10 Benefits of Using Systems in Your Business

10 Benefits of Using Systems to Create Leverage in Your BusinessYour systems and habits will drive success in your life more than any other single thing. More than the goals you set, the talent you have, or the “big idea” you offer in your business.

Think systems are just for geeks?  Let these 10 benefits show you otherwise:

You don’t have to worry about missing anything

Have you ever worn a hole in the carpet of your office pacing as you worry about missing something important? Me too.  When you have a “system for that” you naturally create stronger habits and you no longer need to worry about missing something important.  Cue the wave of relief!

Keeps you out of overwhelm

So much to do. It all feels like it needs to be done RIGHT NOW.  Well, it doesn’t.  A process lays out why, what, when, and how for you.  Then you work the plan using your systems.  Overwhelm can move the heck out of town.

Relaxes your brain for more important things

Because you are not overwhelmed, worried, and fatigued, your brain is saved for more important things. You’ll have mental bandwidth left for thinking like a CEO, reflecting on what you most want, evaluating performance, and exploring new creative ideas. [Read more…]

AEP 023 How to Be Disciplined (even if it seems to elude you)

How to Be More Disciplined in Your Business (Easily)

People often say to me “You are SO disciplined? How do you do that?” For me it comes naturally. Or, perhaps it is a long upbringing of being forced into discipline early on (more on that in a future podcast). Yet I am not special in that way. Even if discipline eludes you, you can set yourself up for success. Your business demands it if you want to grow without losing your mind.  Listen in as I talk more about how discipline, systems, habits, and goals work together.


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Goals Don’t Grow Your Business; Systems and Habits Do

Habits and Systems Grow Your Business

There is no shortage of cheer-leading around setting BIG GOALS in business circles.

All that RAH RAH RAH-ing makes me tired.

I’m not a huge fan of goals, at least not as they are traditionally set. I’ve written about my philosophy of setting multidimensional goals on several occasions: like here and here.

The longer I live and run my business the more I have replaced goal setting with intentions and experimentation.  Here’s why…

Goals are external and by design make you feel “less than” while making you susceptible to going all-out towards one thing over which you have no control that may or may not happen. Typically neglecting other important parts of your life in the process.

Sounds like a picnic, right? [Read more…]

AEP 022 Beth Allen DIY Hip Chicks

Beth Allen DIY Hip Chicks on Active Entrepreneur Podcast

I am so thrilled to welcome Beth Allen to the podcast. I’ve known Beth for about 5 years now and her brand and mission to empower women to be capable, informed homeowners makes my heart sing.  She teaches women how to screw and hammer too (who wouldn’t want THAT tagline, right?).  Listen in to our recent conversation:

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The 10 Commandments of Self-Employment

“Hi, my name is Paula and it has been 9 years since my last paycheck. “

I love to say those words.  I have now spent more years self-employed than I have spent at any other company I worked.

That blows my mind.

As I enter into my 10th year of business I bring you what I consider the 10 Commandments of business ownership.

The 10 Commandments of Self-Employment

Do Good Business

There is no such thing as a successful business built on the collateral damage done to your customers.  Churning and burning ‘em might give you a short-term income spike but it will never last. I want to sleep well at night knowing I did well by the people I come in contact with. You create a good business by doing good business.

Help people.

Stand behind your work.

Don’t nickel and dime people, but don’t sell yourself short either.

Create a Business You Enjoy

If you don’t enjoy your business, you’ve created your own version of employment hell. If you want to suffer, find a job you don’t like. It is much easier and you’ll have fewer details to worry about.

Bottom line is, if you don’t enjoy your business, you can’t enjoy your life. Conversely, even if you love your business there needs to be more to your life than just business.

That means you need to do something you enjoy and are skilled at with people you like and in a manner that supports you financially.  Skip any one of those elements and you’ll resent someone (or something). [Read more…]

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