Why We Resist Systems
I know, systems aren’t sexy. They don’t call out to you “implement me and I’ll make your life/business like heaven on earth”. See, I know you – you are creative, passionate, innovative – you want to do your business, not spend your time setting up processes and procedures. You are the magic ingredient in your business and you want to be the one to sprinkle your magic dust. After all, there is no one else who can do what you do, like you do it. And of course, who hasn’t heard the saying “if you want something done right, do it yourself”? So when I start talking about systems, your eyes glaze over and your mind wanders on to more exciting things. You have convinced yourself that systems equal limitations – it means you are boxed in and your creativity is stifled. Besides, if you are a one man/woman shop, why do you need systems in place anyway? I hope you will stick with me a minute while I share five reasons you need systems in your business.
Why We Need Systems
There are many reasons, and benefits, to having systems in place for our business, starting with
Consistency: When processes are documented, anyone could handle a task or fill an order, or complete a given action consistent with the required standards. Solopreneurs often fear bringing on additional help because they are afraid the quality of their products or services will suffer. The truth is we can avoid a dip in quality if we have standard operating procedures.