Hands up if you’re a Douglas Adams fan.

Like many, I read the Hitchhiker trilogy in my twenties. I thought it was funny. But I never really grew to appreciate it till I heard the original BBC radio show recordings.

See, my father in law is a huge fan. So when my husband and I got married, I was exposed to the radio show. Repeatedly.

It isn’t continuous or anything, but every few months or years, Darrin decides to listen to the whole series again. And each time I hear it, I love it more.

And now our kids are getting into it as well. Especially the ten year old, who’s kind of a chip off the old block.

I am getting to a point. Honest!

One of the things I really like about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is what’s written on the front in large, friendly letters. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean.

Don’t panic.

And you know what? That’s great advice in general. Doesn’t matter if you’ve just hitched a ride on the only ship in the galaxy with Infinite Improbability Drive, or if you’re slogging through the daily grind, trying to keep your customers happy.

Because you’ll run into problems every now and then. It’s just one of those things about life. (Life…don’t talk to me about life.)

But if you have some plans in place ahead of time (as in, you know where your towel is), you can get through those problems so much easier. And you’ll be a hoopy frood indeed.

This is why I wrote my ebook, Piece of Cake: 42 Simple Systems For Your Business.

The 42 is no mistake. After all, it’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

Setting up systems in your nappy business means being able to do what you thought was impossible. It’ll bring in more business, while at the same time giving you more time to do what you love.

So if you want to go on a holiday every now and then, or go for breakfast at Milliway’s, the restaurant at the end of the universe, you can do that and still keep your business ticking along.

First, automate as much as you can, without sacrificing personal touches. Things like using a social media scheduling tool (instead of updating Facebook manually every time), creating some canned emails for frequently asked questions, and direct debit or credit card for bill payments.

Make sure you write up your processes for easy reference, in case you need to get help one day. Wouldn’t it be nice if, one day when you’re sick, you could tell one of your kids to go into the stock room and pack all the orders, and know that she’ll be able to follow the instructions you wrote ages ago?

I’ve written about these and many other simple systems that you can implement in your nappy business RIGHT NOW to make your life so much easier.

If you’re stuck for where to start, grab yourself a copy of Piece of Cake: 42 Simple Systems For Your Business. In it, you’ll learn all about coming up with systems that work for you and your business.