There are only 24 hours in a day, sometimes running a business feels like you’re always trying to stretch or break that simple truth. Whether it’s dealing with customers, staff, finances, resources/supplies, marketing, or your actual product, the to-do list never seems to get shorter.
But what if there was a way to reclaim some of that time for you and your employees? Although automation can’t add time to the day, it can free up time in your schedule.
Every business has nagging, repetitive jobs that ensure smooth day-to-day operations. Often these are simple admin tasks requiring little thought: tracking bills, making payroll, entering information into a spreadsheet or accounting software, backing up data, replying to the same queries, or scheduling social content. These tasks aren’t screaming out for human creativity; they’re tasks perfectly designed for automation.
Unfortunately, automation is not quite a team of robots coming in to take over all your duties. Generally, when referring to automation for SMBs it’s all about software, not hardware. Automation uses technology to perform specific tasks previously done manually.
Through software, apps, or other technologies, successful automation removes repetitive, time-consuming jobs, freeing up time for employees to work on tasks where their skills can shine.
For example, automation via accounts payable software allows SMBs to focus on evaluating financial operations, spotting potential cash flow issues and devising solutions. Simple chores related to bill payment, such as generating invoices or managing different payment methods, are performed by software, simplifying processes for everyone involved.
You may think automation is not for you. That the convenience it brings is above your budget and it’s only used by big businesses. But it’s 2022, and automation and all the benefits it offers are available to any company with the need for it, no matter its size.
Anyone who’s worked in an office knows the often tedious computer tasks they have to perform as part of their job. A study of more than 10,000 office employees across the globe found that on average more than 3 hours a day are spent on repetitive computer tasks.
Imagine what they could do in that time instead. Automation can go a long way to remove these repetitive tasks and allow staff to perform their primary role and find new ways to add value to the business.
Beyond freeing up time, automation brings a range of other benefits that can unlock your business’s unrealized potential:
All this sounds great, right? But what does automation for SMBs actually look like in real life? Below are five examples of what automation could do for you and your business.
Imagine a world where you didn’t have to pick and choose what tasks to prioritize over others. Automation can take over a lot off your back, so your team can focus on what matters most. Like developing new ideas, overhauling inefficient work processes, identifying new growth opportunities, or maybe even discovering the meaning of work-life balance.
Automation is the key to unlocking your SMB’s potential. What could you do with some extra time in your schedule?
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