Being an entrepreneur gives us tons of freedom and flexibility to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. We get to set our own hours, choose our clients, and define our own company’s culture.
Yes. The life of an entrepreneur is pretty sweet.
But, with all of that freedom and flexibility comes hefty responsibility.
Being your own boss means you’re responsible for everything–marketing, business development, customer service, accounting, technology, office supplies, payroll, and the list goes on. I like to say, we give a new meaning to the title C.E.O.
Chief EVERYTHING Officer!
So what happens when you want to take an extended vacation? Or what if you have to take off for a few weeks because you have the flu? Or if you get into a car accident? Or your pregnancy is rougher than expected and you have to be hospitalized or put on bed rest? Or if you want to take some time off after giving birth to be with your baby?
Can your business continue to run smoothly in your absence? Or does everything come tumbling down if you’re not around?
If your answer is the latter, you need to put some things in place right away.
One thing you should do is create your SOP (standard operating procedures) for each of your daily/monthly processes.
An SOP is a vital tool to systemize your business.
Here are a few processes you can start with:
- Newsletter – this should include how often you send your newsletter, day of the week, and time.
- Paying freelancers – this should include when they are paid, how to determine how much they should be paid, the step-by-step system you use to issue the payment, etc.
- Blog posting – include where to get the blog graphics (or how to make them, including the size, color, and fonts to use on the graphic).