The Process of Automating Your Business

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The process of automating your business is essentially a dynamic way of taking the duties done formerly by a human and converting them to machine labour. While this is a cheap way to replace the drudgery of repetitive tasks, it can have deleterious effects if a detailed plan is not constructed first.

Computers are given many tasks nowadays, but they do not replace the old fashioned customer service that is provided by a skilled representative of a company. Granted, many items can and should be computerized for faster access, but these should be closely examined for both ease of use and relevancy.

The first step in automating any business is to determine what can be done to provide better customer service. This can mean such things as inventory control, automatic ordering, website construction to provide a 24 hour service and a voice mail service to catch any inquiries happening outside of normal business hours.

When considering any type of automation, it is imperative to consider its impact upon the business. There are some things that will have a negative connotation on any firm and should be avoided if possible. Many people want to speak with a human for instance when they have a problem. Customers are fickle these days given the plethora of choices available.

Another thing to keep in mind when replacing human labour is the amount of downtime that is a necessary part of any machine's life. It may be necessary to have a backup system in case of a crash. For such a vital necessity as an inventory list, this can be crucial for your firm.

While automating a business can certainly help in the growth and prosperity, it should be an on-going process. In this way, potential customers will be return customers once they are engaged.

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