Solopreneurs need systems and processes

by Michele on February 9, 2014

Solopreneur can create a process for repeating tasks.  As a solopreneur, there is no shortage of things competing for your time.  On top of the activities that make money, there’s a lot of back-of-house things to take care of.  Hiring help is one way to help get things off your plate, but if you aren’t ready to do that you can start by creating systems and processes for the common, repeated activities in your business.



A system or process doesn’t have to be complex or formal to be useful.  A system can be just a way you get the parts of your business to work together.  For example, you may have a system for tracking your social media reach.  A process can be as simple as a set of steps written on a piece of paper or in a document.

Systems and processes are valuable because they save you time and effort.  Instead of creating a process from scratch each time you do it, having something documented gives you a place to start at a minimum.  Once you’ve done something a few times, your process will be much more polished and precise.

Having a set way to perform repeated tasks frees up valuable brain space for more creative pursuits.  Instead of trying to figure out all the things you can do with your blog post once it’s posted, you can focus on writing a good post and then just run it through your process.

I encourage all solopreneurs to begin creating systems and processes as soon as they start their business.  Start creating your process the first time you do something, and by the second time you do you’ll have a process.

Your time and brainpower are too valuable to waste on reinventing the wheel for processes that can be done the same way each time.  Your creativity can serve a higher purpose than re-figuring things out.

Starting right now, observe what you do in your business and see what you can create a process or system for.  What is the first area you can improve?

Creating systems is on of the things I discuss for the very early stated of your business in my system “The ABC’s of a Successful Solopreneur Business.”  If you are just getting started or have never gotten your business fully set up, click here and check the system out.  

 

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  2. Mozette says:

    I’ve been talking to my Mum about how Crafty Pegs has been going – I really need somebody to chat to about it, and Dad isn’t great to talk to as he doesn’t believe in me. But Mum loves the idea of my hand-painted little pegs, pencils and magnets at a craft market each month.

    So, over the last month, I’ve been working on getting a better table, looking at a new tablecloth, using fabrics I’ve had for yonks and ideas to improve it so people notice it this time around. And just this weekend gone, I talked to Mum about getting a rubber stamp so I can stamp paper lunch bags with my logo… good, plain and basic. People know where to find me on Facebook, my postal address and my business name if they need to find me. It’ll also save me on giving out too many business cards.

    And while my little business was in the preparation stages, I started writing down the step-by-step of how each design was done of my pegs into a notebook. Even though I don’t look at the book very much anymore, I still have it there just for ideas in case I want to add another idea to it, in case I want to do something different to a current design.

    Instead of going backwards – and reinventing something that doesn’t need it – I’m going forwards. As scary and weird as it feels and seems, I love the idea of this… it’s something different and strange and new.

    And I love it. 😀

    1. Michele says:

      Nice! Sounds like things are going great, and I think it’s a great idea to write things down in your book. As you said, even if you don’t need to look at it anymore it’s a great source for inspiration!.

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