Many business owners read with envy that other companies are automating processes and saving big bucks, but don’t see how they can apply this to their own business. At first glance, many entrepreneurs think they are too small for automation. The real truth is that business owners just need to spend a little time figuring out where automation will help them the most.
Here’s the question you need to ask: “What processes do you think would take less time and money and produce better results?” This question seems daunting at first, but not when broken down into smaller steps.
First, think about what processes could be done in much less time and for much less money.
Does your process require the same data to be entered into different systems over and over again?
For example, your employees keep track of their time on paper, then someone in accounting enters all of the time in QuickBooks, and your office manager keeps track of how many vacation hours your employees are using in a spreadsheet.
Does a human do what a machine should be?
Does your office manager spend countless hours a week creating the same reports in Excel over and over again? Do you accept all your sell orders over the phone? Do you manage all your contacts with a business card book?
Second, think of processes that could produce much better results, and then think about the following questions.
Do you often find errors in your payroll times?
Are you late with the delivery of orders?
Do you forget to call business contacts who may have given you a business card?
If you can answer yes to the above questions, you can and should automate your business processes.
With automation, you can literally do more with less. You will be able to process more information, create more value and deliver more products to your customers in less time and with fewer errors. No business owner in their right mind would do the bookkeeping with pen and paper, so why do anything else manually that can be inexpensively automated?