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When is the Best Time to Implement a Management System?

One of the things I hear a lot from all sizes of businesses when discussing Management Systems is, ‘We are not ready to do that yet, but we want to’.


But, when is the right time to do it?

There are several factors that highlight the need for a Management System. You need to win more business, your company is wasting material, too many customer complaints, want to be a preferred supplier and late delivery of products and services are just a few.


There are also economic factors to consider. The business sector is going through a boom period and customers are going to businesses with a recognised management accreditation. There is a recession and cash flow is not good, so cutting back spending to keep afloat.


But you must weigh these factors against the potential benefits of a fully implemented and embedded Management System.


Firstly, there is never a wrong time to invest in a Management System once you have identified all the options and factors you wish to address.


As with all outlay of hard earned cash, the return on investment must be considered. That’s investment of cash and time.


With cash, you need to look at how long it will take to recoup your expenditure. Is the cost of implementing and embedding a Management System a one of cost or spread out across several months? This consideration will help you address the business cash flow. 



Are you going to implement it yourself or get a consultant to help implement and guide you? If you do it yourself, have you got the knowledge, manpower and spare time? Will this impact on the businesses output of services or products? If you are going to use a consultant, what does he/she bring to the table? What is his scope of work? How long will it take?


Again, once you have answered these questions you can ask yourself the big question:

‘Can you afford not to do it?’


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