My first love as an entrepreneur
My first love as an entrepreneur was network marketing/direct sales. I started being a distributor when I was in my 20s and fell in love with it. I loved that all my resources were coming from one place, my back office (when there was one). That made it very simple to grow my business without all the investment it takes for a start-up.
That journey took me from Princess House, Barefoot Books, JuicePlus, and then LuLaRoe. I had to believe strongly in the products to sell them. There were also other companies that I joined for the kit or to be able to have a deeper discount. I’m still connected to Arbonne for that reason. I love and believe in their products and mission.
There was a common thread through all of these direct sales companies. They all had some kind of back office with processes and procedures. Some were more organized or complete than others. If you followed the formula, you could create an income. If you didn’t follow them, you most likely wouldn’t be successful.
Through those direct sales companies and by starting my own, I see how important processes and procedures are to all organizations, no matter how big or small. It also doesn’t matter how big or small the task is either. Everything needs a repeatable procedure to be efficient. If you don’t have one, you will have to rethink it every time.
When you get up, what is the second thing you do? It doesn’t matter what it is, you’ve done it so many times, it is natural to you. But what if you added something to that one thing? Would you naturally do it a second day if you didn’t remind yourself? No, probably not until it became a consistent habit.
Let’s continue with this example, caring for your teeth. There is a specific process that you complete every morning. You might not believe me but other people may not take care of their teeth the way you. Or they may do it in a different order. Or they may have another step then you do. It doesn’t really matter how many steps you have, you do them in the same order every day. If you don’t, it may take you longer. You may take the extra time thinking about what to do next. Or you might forget part of the process and need to come back later to finish it.
The Importance of Processes
This is a big clue to knowing you need to put a process into place. When you forget things, misplace things, get frustrated looking for things or need to catch-up on things you’ve avoided–it’s usually because you don’t have a process in place for it yet.
In your job or business, you need processes and procedures. They need to be repeatable and in order. If they are not, you are probably exhibiting the following symptoms:
- Not able to find what you’re looking for
- Asking people to re-send things
- Facing 17,844 emails when you open your email viewer
- Having numerous notifications that you’ve never looked at
- Stressing out when it’s tax time and vowing for it to be different next year
- Feeling overwhelmed when going into your office
- Fearing there is something your missing
- Knowing there has to be a better way to do something that you have to do every day
- Confusion as to what comes next as a priority.
The main areas I see people struggle with are their desk area, emails, calendars, numbers, and digital files. These are the biggest areas of frustration for most people. If you are frustrated, there is increased stress, pressure, and lack of confidence when approaching these areas of your business.
The solution is Clarifying your Vision and Organizing your Actions! Connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a Clarity Call.