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Boost your business systems with help from our free ebook

WRITTEN BYJames Price | JPAbusiness

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Your business's value proposition is key to creating a point of difference in your market, but it can only be realised if it is underpinned by an effective business model.

And in order for your business model to be effective, it requires a set of systems and processes that are well understood and followed by your team.

In our Business Health Check, we take the pulse of your business systems and processes by asking you to answer the following questions:

  1. Are your systems and processes well developed and consistently deployed and followed?
  2. Do you feel in control of the day-to-day activities your business undertakes? Are tasks planned, scheduled, prioritised?
  3. How well does your business track the delivery of products and services to your customers?

If answering these questions throws up some red flags for your business, it's time for action. I suggest you start by reading our free Business Systems and Processes ebook and checklist.

The ebook examines 6 key business systems and their related processes and procedures:Business systems and processes ebook cover

  • Leadership  
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Operations and IT
  • Financial management
  • People management.

The accompanying checklist then enables you to review the strength of these systems and processes in your own business, and identify gaps and issues impacting your business performance.

As I say in the ebook, rather than ‘eating the entire elephant at once’, it’s easier to break down each element and develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of what you currently have in place.

Then you can decide on refinements and enhancements to processes (e.g. introducing a new process to improve results, or perhaps a technology solution for automating a particular process).

Benefits of effective systems and processes

Having a set of effective systems and processes within a business can provide multiple benefits, including – but not limited to –­­ the following:


Consistent service, despite the product or service sold, is a core attribute in a business satisfying customer expectations.

Having systems and processes that enable consistent delivery to determined standards can have substantial benefits, including positive customer feedback and increased patronage.


Ensuring business activities are not solely reliant on individuals, but rather on standardised and automated processes, provides the opportunity for business activity and sales to increase over the same cost base, driving scale benefit which should enhance earnings – a scale advantage.


Well-established systems and processes, along with technology and automation, can have substantial efficiency benefits. They enhance the capabilities of management and employees, removing the need for time and labour-intensive manual tasks.

With more time available, management and employees can focus on crucial strategies that will help the business advance and expand.

Problem solving

Systems and processes, leveraging technology and monitoring performance data, can provide valuable and (often) real-time information on business delivery problems (e.g. shipment times, inventory levels, order status, equipment failure, customer experience), enabling rapid action on remedies to maintain run-rate and business operations. Savings on downtime can be significant.


Well-functioning systems and processes offer the owner peace of mind that everything is going as planned/strategised.

Rather than keeping an eye on every business activity, focusing on systems and processes is a better way to keep business operations under control.

Business value

With a standardised method of operation underpinned by well-established systems and processes, no longer is a business reliant on key employees or owners for operational aspects that deliver the business’s value proposition.

Invariably this enhances the sustainability of earnings and is often an attractive business characteristic in the eyes of potential investors.

JPAbusiness offers a range of business valuation and advisory services. If you would like to discuss strategies to help you grow the value of your business, contact the team on 02 6360 0360 or 02 9893 1803 for a confidential, obligation-free discussion.


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Free ebook
Business Systems and Processes

This ebook focuses on the core systems and processes that contribute to a business model's success, and includes a checklist and tips to help readers improve their business performance.

About James Price | JPAbusiness James Price has over 30 years’ experience in providing strategic, commercial and financial advice to Australian and international business clients. James’ blogs provide business advice for aspiring and current small to mid-sized business owners, operators and managers.