Just start, one thing, this week
The biggest hurdle I see holding business owners back from creating operational efficiency through automation in their businesses, is inertia.
As business owners, we are control freaks by nature.
When you started your business, you had to do everything, and this is a hard habit to break. The reality is though, that as your business grows, you have to let go.
You have to trust people to get things done.
Sometimes they do it better than you, sometimes just different, but you have to get used to the idea that other people are doing things in your business and for your customers.
It is no different when you create processes and automation. You’ll have to trust the process, and you’ll have to hand control over to the automation.
You don’t worry about it in your everyday
In truth, you already use automation every day, and you are not worried about it.
Ever driven an automatic car? Did you find yourself worrying that it might not choose the right gear for the road / speed you are driving on? I suspect you didn’t.
Your alarm clock, if you use one, wakes you up in the morning, because you set a schedule and automated it. When you go to bed, do you worry about the alarm forgetting to wake you up? Doubt it.
That is automation. Define an action or actions, set some rules and a schedule, then move onto the next task.
You wouldn’t have a business, if you didn’t…
Once the worry is out of the way, and you’ve identified one or two small processes or actions in your business to automate, what is the most important thing to do next?
- Choose the correct tools?
- Map out the 20 other tasks and processes surrounding the one or two selected so far?
- Spend the next week thinking about it all?
No, none of those.
After all, the only reason you have a business today is because you just got started. You didn’t know everything about it, even if you created a very detailed business plan and mapped out the next 3 to 5 years.
How much of the business you have today was in sight when you first started?
If your business is anything like the 100s of business I’ve worked with, then the answer is very little. That did not stop you though, you just started.
And it is the same with your processes and automation.
You can spend a 100 hours thinking about it and planning it, but you’ll make little real-world progress, because you’ll miss details and opportunities. You’ll miss those, no matter how much time you spend thinking about it.
It is only once you take action and start seeing these things working in your business, that you’ll be able to move forward and improve.
When you have a system, you can improve it. When you start using automation in your business, you’ll see its power, and enjoy the benefits.
Take Action Now!
Just identify a single repetitive task or process in your business. It almost doesn’t matter what it is. Just start, and automate a single process. Once you see the power of it, you’ll start seeing opportunities everywhere in your business.
Share it with me. Let me know what process you are automating and how. If you have any questions or get stuck. Let me know and I’ll help out where I can.
Author: Pieter De Villiers
Pieter K de Villiers is slightly obsessed with systems. The systems and process automation he builds for small businesses are transformative, to say the least. Pieter is a Co-Founder of Blue Peg Group and the Amazon best-selling author of “Barefoot Business: 3 key systems to attract more leads, win more sales and delight more customers without your business killing you”.