October 2, 2020
So here’s the thing with workflows… with so many different options out there, it might feel difficult to know where to start. And for a lot of creative business owners, automation sounds like the exact opposite of how they want to be spending their time.
It sounds techy, time-consuming, and hard to figure out. But the truth is, you do not need a Ph.D. in automation to get started. That’s why in today’s blog, I’m sharing just one baby step you can take to start automating your business, today. Let’s get started.
Here’s my challenge to you: Pick just one product or service that your business offers. Then, follow these four simple steps I’ve outlined below. By the end, you’ll have your very first automation solidified!
*Queue the confetti*
Once you’ve picked the product/service you want to focus on, step 1 is simple. Write out your step-by-step workflow for how you work with clients on the product/service you choose. From the second a client stumbles upon your website to the moment they’re signing on the dotted line and the day you deliver the final product — what does that look like?
If there isn’t a system currently, this is your chance to create one. Does the client schedule a call? When do you collect payment? What does communication with the client look like? Think through as many little details as you can and write it all out with a pen and paper.
Great job! Now that you have the workflow written out, transcribe that workflow into a spreadsheet. Use as many lines as you need, but make sure to get it all in one place. This spreadsheet will act as your source of truth for what systems and processes you have decided to commit to and will be a great thing to reference along the way when you need reminders.
The next step is to add the process to a project management tool. If you don’t have a favorite project management tool yet, that’s okay! Check out my list of favorites below …
Once you’ve determined your workflow, the last step is committing. Do this same process every single time. When you commit to the process, you’ll save yourself lots of headaches and frustration in the long run!
If you want to start automating your work, the first step is setting up workflows. Now that you’ve done the first one, go back and repeat this process for every product/service you sell. These workflows will become the foundation of your automation and will be the saving grace when it comes to your business.
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Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family & branding photographer and a creative business owner who educates on business systems! Dolly loves serving families, eloping couples, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography. She loves capturing the joy and emotion in both digital and film photos.
She also has a heart for serving the larger business community. Dolly shares her knowledge of tools like Pinterest, email marketing, and business systems with new creative business owners in an encouraging and supportive way through automation training, helpful blog posts, and her online course for new creative business owners: The Revolutionary Lab.
Dolly’s faith and love for her family motivate her to help other business owners find the joy and freedom she’s found in running a successful small business.
Whenever she has a spare moment, she enjoys watching TV (i.e. Survivor), eating way too many sweets, and listening to podcasts while running or walking. To work with Dolly DeLong Photography LLC, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out her contact form here.
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