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Structure and Systems: Running a Tight Ship

By Maria Pesin | Business

Feb 27

Running a tight ship in your business is paramount to being successful.  The devil is in the details.  By letting the details fall by the wayside you will find that your business is not as profitable as it could be.  Also as Michael E. Gerber, author of The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, states “A business that looks orderly says to your customer that your people know what they’re doing.”

If your desire is to have a dynamic, efficient, quality-driven business, then structure and systems are essential. There is the belief that working on your business not just in your business is of significant importance.  So, by creating processes, you ensure that you leave nothing to chance. Systems produce predictable results. Lack of structure and the absence of clearly defined processes will most definitely produce inconsistency in how work is done.  

This is what leadership is about.  Whether you are leading yourself or a large team of people there needs to be processes in place to ensure accountability and standards of performance.  A deliberate and structured approach to business in other words, running a tight ship, increases your success exponentially.

So what does this look like?

  • Paying Attention To The Details –  This is what sets you apart from other companies.  Every detail from paper stock of hang tags to Instagram posts needs to be carefully crafted.  This will create an image for your brand,
  • Keep Track Of Your People – Accountability, not micro-managing people is a delicate balance.  You want to make sure they are doing their work to your standards while showing respect and consideration for them.
  • Have A Tight Budget & Stick To It – It is easy to make decisions on what you want to pay for the big stuff but it is  the little stuff that you spend on that can drain your financial resources.
  • Develop procedures for everything from Customer Service to taking a sales call – This is the part where you can create the company experience for employees and customers alike.  That doesn’t mean that your people can’t use initiative.  But they understand the parameters from which to conduct business.

Leave nothing to chance by running a tight ship.

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About the Author

Maria Pesin knows fashion, especially the business side of the fashion industry. Do you know how Manolo Blahnik got his start in the industry? How he leveraged a paltry 3 grand into one of the world’s most famous luxury brands? While she doesn’t take credit for Manolo’s success, Maria has walked a similar path on numerous occasions. The world of fashion is not silicon valley, and it has nothing to do with Madison Avenue marketing. In this industry there is ALWAYS room for something new and exciting, but you have to have your ducks in a row. If that’s what you need, believe me, Maria is the General Patton of fashion ducks!

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