When you are starting a business, there are all these things that you will have to do on your own. When you are starting out, like most people you will be operating on a shoe string budget and trying to make as much money as possible. In most cases, you will be the alpha and omega of that business, running everything from left to right. You will become the soul of the business to the point that without you nothing much can move. However, as the business grows, and as you grow in business, you will begin to find out that there is a lot more you can do away from the business and in some cases, your energy is better spent away from the business than running the day to day operations. At this point, there are some important steps in creating a business that you will have to go through.
One of the most important steps in creating a business that you will have to go through is the process of creating systems that can operate without your actual input. This is an especially important step in creating a business since it allows you to live the kind of life that you would like. What happens is that you will begin to slowly delegate some of the jobs that were in your domain. In doing so, you also create a system that works without your actual input. For instance, if you are running a company, you will need to create quality checks and thresholds that will meet the needs of your clients. You may also need to create different job descriptions and reporting lines to ensure that someone is always in charge. The idea here being that this business should be able to survive in your absence. If a business is able to operate outside of your existence then you can take a holiday and let it run. On the other hand, if your business only relies on you, then you cannot afford to be indisposed.
More importantly though, creating these systems works to your benefit in terms of creating more value in the business that you can then rely on in case an investor comes calling. When an investor looks at your business, one of the things that he or she will focus more on is how sustainable the business is. This means that if you decide to walk away, will the business survive and if so, how long after that will the business will survive? This is why creating the proper systems is an important step in creating business.
The systems that you have in place go a long way towards the valuation that you will eventually have of the business. This means with better systems, you tend to earn more in case you need to sell. On the flip side, with all the systems in place, you can then focus on what you really enjoy doing like travelling, fishing and relaxing with your family while collecting the cheques every other payday.