3 Stunning Steps to Build Better Business Systems & Witness Massive Efficiency Gains

Nate Anglin
2 min readSep 22, 2023

For years, I believed in hard work over intelligent business systems, and it nearly broke my business and my life.

We often hear tales of sweat and toil leading to success. But what if I told you that those grueling all-nighters, those 60-hour work weeks, and that endless hustle aren’t the zenith of business achievement?

A slight tilt in perspective — focusing on systems over sheer effort — was a game-changer for me. And, if you’re a small business leader looking to pivot your operation to newer heights, it can be for you, too.

Early in my leadership journey, I ran my operations on what I’d lovingly call the “mental relay.”

Every process, every strategy, every tiny detail — stored right up here in my noggin. Even with tons of “hustle” and “hard work,” was that sustainable? Far from it. When I made essential hires, I struggled to get all my information in their head.

There was no robust system to integrate them into.

The outcome?

Restrained results, vast inconsistencies, and long, tedious training periods. It wasn’t just unproductive; it was a disservice to my team and our vision.

So, how did I shift from this chaotic hustle to a streamlined strategy?

Here’s how:

Step 1: Clearly define your business systems.

It’s all about consistency.

Map out every process, however minor. Have a clear, documented method for every task. This not only ensures consistency but empowers your team to execute tasks without a constant need for guidance.

Step 2: Automate the routine.

Technology is a small business leader’s best friend.

Automating repetitive tasks can save hours every week. Whether it’s invoicing, emails, or data entry — let tech…

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Nate Anglin

Small Biz Investor, CEO, & helping others improve their performance, profit, & potential w/out sacrificing what’s most important. www.nateanglin.com/newsletter