It’s tough to keep a small business alive. You’ve heard the stat: Only about 50% of businesses survive their first five years. And that’s without the added challenge of a pandemic or a recession.

If you run a small business, chances are you work your tail off. With so much competing for your attention, it’s hard to get it all done. For you, systems can be a powerful ally.

In this post, I’ll show you 19 ways you can use systems to grow your small business, and I’ll even throw in some free tools to help you get started.

Systems and business growth

The right systems can help small businesses be more efficient and stretch their budgets. But the benefits of systematizing your business go beyond saving time:

  • Spend more time growing your business.
    Globally, the average office worker spends the equivalent of 69 days per year on administrative tasks, instead of on their primary job duties. Can you imagine what you could do to grow your business with 69 extra days each year?
  • Reduce your costs.
    Globally, lost productivity costs the service industry more than $5 trillion per year. In the US, the service industry spends $2,873.3 billion in man-hours on admin tasks. The right systems can help you reduce admin costs and be more profitable.
  • Be more responsive.
    When you automate away your repetitive and time-consuming tasks, you can get back to customers faster and shrink your delivery times.
  • Reduce your risk of burnout.
    Burnout can happen when you feel like your results aren’t proportional to all the effort you’re putting in. With the right systems in place, you can make progress without burning the candle at both ends.
  • Do more with a smaller team.
    Nobody wants to downsize, but poor ec