If you are a startup entrepreneur, you’ll find yourself doing almost everything in the early stages of your business.
That’s alright. When Invent Electronics was founded, I was doing everything. I was the web designer, inventory manager, customer support rep, marketing guy, etc. Everything was dependent on me and I was the company.
But as your company grows, here are two things you should do:
1. Build a team and find people to fill key roles.
2. Build systems and processes.
Systems and processes are very important to your business because it ensures that nothing is dependent on any one particular person.
It also ensures that things can run smoothly in your absence. (I don’t want anyone from work calling my phone when I am vacationing in East Africa.)
Thirdly processes ensure that your business delivers good quality services consistently and keeps chaos from creeping into your day-to-day operations.
Building systems and processes doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time.
For some time now, I’ve been investing a lot of time in building solid processes in my startups. At Invent Electronics, we have several internal processes to ensure that we have a well-oiled machinery in place which works efficiently.
And we do well to document these processes so that any new person who joins the team can fit in smoothly after onboarding.
Creating processes is great but they aren’t of much use if they are not efficient. So while it’s important to have processes, it’s equally important to constantly review and optimize your processes to ensure that they are efficient.
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My name is Isaac Sesi. I am an award-winning entrepreneur, front-end developer and embedded systems engineer. I started my first company, Invent Electronics in my second year in college and have co-founded 3 other companies since.
On this site, I share practical a lot of practical insights and resources in entrepreneurship from an African entrepreneur’s perspective to help you become a better African entrepreneur too.
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Businesses I Am Building
Invent Electronics The premier electronics components retail store in Ghana
Sesi Technologies An Ag-tech hardware startup manufacturing affordable technology for the Agric sector
Wires & Bytes A Software development startup with a focus on developing SaaS applications for the educational sector
Sesi Consult A business consultancy service for startup entrepreneurs