Since the Pimp Your Productivity Challenge starts in a few days, I wanted to talk a bit more about exactly what a system is and why it is useful. In this episode, I share 6 must-have systems for your creative business + a few tools to help you streamline things.
Let’s start at the top.
What Is A System?
A system is a decided way, method, or process of doing something in your business.
So whether you realize it or not all businesses have systems because by definition, they are your specific way of doing tasks in your business. Things like writing blog posts, sending newsletters, or bringing on new clients are examples of different systems.
Systems vs. Tools
Systems are the specific way that you do things. Tools help you complete the system in a more streamlined and efficient manner.
6 Must-Have Systems For Your Creative Business
#1 Content Creation
It helps you streamline your creation of content like video, audio, text, and images. Most creative entrepreneurs are content creators on some level because they are probably creating content in one of those categories. There’s not just going to be one system. You may have a system for making images versus creating text-based content, it just depends on your business.
Tools – WordPress, Libsyn
#2 Project Management System
It helps you organize and prioritize your work across various projects. Having a project management system really helps eliminate stress and overwhelm.
Tools – Asana, ClickUp
Helps you track the money coming into your business vs. what’s going out.
Tools – Xero, Quickbooks, Wave
#4 Email Marketing
Helps you stay in touch with your audience. Warm up leads.
Tools – Mailerlite, Convertkit
#5 File Organization
Helps you streamline file creation, saving and storage.
Tools – Google Drive, Dropbox
Helps you to schedule meetings and manage your calendar efficiently.
Tools – Acuity Scheduling, Calendly