Are you working WAY too many hours and have no idea how to cut your workload without it impacting your business? Or maybe you find yourself constantly repeating the same tasks and it’s draining your efficiency. You may even want to outsource, but have no idea where to even start and worry that you’ll spend even more of your precious time explaining how to do a task to your new recruit that takes even more time out of your business. You, my friend, need a heavy dose of business systemisation.
So you’ve read all about the benefits of implementing Standard Operating Procedures within your business and now it’s time for you to get down to it! Here I’ll give you the considerations you need to make and steps you need to take to create a flexible and usable SOP structure within your business.
This is the very first decision you need to make when creating your SOPs. There are four main formats; written, video, flow chart and checklist and the great news is, you don’t have to stick to one! Different formats suit different businesses, different situations and different learning styles, so here are the pros and cons to each to help you decide.
Unlike many people, I can genuinely say I love creating a good standard operating procedure! While I totally understand why most would think it is a boring admin task, I am a bit of a process obsessive and get huge satisfaction and peace of mind out of knowing that I (and my clients) have the safety net of clear, documented business operating procedures.
Starting a business is exhilarating, scary, challenging and amazing all in one go. When you first start out you can often handle it all yourself from updating your website, social media, bookkeeping, finding clients and all the other a million and one tasks that need to be done.
Over time through, you may find that your days are getting longer, you are always going full throttle, but the wheels are spinning and you aren’t getting the traction you need to level up your business.