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When you search the Internet to find an answer to this important question, you’ll generally come up with two schools of thought – those who say you should start right now, and those who say you should wait until your business has reached a particular stage of development.
As a general rule, both approaches are correct. It’s just the wrong question. So, if it’s not a question of timing, what is it?
No one is ever going to go into business without having a reasonably clear idea of what they will do to deliver value to their clients. Effectively this means that they have “a system” in their mind when they start, even though they don’t have an actual business at that stage. At this pre-launch stage, the ‘systems’ for their business concept is likely to be nothing more than a broad sketch of the actual process they intend to follow. It’s enough for them to test the concept and assess the validity of their business idea. A bit of tweaking here, a few changes there, and at some stage the new business owner will have a concept ready to take to market.
At this start-up stage, the systems will be high level and will lack the detail required to run the business without relying on the expertise of the business owner operator
(a.k.a. systems designer) to guide implementation. Every start-up business begins here, at the proof of concept stage.
Assuming this business concept proves successful, the systems that define it will gradually take shape. They are likely to be informal, relying heavily on individual expertise and memory. Some parts of the system may be recorded but it is most likely that the key steps in these systems will be in people’s heads rather than on paper or online. Again, most start-ups have been here.
Sadly, too many businesses stop their systems development at this stage. They adopt the attitude that so long as nothing actually falls apart, it’ll do. So if you ask these business owners, “When is the best time to systemise your business?” they’ll proudly declare “we don’t need systems – we get along just fine without them.” And, for many of the business owners who utter these words, it is their truth. Their businesses will roll along without failing and without any formal systems.
They may never achieve their full potential or grow beyond what they started with, but for them it is enough.
However, for the business owner who is determined to grow their business to reach its full potential, the proof of concept stage is very definitely just the beginning. They’ll be guided by the question, “How do I know if my business is ready for systemisation?”
There are a number of indicators that systemisation will help your business achieve the results you are after. These include:
These six indicators will certainly help you determine whether now is the best time to systemise your business. Effective systems will certainly help your business operate more efficiently, but they will also help you to identify and implement KPIs for each key process, providing real data to help you assess your business performance. Worth thinking about?
If you think that now might be the perfect time to systemise your business, get in contact right now. We have helped hundreds of companies to create effective working systems and we would be delighted to help your company do the same. Our team is highly experienced, highly skilled and highly motivated, making us the perfect business systems partner.