With all the articles lately on systemizing your business, you might be feeling like all the creativity of building is being removed. In fact, it should be more fun. You should be able focus more on creating and building your ideas than worrying about all the things you need to do to run your business. Systemizing a business is not to make it boring. It’s to make it run like clockwork. It is about removing all the inefficiencies and maximizing your output.
Take a look at this example:
When a call comes in for insurance work, the contractor has to respond immediately and get a quote out very quickly, usually within 24-48 hours. The quotation must be accurate, very detailed and with full disclosure of the scope of work to be performed, whether it is a $10,000 or a $100,000 repair. How can anyone do that so quickly? Well, the answer is that they have a system that they follow every time they prepare a quotation. Their system is how they run the business. It has nothing to do with the creativity or pride of actually doing the work.
You might argue that there are so many options in home renovations that there is no way to follow a similar model. Sometimes that may be true, but what you are really talking about is the wide variety of selections available, not the actual quotation writing process. The number of selections can vary greatly, but the quotation should have the same look and feel to it regardless of the selections.
So, the next time you hear about systemizing your business, think about what processes you could put in place that would save you time and money, but would not constrict your ability to be creative in your work.