14 Mar 2017

Systems - Another Name for Freedom!!!


Ok, things have been a bit "down" recently with the posts I have been putting out there, but a couple of things have happened over the past week that have put a real positive "slant" back on running a business and I want to share them with you here today!!

Let's get started - last week my son got his first job!!!

He has been applying for everything he could find advertised ever since he found out that businesses would start looking at kids his age for employment and two weeks ago he came running out of his room to tell me that he had just got a text from one of the potential employers who wanted him to come in for an interview to see if he would be a good "fit".

I am not going to mention the employer concerned at this stage (to be truthful, I am in the process of trying to get them on to the BookPals Business Sanity podcast to talk about their business) but what I will say is that their processes for vetting and checking to see if a potential employee is the right for their business are out of this world.

I suppose I have to put something into perspective here - I applied for my first job 40 years ago and I still remember how daunting and laborious the whole process was - sitting down in front of a panel of "Oldies", wearing a suit and tie for the first time and thinking I was in a court room being questioned over a murder case - and to compare this experience to how the business conducted my son's interview and vetting process was so refreshing to me.

What impressed me most about the whole process is that it is set up to cater specifically for the demographic that they are targeting as employees - in other words young kids who are just starting out on their business careers.

The whole process was very casual and laid back, but at the same time it was run to a very tight system, with all the checks and balances in place to ensure that when a person was chosen as a new employee the employer was confident that all the requirements needed by the candidate had been "ticked off".

Why am I telling you this?

Many of us - small business owners that is - think that adhering to "tight" systems is something that only the "Big Boys" have to do, but this can be no further from the truth.

Systems are there for a very simple reason - to give you a very clear "path" on what needs to be done under certain circumstances - so doesn't it make sense to incorporate systems into everything you do in your business so that others working for you don't have to keep hounding you with questions on what they should be doing?

Running your own small business takes up enough of your time as it is without having the added hassle of staff constantly hounding you for instructions on what to do in their job, so think about systems as the freedom you need to successfully run your business.

Gotta go now - time to teach the "Young Bloke" how to iron his new uniform!!! LOL

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