Grow Your Small Business With Big Ideas
If you ever wonder if as a Small Business Owner you can possibly keep up… especially with all the technology changes to stay on top of, the answer is automation. This is how you grow your small business effortlessly. This article will cover the basics of creating systems that can automate various aspects of your business.
It is hard to keep up with every wind of technological innovation. It can be expensive… or can it? It is easier to keep up when you have disposable funds but when you are still operating on a tight budget, you have to be creative.
In fact, this is how many big ideas are born. Some lone entrepreneur had a need and no money or saw people who had needs that they could serve and their small business went from small to not so small to BIG.
However you have to have a system… a formula for getting things done. Many Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners have very limited staff and in many cases take on an active role in servicing the client. If you have good systems in place, you can get things done a lot faster and more efficiently. The beautiful thing about a system is that it works every time. You know what the expected outcome is and you get the same results because you’ve formulated key work duties into a systematic formula that yields proven results. Ready to create your automation? Read on.
Four Steps to Automation
- Step 1: Analyze
The first thing you want to do is sit down with your key players and analyze all of your business operations, processes and procedures. Don’t overthink it. Simply assess everything it takes for you to achieve your end result, which is to generate sales. Are there processes that can be eliminated? Is there a way to automate some of the operations? What is working well? What’s not working well? What else do you need in order to be successful? Do you need additional tools?
- Step 2: Formulate
Once you’ve evaluated your processes, begin to write out each process separately and indicate in your notes where automation is needed. Look for additional ways to streamline those processes. How can you automate some of these processes? Examples of automated processes include Email Marketing which results in sales or Website and Social Media Integration. This is an excellent way to grow your small business.
- Step 3: Implement
Now that you have all of your processes documented, begin the automation. Do some research on tools that may cost money but can save you time that costs you more than the money you would have spent on a manual non-automated process.
- Step 4: Rinse and Repeat
Measure your results on a continual basis and refine and tweak where needed. Once you have a proven process that works, use it all over again to get the same or better results. Once you have proven your process gets consistent results, you can scale it up (for instance, double it) to get better results and grow your organization.
Posted on January 29, 2018
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