business. Leave a comment below.
P.S. If you're struggling in your business and can't seem to get out of the urgent but not important, you need SYSTEMS. You're not alone, and I can help you create LEVERAGE in a BIG way.