The connection between messy systems and business growth

The connection between messy systems and business growth

Everyone wants their business to grow. They want to see progress in revenue, reach, impact, and more. To an extent, that’s the whole point of business! That makes it both frustrating and discouraging when—no matter the amount of hard work and effort you pour in your business refuses to scale. In the case of lackluster business growth, you might begin to doubt your product, services, or work ethic when you really might just need to tidy up your systems!

​Have you ever heard the term “messy systems don’t scale”? If you find yourself and your business in a place of constant work, dedication, and planning, but no forward progress, then it could be time to look into your business’s operation for solutions. A solid foundation is critical to business growth. It’s important you check your systems to be sure things are in proper order before you, A) allow the discouragement to swallow you, or B) quit on all y†our hard work.

Here are 3 foundational aspects of business you should check on to be sure they’re set up well and operating properly for your business to succeed. If you find they’re not well organized or running smoothly, then you might have a messy system and that could be what’s holding you back from reaching your fullest potential.

3 Things That Could Be Keeping Your Business From Scaling

1. Accounting

This might be one of the most complicated (and also boring) aspects of business, unless you’re an experienced accountant who enjoys paperwork and comparing numbers.That being said, making sure that all of your accounting is in order is key to a successful business. Without keeping track of the money coming in and and the money going out, you have no way to determine what’s successful, what needs tweaking, and what’s simply not working. You don’t know where to invest or where to stop investing. You don’t know what you can afford and what’s losing you money.

If you have little to no idea what’s up in the accounting department, then it’s best to get some systems in place as soon as possible. That could mean hiring an accountant or getting better at balancing your own checkbook. Be sure you know all of your expenses as well as all of your revenue!

2. Targeted Marketing

It’s important that you truly know who your business is, what your business is offering, and who your business is offering things to. Without these things, it’s harder for you to sell products and services, but it’s also harder for your desired audience to find (and therefore buy from) you! While you most likely know what you do, you might find that you don’t know what problem you solve for your customers or clients. While you most likely know some people who purchase from you, you might not know who your target market is. Take some time to truly get to know your business and your client base in order to develop a better plan for moving forward.

3. Other Systems and Procedures

Every business has its own unique way of operation. While it’s great to be able to find procedures that work for you and your business best, it’s important that these procedures actually do work for you and don’t create work for you. Look into the way your business operates as a whole and also all the nitty gritty pipelines and flows. Keep an eye out for outdated systems, procedures that take longer than necessary, or any way you can save time and money without compromising your business success or value. Do you need to hire someone to help projects not fall through the cracks? Do you need to get rid of standard steps just clogging up business flow? Do you need to update your programs or technology? Efficiency is critical.

If you need help identifying aspects of your business that are operating improperly and holding back your business growth, then schedule a call with me and get a clear perspective of your business and operations.

Have a great week!

Robyn

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Failed Your Quarterly Goals? What To Do Now.

Failed Your Quarterly Goals? What To Do Now.

 

The end of the first quarter is nearing and maybe you failed to meet your goals. You’re feeling disappointed, and a little overwhelmed, but it’s important to remember that just because you failed at a goal in no way means you’re a failure.

It means something went wrong.

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You might need to change your strategies.

It’s possible you need a new approach.

A failed goal doesn’t mean your business is failing or you’re incapable, but it does mean you need to change the way you do things and try again. Believe it or not, failure is often what catapults people into success!

Think about it. If Walt Disney had never been fired from his job as a newspaper editor (due to his lack of imagination), then Mickey Mouse and Disney would never have become what we know it to be today. If Steve Jobs had never been fired, he would never have purchased Pixar and revolutionized Apple after returning to the company. If Colonel Sanders’ restaurant had never failed, then there would never have been KFC. Failure opens the door to new opportunities.

Rather than fearing failure or allowing it to crush you, welcome it and then learn from it. Understand that it’s part of the journey, a necessary experience before you’ll be able to achieve your greatest success.

So here are 4 things to do now to kick the failure-blues:

1. Complete a post-mortem so you can properly learn from your experiences

A post-mortem is simply an analysis or discussion of an event soon after that event has occurred, mainly to determine why that event was a failure. If you’ve failed to achieve what you set out to do, it’s a sign that something went wrong! Similar to how a doctor will examine a patient who is seriously ill, examine your failed goal to figure out what exactly went wrong.

2. Take some time away

Failure often causes a lot of emotions, many of which make it harder to continue to do things. More importantly, they often block the ability to do things well. If you’re only able to think about your failure, then you won’t be able to make forward progress and will likely end up making the situation worse. So, take some time away! Do something different. Clear your mind. Start thinking about the big picture and don’t let yourself be stuck in the rotation of failed thoughts.

3. Pose honest questions, learn from other experts, and reignite your desire

Is what I’m doing enough to generate the results I want? How are other experts in my field doing it? Why do I want to do what I’m doing? Sometimes when we fail, we just need to take a step back, get our head out of the sand, and look around. Don’t be afraid to question your strategies, methods, or product. Learn from credible sources, peers, and experts. Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing, what the real goal is, and why you love what you love. Help yourself refocus by questioning things brutally, learning abundantly, and regaining your passion.

4. Restart!

So, you’ve failed at a goal, but now it’s time to start again! Reboot and restart with a fresh goal, fresh strategies, and fresh inspiration. Remember that failure doesn’t define you. Rather, it’s a learning opportunity to improve you and your business by offering you experience and challenges. Believe in your ability to succeed, work hard, and learn from failure.

​Tired of not hitting your goals? Ready to make some real progress? Sign up for my Goal Setting Bootcamp if you’re craving a big change in your business or life, it’s time to learn how to set goals like a pro so you can get your dreams out of your head and into your daily life! 

Have a great week!

Robyn

PS: If you want to learn how to set bigger, better and more achievable goals for your business then register for the Goal Setting BOOTCAMP today and let’s do this!

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