Automating Your Small Business

Feb 10, 2021

Automating Your Small Business

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Sometimes, running a small business can feel more exhausting than exciting. It’s been estimated that business owners spend upward of twice as much time working as typical employees.

Between the physical hours spent moving your business forward and the mental investment of strategizing and thinking about how to grow your company, running a small business can be overwhelming.

In 2017, millionaire Grant Cardone made headlines for saying you need to “stop doing the 9-to-5 and start doing 95” in order to be successful, encouraging would-be entrepreneurs to work 14-hour days (7 days a week) in order to beat the competition.  

But what if you didn’t have to work from sunup to sundown to have a successful business? What if you could enjoy a work-life balance that allows you to leave early some days or take time off? It’s possible to work smarter, not harder, with the help of automation.

Automation is the process of completing basic or redundant tasks that would otherwise need to be done manually. These small tasks might only take a few minutes each, but they add up over the course of the workday. Automation allows you to scale your efforts and do more with less bandwidth, budget, staffing, and time.  

At first, tapping into machine learning and automation tools may seem complex and expensive. However, as you explore what’s available for small businesses, you’ll find that the automation market is closer to your reach than you realize. This guide will review what can be automated and how to move forward with automation tools in your small business.  

About the Author

Derek Miller

Derek Miller

Derek Miller is a writer specializing in entrepreneurship, small business, and digital marketing. His work has featured in sites like Entrepreneur, GoDaddy, Score.org, and StartupCamp. He’s currently the CMO of Smack Apparel, the content guru at Great.com, and a marketing consultant for small businesses.

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