Small business solutions: Automate

Small businesses are at a disadvantage because they don’t have the resources to do as much as large businesses but are still expected to provide the same amount of service and work. That is why it is important to find as many small business solutions as possible to help create efficiency and organization in the office. Automating things can help in this process. It is worth looking into creating and applying systems in your business to save time and money.

How to automate small business

According to Forbes, it is really important for small businesses to create systems to automate processes that are repetitive and don’t need to be done by a person. We all hate busy work, and many of those things we hate to do can be done by a computer. Forbes gives an example of this as an email system where emails are sorted and managed automatically. You no longer have to spend hours looking through your email and determining what is important to get done now and what can get done later. Your email can do that for you. Another great company to use for automating more of your business solutions is Equiinet. Equiinet allows you to streamline your business phone systems and IT solutions. You don’t have to pay someone in the office to answer the phones all the time, and you will be able to answer calls even after hours. You are guaranteed high-quality service for those who are calling your company. You can also avoid having an in-house IT person to monitor company security issues and back up the system every night. Every business wants to ensure daily back-ups are taking place, so there is no fear of losing information or work that has been completed; however, it is also scary loading a lot of personal data on the internet regularly. Fortunately, Equiinet can help protect your business’s personal information stored on the cloud. There are many solutions out there to help you automate your business; you just have to look for them.

The purpose

The reason why getting a system in place is so important is that it helps you to grow your business. If you can spend less time on tasks that can be automated, then you are able to spend a lot more time building up the business. It also helps you avoid mistakes. If you automate systems, you are dealing with a computer that will make fewer mistakes than a human. It may take some time to get into place and to perfect, but ultimately, it will help your business run much more smoothly and will save you time.

5 Tactics to Toughen You Up

Wouldn’t you agree that where you end up professionally is largely based on what you feel you can control, accomplish, and contribute? Said differently, doesn’t your personal belief system help to establish (or demolish) your career path?

A great article by Geoffrey James of inc.com perfectly illustrates 8 Beliefs That Make You More Resilient. As we read that article, we started thinking that even though Geoffrey’s thoughts are spot on, they do not address an area we feel is critically important.

Let’s face it, the workplace can be brutal and if you have set any type of career objectives for yourself, wouldn’t it be helpful to know how to leverage your belief system in order to create tactics to toughen up so you can work towards achieving your targets?

First: Create a daily success / failure list. Not only should you celebrate your successes, but you should evaluate what you did to accomplish them. Were your daily successes accidents or the results of method and discipline? Additionally, truly analyze your failures so you can learn from them. Ask what you could have done differently to affect a different outcome and put action plans into place to ensure you don’t repeat those same mistakes.

Second: Set goals. Real goals. Goals which are measurable and have due dates. Goals that will stretch you and give you a feeling of accomplishment once you obtain them. “Almost” achieving your goals is a failure so write these goals down in a way that indicates you absolutely will obtain them, using phrases like “I will…” Then read those goals daily in order to stay focused.

Third: Create a plan to obtain your goals. I agree with Geoffrey in his statement that “…if I don’t take action, I will fail by default…” ¹. So build an action plan which will identify steps to be taken for you to obtain your goals. And then, simply execute!

Fourth: Always focus on doing the right thing. Napoleon Hill stated: “I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.” ²

Fifth: Be afraid but do it anyway.

John Wayne said “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

Winston Churchill stated “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Theodore Roosevelt declared “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

And our company believes: “Success is just a result. Failure is just a result. Fail as fast as possible so you can learn what not to do.”

Investing in a Lifetime of Success,

Angela Roberts