Why You Should Automate Your Business - Now!

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Two things to consider when it comes to automating your business: first, your competition is doing it, so you don’t want to fall behind; second, there are opportunities to be had with automation. The time is now to automate your business process and take your business to that next level of profits, growth, and efficiency. What does automation involve? Let’s take a look.

What Business Processes to Automate

First, let’s define Business Automation. Automation is getting workflows going without human involvement. It essentially means eliminating a process altogether from a human perspective. Imagine no more meetings about meetings. Here are a few functional areas of your business that can potentially be automated:

Tie it all together with Communication, often the number one priority for CEOs and other leaders. Not only will you be eliminating processes, you’ll be improving communications between departments and internal teams.

Benefits of Business Automation

Businesses that automate their processes can see real, tangible benefits by taking the human time out of those processes. The benefits include:

How to Automate Your Business

Let’s identify ways to automate your business. One key question you might ask is, “When?” That’s easy. Now. The sooner you automate, the sooner the benefits above start to snowball.

So, how do you find ways to automate your business?

  1. Start small. Find a simple process to automate. Document the process. Don’t begin with a complex system with multiple moving parts and external integrations. Cut your teeth on something manageable.
  2. Look for repetition. What forms, processes, reports, orders, etc. are you repeating over and over.
  3. Find paper trails. Literally. Look for processes that use paper. Is it order fulfillment, or shipping, or support tickets? Paper is a sure sign that automation is in order.
  4. Find processes that can be simplified. Do employees sometimes complain of how involved or complex certain workflows are? That’s a great opportunity to simplify.
  5. Information Flow. Do all the different pieces of software integrate? Does your CRM drop information from new sales into your logistics program? Look for synergies -- connected systems -- among your software solutions. Integrations are a great way to automate.
  6. Meetings. Can meetings be eliminated by automation? What is the purpose of your meetings? If you do meetings to update information, like order status, sales pipelines, and financial reports, much of that can be automated.

4 Simple Steps to Automating Your Business

You’ve done the planning work above, identifying systems and processes that can be automated. Now that you know where you want to start, here are four simple steps to automating your company:

  1. Set goals for your automation: What is the end goal, or outcome, desired from the automation. This will define a successful automation.
  2. Identify or create the automation tools, including custom software, software integrations, and more.
  3. Create reports and other measurement tools. As part of automating your processes, include automated reports that tell you whether you’re moving towards achieving your goals for the project.
  4. Automate Your Automation: Build an internal process to identify and automate functional areas of your business. Create an ‘automation’ culture so that your team finds new opportunities to automate and grow.

The Final Step in Automation

Get an advisor. Don’t go this alone. When it comes to automation, from CRMs to Marketing to connecting systems, we’ve been helping our clients automate business processes for years. We can help you, too. Contact us today so that we can discuss your situation and identify ways for you to automate with a custom software solution.