How Small Businesses Can Ride the Automation Wave

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It is scary not knowing if you've equipped your business enough to survive the automation wave. Competition is the main driving force behind innovation. Technology today moves at a fast pace. It is surprising how fast technological products become outdated. It’s like buying a brand new Samsung Galaxy, and a week later the company launches its newest Galaxy model. 

Naturally, this phenomenon has pushed automation of business processes to newer heights. This drives tech conscious small business owners into a frenzied rush to catch up with what is new.

Small business has to be proactive to survive the automation wave, but they also have to be practical in adopting new technology. It is imperative that managers and owners alike find the best and most efficient way to use technology to drive sales.

How can managers & owners know what areas of their business can be enhanced by automation? To simplify the discussion let’s focus on the ways automation can offer a competitive advantage for your business.

What’s in it for Small Business?

The Need for Speed
Automation can improve processes in your business.  Take stock of the operational aspects of your business. Write down all repeatable tasks in a list. Repetitive duties in your business operations can be automated. Sending emails, scheduling appointments and filling out forms can be automated and done more efficiently by automation.

This is one of the most effective ways to know what automation can do to make operational processes in your business run faster.  Automation platforms are perfect for duties with cyclic repetition.  They can be programmed to imitate and duplicate with the same or better performance that humans. The speed in which task can be completed is the biggest advantage.

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
By using automation, you can achieve more significant output over a shorter period with fewer errors; which translates to less money spent and more business done.
You can avoid costly mistakes due to human error and lack of efficiency by placing machine precision where susceptibilities commonly occur.  Automation can save plenty of labor-related costs in administrative functions as well.  

Deciding to automate or not can be a challenging decision to make. A small business owner should evaluate and weigh not only the advantages and disadvantages but also the related costs. For example, you can total the cost due to employee mistakes and weigh them against the cost of acquiring and maintaining automation. Another example is by comparing outputs of both options. More often than not, in a contest of speed, accuracy and repetition automation wins.

Like the writer, Eddie Morra played by Bradley Cooper in the movie Limitless who takes a top-secret pill that places the human brain in overdrive; automation can certainly put some if not most of the rote processes of your small business into overdrive. It’s simply a better way of doing things. 

The ability to do things better makes any business small or large more competitive. For small businesses who need to process scores of paperwork automation can perform these functions with more accuracy and in less time. It is the undeniable smart choice, given the appropriate technology of course.  

Every business or industry has a use for automation.  Don't wait for your competitors to automate you out of business.  Act now and be proactive. “Tech-up” and get automated.