Friday, October 13, 2006

EMS


A year ago I spent a lot of time thinking about the long term plan for my business and my life and I came up with three little letters that I ask myself everytime I'm presented with a new opportunity or idea and the letters are "EMS" and they stand for Everything Must Scale.

One of the biggest problems I see in most businesses is that they don't have any ability to grow let alone scale into something increasingly more profitable for the owner.

Tim Sanders talks a lot about scalability and he says that the process of a company is "the heart and soul of a company's worth" and so we should build a process that doesn't break when it gets bigger.

How can your business get bigger without "breaking"

Happy Friday!
DJ

15 comments:

Chris Humphreys said...

Great point!

Mike said...

You are a smart man DJ! Cant wait to meet you next month in TN!

Anonymous said...

Right on DJ. Keep preachin' and I'll keep listening!

I really have to say how impressed I am with OSP. The shear power and volume is incredible!! Not trying to thread jack or anything, but to prove my point, did you see the thread that Hassel Weems started under Digital Photography with the tv news guy? I love how supportive this community is! OSP is huge!!!

Hollye said...

Great point DJ and clearly applicable to the project I'm working on.
Your timing is impeccable. :-)

Hollye

Daily Photo Tips! said...
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Daily Photo Tips! said...

Great topic Deej...too many businesses fail because they didn't adequately plan for expansion. Keep rockin' bud!

GARY FONG said...

Interesting! One thing that is not scalable is wedding photography, so you have to price creep. That's what I did, just let the clientele keep referring their friends upward.

I never thought about scalability, but we've had to face that as we've grown, and it's a dern good idear!

VinceP said...

I need some help with show it web. I did some shows in the demo mode and they worked great. I bought the program usage and I am having problems with the order of my images in the show. I renamed the images one by one and finally they came into the show in the order that I had them in the file. I was wanting to know if there is a program that is for batch renaming of files in a folder for a show like this. I am also having a problem posting the show on my web site to be able to let people email the show. Any help would be appreciated. I am posting this here since I am currently not able to loggin on the showit web support. My password and user name are not working and I clicked on the wrong button to try to re enter my name and I am locked out of support because they think I am under 13 or something

VinceP said...

You do have to plan room for expansion both in your staffing and open time that you set aside for your business. If you want to grow you do have to have space and time to grow into. Vince

Daniel J. Watkins Photography said...

Gary -- it's scalable if you are in the wedding photography B2B business in addition to the B2C. Seminars, DVDs, etc.,...you and DJ (and Colon, Reggie, et al) are perfect examples of scalability and acting upon market opportunities.

OpenSourcePhoto said...

Hey Vince - your Showit Web answer is on the knowledge base part of the site as well as tons of other info about how to upload and everything else you need to know. :) - Click here ...and Photoshop works great for renaming and the OSP forum would be a much better place to chat about that stuff.

Mike - amped for TN! It's gonna be awesome!

Caroline Johnson said...

Love the fact that you also spend so much time frequenting the business blogs. There is really so much info there that can help all of our business prosper. I constantly learn from these influences and also frequent them. My fav is Brand Autopsy's blog check it out. I am going to put a link from my blog now.

Oh yeah... I am really enjoying the Showit web! Thanks again.

Daily Photo Tips! said...

Another great business blog is www.brandstorming.com. :)

Deyl said...

what book does Sanders talk about scaling?

Kevin Keelan said...

A few years back I was CEO of a wedding photo gallery in Orlando FL. It’s growth led to studios opening in Hawaii and Las Vegas. A board of directors was assigned to manage this cursory growth. Many times I was over shadowed and outvoted.
In my discomfort of the direction the Co I founded was heading, I consulted my Pastor. He recommended leaving an empty chair for God in our board meetings. That’s when I came up with my three words, “GOD” Guide Our Destiny.
I eventually took that chair and walked out the back door and never looked back “chickacow!
EMS, right on DJ