How do you scale sheep herding?
A question not many have probably ever concerned themselves with.
But, here's the answer:
Just like everything else.
Let me elaborate...
Scalability in business and in life is almost entirely interdependent on systems.
You need to create easily duplicatable processes so when the system gets more loaded, (ie the inputs get greater) you are able to maintain a relative constant of complexity.
If the system is too complex, increasing the input will stress the system, resulting in something breaking and you loosing money learning what went wrong.
The same is true for sheep herding.
If you can effectively systematize a 10 sheep operation, the complexity is such that you can add another 10, 20, or 100 and the system still worked just as efficiently, granted the systems scaled up as well. (ie the water stations, food systems, and workers increase accordingly)
You, however, can't start naming the sheep, and spending 20 minutes with each, and brushing them and scale that system.
It doesn't work, and something will break and it will most likely be you.
Such a lesson is invaluable.
And to properly grow a business, you need to start with this idea in mind.
So when you only have 5 sheep or 2 clients, you are creating the systems to manage another hundred.
Systems are what reduce complexity and allow for scalability.
Start, Systematize and Scale.
You'll be way ahead of the competition if you start off like this.
- Inspired by Tai Lopez's 67 Steps: 46