Do You Feel Like You Constantly Backtracking? Document it!
Are You Building Your Business As You Go And Can Never Take The Time To Step Back To Build Your Foundation?
Here’s the deal: You don’t have the time to go backward.
I’ve worked with several women entrepreneurs over the years. Most of them run their business the best they can but are not moving forward. Being stuck in a rut can be tough on you and your business. (Trust me, I’ve been there).
“The secret to growing your business is to get your knowledge out of your head and put it onto paper.“ -Terra Bohlmann
Having an Operations Manual (or what I like to call a Business Map) as a central repository for all your knowledge and strategies WILL help your company grow.
Your company is bigger than you. You have team members, vendor partners, and customers, and it’s unnecessary to waste your time explaining how you run your business over and over again.A Business Map also helps you get massive clarity for what you are building and attract like-minded team members, customers, and raving fans.
HERE’S 3 REASONS YOU NEED TO GET YOUR BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE OUT OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL HEAD & ONTO PAPER:
1. IT SAVES YOU TIME
Do you feel like you’re always pressed for time?
Schedulingyour time is important.
Having an Operations Guide (or Business Map) is equally important. Why?
An Operations Manual (or Business Map as I like to call it) knocks off your wasted time answering basic business foundation questions ONE TIME (so you have more time to work on the business things only you can do – like closing new sales and serving your customers!) You don’t have to repeat yourself a million times and answer the same questions over and over. Save that brainpower!
Creating an Ops Manual takes some time in the beginning, but the amount of time you save once it’s written is worth it.
2. MAKES YOUR BUSINESS SCALABLE
I think we’ve all heard the saying “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
That may be true for certain things, but that is not logical for a business. As your business grows, you may decide to set up in different locations where employees will be duplicating your methods.
Giving your employees how-to guides, checklists, policies, and other specific instructions to follow, will create consistency within your business operations.
Your business can’t become scalable if you try to take on everything yourself.
Now your team members don’t have to guess how you want things done, they can refer back to your instructions each time.
Having a Business Map (or Ops Guide) also makes your business sellable someday…I mean, we all have to retire someday, right?
3. YOU CREATE A CLEAR BUSINESS STRATEGY
Think about it…
When was the last time you sat down and mapped out your entire business plan?
Sometimes we get so busy that we forget about the foundation of our business.
A strong foundation is necessary to grow a successful business.
Imagine going to bed at night and being able to let go of the stress of holding every part of your business together with your own willpower.As an entrepreneur, your #1 role is to hold the vision for your company. You must prioritize working on your business to working on your business.
Having a clear business strategy will provide growth, and competitive advantages and give you a unique twist that others do not have.
Customers who have a positive experience are more likely to be repeat customers.