As a business owner, you’re always looking for ways to stay ahead of the competition. You may have heard about the power of automation and how it can help your business grow. But you may be wondering: is automation really worth it? Here are five reasons why you should empower your workforce with automation. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Automation can help business owners save time and money
When it comes to automation, no-code tools like Zapier offer business owners a lot of bang for their buck. Not only do these tools save time and money, but they also make it possible to automate tasks that would otherwise be very difficult or impossible to do manually.
For example, let’s say you own a small business, and you want to start collecting data about your customers. Normally, this would require a lot of time and effort on your part – you’d need to create a custom form, find a way to collect the data, and then figure out how to store it somewhere. With Zapier, however, all of this can be done automatically. You simply create a Zap (a custom automation recipe) that links your form to a database or spreadsheet, and then Zapier will take care of the rest.
This is just one example of how automation can help business owners save time and money. In general, automation can be used to automate just about anything – from simple tasks like sending email notifications, to more complex tasks like processing payments and managing inventory.
If you empower your workforce with automation skills, then you won’t need to hire expensive developers. Your team know the business better than anyone, so they are ideally positioned to review, improve and automate their processes.
2. Automation allows for consistent quality across all tasks or processes
No-code automation tools like Zapier make it easy to achieve consistent quality across different tasks and processes. With these tools, you can easily connect different applications and automate repetitive tasks. This ensures that your business operations are running smoothly and efficiently.
If you’re looking for a way to streamline your business, automation is the answer because robots don’t forget steps in the process like humans do. Your customers will experience a consistent and reliable service, and you’ll be able to save your team for the tasks which will really make a difference. Many interactions with customers can be automated, and they will appreciate your speedy responses.
Empowering your team with automation saves them for the bespoke communications where a human touch is needed.
3. Automation can improve employee productivity and satisfaction
With no-code automation, can easily create workflows that make employees’ jobs easier. They take away the time-consuming (and often boring!) manual tasks which leads to increased productivity.
When your workforce is able to complete their tasks faster, they will enjoy their job more and be more satisfied in their role. They will feel more valued, knowing that you’re empowering them with the tasks which will really make a difference to the business.
Employees love to learn new skills and learning about automation shows you’re investing in their future and that you trust them to help you grow the business. Employees like to feel involved in the business and this leads to greater job satisfaction as they will understand the bigger picture.
4. Automation leads to increased innovation and creativity
Zapier is a great example of how automation can lead to increased innovation and creativity. Zapier includes templates that have examples of other businesses that have connected the apps that you use. By browsing these pre-built templates your team will spark new ideas for innovative ways to use automation in your business.
Empowering your workforce with automation skills means the dull, repetitive tasks can be performed by robots and the more creative and exciting tasks are saved for the real people in the business.
Some tasks can never be automated, and those are the ones that need a human touch or a brainstorming session.
5. Automation helps businesses stay competitive in the global market
It’s an increasingly competitive world and automation could be the key differentiator between you and your competitors. Automation helps you cut costs and therefore your pricing can remain keen in a crowded market.
If your business operates globally then you’ll always be open for business if robots are taking care of the mundane tasks. They don’t sleep, so no matter where your customers are located, in any time zone, you’ll be responding to them.
Find out more
So, if you’re a business owner and would like to empower your workforce with automation, then these other articles might be useful for you:
- How to empower employees with an automation mindset
- Free checklist to help you justify a learning budget
- How to get started with Zapier
We also have plenty of free stuff you can grab now, or you can buy our founder Kelly Goss’ book for the best way to learn how to use Zapier.
Our free Introduction To Zapier e-book explains the benefits of business process automation, how Zapier fits in and examples of automations for each department within your business.
We have a free cheat sheet with a checklist of Zapier’s inbuilt function which can supercharge your automations.
Kelly Goss’ book, Automate It with Zapier
Kelly’s book, Automate It with Zapier, is available on Amazon. It includes some ready-made templates for various examples so you can get started really quickly.
Check out our automation training programme
And finally, if you’re really keen to transform your business using automation, then visit the Solvaa Automation Academy. Our signature training programme, ‘Simple Automation Blueprint: Zero to Hero’ is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of business process automation from the experts – a sure-fire way to recession-proof your business.
It’s an 8-week blended learning course with on-demand videos, templates, resources and weekly group coaching sessions. And it’s more than just a Zapier course (although we do show you how to use Zapier like a pro) as you’ll learn about Process Mapping, Business Process Improvement and Business Process Management too – principles that can be applied to other areas of business too!
Whether you are a complete novice or have been using Zapier for a while, our programme is for you. It’s perfect for individuals and teams in micro, small and medium-sized businesses, including solopreneurs, consultants and freelancers. You’ll have access to our experts and can participate in live calls where you can ask all your burning questions, as well as hands-on workshops to keep you on track with implementing your new skills. We run regular cohorts so there will be an opportunity for everyone to participate.
Our head trainer, Kelly Goss, is a specialist in business systems, process improvement and automation, and one of less than 100 Zapier Certified Experts in the world. Kelly has many years’ experience in optimising systems and processes, and implementing automations for clients and is now passing on her knowledge to students through our trademarked ‘4-Step Solvaa Automation Methodology®‘.
Find out more via our dedicated Solvaa Automation Academy website.
Read more about how our certified experts use Zapier workflow automations to simplify processes and increase efficiency.
Solvaa is a process and automation consultancy specialising in improving sales, operations and financial administration workflows. We help you to simplify and streamline existing processes, integrate your business tools to make data transfer more efficient and automate manual tasks to increase productivity. We are Zapier Certified Experts, Pipedrive Certified Experts and Xero Certified Advisors.
Contact us today to discuss how Solvaa can help you simplify, improve and automate all aspects of your business with Zapier to save you time, reduce costs and keep you agile as you grow.