I’m about to say a very VERY dirty word (or at least a word I THOUGHT used to be dirty) – SYSTEMS.
It just makes me cringeeeeeee. Me, The Uncaged Life, despises anything planned and systematized. Or again, so I thought.
Then I actually implemented systems. And holy shit, not so bad. Actually, pretty fucking great
In fact, if you want to have an Uncaged business, you NEED to get your life and business organized, or else you’ll be spending all your free time working on nitty gritty business stuff instead of gallivanting around the world, taking daily naps, or watching every single episode of Dawson’s Creek back to back like you should be doing.
Because when you’re running a business, the easiest way to start to hate it is to get swamped and subsequently overwhelmed with all the little stuff that needs to get done.
Better off getting that stuff in order, asap.
Here are a few things I learned (on my own, through trial and error) to systematize in my business over the past 2 years. I wish I had started pretty much all of these sooner. As in right away. But alas, live and learn, and now you get to benefit from my sloppy mistakes.
Having a system for taking payment from clients (turns out giving people a choice just means more emails which means less Dawson’s Creek for me)
Having a system for scheduling clients (duh. What an idiot I was, scheduling everything by EMAIL)
In fact, an entire client intake system that automates everything from beginning to end (my life pretty much became 1000% better when I got this all set up)
Blog post system (when/how to write and post, and when/how to promote. I messed around with so many different ways before I actually got a system in place)
Social media system (Still working on this one, but things are infinitely better JUST by learning how to organize my time when it comes to social media)
My friend Natasha is launching a course all about implementing systems into your business (click here to see the course outline!), and I knew I had to get my hands on it asap. I also wanted to get in touch with her to ask her a few basic questions about systems, since she’s an expert and that word tends to scare me (and I know I’m not alone in this!).
Watch as Natasha explains what the hell systems actually are (because if you’re anything like me, you think they are scary monsters with 3 eyes and too many arms that are supposed to make things work easier but just sound like a ton of WORK to actually use, and are thus reserved for businesses that have a huge team/tons of money to spend).
She also gives you some tips on systems you can implement NOW in your business (especially if you’re just starting out!) that will help you see your business in a TOTALLY new way. Seriously. Even just hearing her say it gave me one of those a-ha moments and totally helped me see a change that I need to implement in my business immediately.
Watch the video here. The recording is kind of funny and my sound is WAY louder than Natasha’s, so you may need to play with your volume so you can hear her.
Video not working? Try watching it here.
You can check out the Systematic Success program here. Natasha is a bit
nutty I mean generous and is dishing out FREE one-on-one sessions if you join the course before Jan 31. I just booked mine and I seriously feel like I’m gonna get a spanking (in a good way).
Get the course and join me in taking the scare factor out of systems, forever.
Natasha Vorompiova is the founder of SystemsRock, architect of business systems that work and a Certified Book Yourself Solid Coach. Her clients are small business owners who start their businesses with passion and a desire for freedom, but find themselves stuck and buried in day-to-day operations. Natasha creates systems that ensure clients get more done in less time and pave the way for greater profits and long-term success. Check out the FREE Systems Chick’s Guide to Transforming Busyness Into Business for simple ways to grow your business.
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