Top Tips for Budget Business Office Decoration

Everyone wants to save money. Whether you’re a small startup or a huge corporation, it’s probably something that’s always on your mind.

But is there a difference between ‘budget’ and ‘saving money’? If you’re on a budget, are you really saving money, or are you just buying what you can afford? It’s definitely the latter, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for cheap, nasty goods.

Your office is the working environment where all the magic happens, so it must be up to scratch. It’s not the most important aspect of a business though, so it must be done on a budget. Short of making your own furniture, here’s how to do just that!
1. Combined furnishings

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We live in a wonderful time that’s rife with thousands and thousands of possibilities. For your office, for example, did you know you can buy desks with drawers and storage built-in? The excitement!

And in fact, you can get pretty much combined everything. You can get combined mice and keyboards, combined printers and copiers and combined chairs with footrests. As an added bonus, these combined items are usually cheaper than paying for them separately.

  1. Make sure you set, and stick to, that budget!

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Budget doesn’t have to mean rubbish. The fact of the matter is, if you’re browsing the most expensive section of a site or store, what’re you going to find? Things that are out of your budget.

You can stare longingly at that huge flatscreen TV for your office all you want, but it’s just out of your price range. Don’t despair, however. There are plenty of ways to ensure you stay within budget and still get a quality item.

By using tools like online filters and shopping guides, you can perfectly match the furniture that you need, to your requirements. For example, companies like Office Chairs Only filter their products by ‘under $100’ and ‘under $200’. No matter what you’re buying, as long as you stick to that budget, you’ll get something that’s worth what you’re paying for it.

  1. Art doesn’t have to be expensive

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Far from it! The most expensive pieces of artwork sure can brighten up any office space, but… they’ll cost a bomb. Some would argue that artwork isn’t really necessary, but if chosen well it can inspire and motivate.

Fortunately, there is a solution to have it both ways. Head online, and find a picture that really speaks to you. Now all you need to do is buy a canvas, print it out and stick it on. Or, pay a professional printing store to do that for you.

Budget doesn’t have to mean rubbish. The fact of the matter is, if you’re browsing the most expensive section of a site or store, what’re you going to find? Things that are out of your budget.

You can stare longingly at that huge flatscreen TV for your office all you want, but it’s just out of your price range. Don’t despair, however. There are plenty of ways to ensure you stay within budget and still get a quality item.

By using tools like online filters and shopping guides, you can perfectly match the furniture that you need, to your requirements. For example, companies like Office Chairs Only filter their products by ‘under $100’ and ‘under $200’. No matter what you’re buying, as long as you stick to that budget, you’ll get something that’s worth what you’re paying for it.

  1. Head to an auction

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Auctions are aplenty, especially during the summer seasons. Whether you go on a staff day out or head there yourself, auctions are a good place to get furnishings for a fraction of their true cost.  

As long as you understand the true value of the item, you should be safe here. This way, you won’t overbid and will only pay what the item is worth.

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  1. Ask employees to supply the goods

And finally – is this one a little too cheeky? Probably. But then again, only you know how well your employees will respond. I’m sure they’d be happy to help!

 

Are You Addicted to Work?

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While a lot of us laugh at the though of being a workaholic, for a lot of people, being “addicted to work” isn’t the punchline to a joke. The advances in technology – along with demands of an ever-increasing cost of living – are creating more workaholics than ever before.
The problem is many don’t realize it until their health has been compromised. Infographics such as this – as well as the article accompanying it here serve as excellent wake up calls. I hope you’ll click through and read the article – your health, or that of a workaholic you care about, could be greatly improved by making much-needed changes.

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How The Best Entrepreneurs Make Their Office Spaces Work Harder

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The office environment is unquestionably one of the most important areas of a modern business. It’s the epicenter of productivity, which is why maximizing results from this space should be top of the agenda.

Modern business has progressed at a remarkably rapid rate. As such, there are plenty of evolving ideas that can be incorporated into the contemporary office. The best way to find a winning blueprint is to borrow a few lessons from the professionals that are already achieving great results.

Here are four fantastic tricks to help you on your journey. Embrace them immediately, and you won’t go far wrong.

Better Organization

Without organization, the office space will descend into madness. It might be a silent type of craziness, but it will be hurting your profits badly. If you want to see productivity reach an all-time high, embracing the latest facilities is a must.

Cloud computing can cut down on the need for as much paperwork. This can make life far easier for your employees, especially when collaborating with other staff members. Nonetheless, there is still a need to keep workspaces tidy too.

Ensure that the office spaces are well organized, and it will also encourage staff to organize their conduct. Perfect.

Be Practical

Communication is a key aspect of any business, and you are the key to employing it. Your decisions will have a monumental impact on the entire team. Thinking in a practical sense is crucial.

Essentially, you need to make choices that benefit your team. If presentations play a key role in your daily or weekly tasks, lecterns are essential. Whether it’s communicating with key clients or colleagues, providing staff with the facilities is vital.

Similarly, if your office needs regular communication with other offices, do it. Video conferencing equipment and a suitable space should be considered essential.

 

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Consider Human Needs

Ultimately, your entire business is built to gain maximized profits. Employees are the people that will make that a possibility, which is why you cannot ignore the importance of their human needs.

A happier, motivated staff will produce far greater work. Simple additions like water coolers can make a world of difference to the atmosphere within the office environment. Underestimate their importance at your peril.

Of course, offering staff perks and being a better leader will help too. Essentially, if you go the extra mile for your staff, then they’ll return the favor. And it will bring improved results.

Keep It Safe

Protecting your business premises makes financial sense. But it’s not only those key products that need to be considered. Perhaps the greatest item at your disposal is time. Do not forget it.

Health and safety is a responsibility, but it can also aid your business. A safe, clean workplace will inevitably reduce the risks of germs spreading. With fewer illnesses and sick days, your team will achieve far greater things. Let’s face it; even agency replacements won’t replicate the level of work that your experienced team products.

Besides, you don’t want the guilt or costs of a personal injury claim on your hands.

 

Essential Decorations For Your Business’s Office

So, you’ve bought, leased or rented an office space, and not it’s time to move in – but what’s your first job?

Starting in a new office is arguably just as daunting as buying a new house. Do you attack the carpets first, or wallpaper first? Do you fix the roof first, or sort that leak in the bathroom first? How do you want the bedroom to look? It can all quickly get overwhelming.

And there are similar questions to ask about your business’s office, too. It should be a creative space, a place that promotes fresh thinking and careful thought. A lot of this will be influenced by your choice of decor, so you must get it right.

But what should be on your list? What should be your primary focus? What decorations should you buy first? Here’s how to ensure your office is looking and feeling the best it can be!

Artwork – but not too sterile

They may seem good, but white and black can dent productivity. That’s because they are blank, and don’t promote creativity.

Artwork, on the other hand, can inspire, motivate and fill with awe. Choosing the right painting or drawing can convey a message and propel your employees to work a lot harder. Plus, you’ll look a lot more sophisticated and cultured when you have guests over.

Company achievements

Perhaps your business won an award, or you commissioned a set of award plaques to hand to your employees. Whatever the case, displaying them proudly throughout the office would be a wise move.

This can remind your staff members of their past successes, and inspire them to create more. Everyone likes to be reminded that they did a good job on something. It makes people feel good, and keen to impress again in future.

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By displaying company achievements throughout the office, you gain all these benefits and more.

Thought boards

A thought board is a communal whiteboard that can be used by anyone who works in your office. On this board, people can write suggestions and ideas, things that will make certain jobs, or the running of the company, easy.

This way, when people lack inspiration, they can pay a visit to your thought board to… get some thoughts! Whiteboards are incredibly cheap, and most come with pens too, so you can get started right away. Make sure you place it in an accessible area.

Overall

In short, don’t make the mistake of neglecting decorations and furnishings. The work environment is where we all spend most of our week, so it must be up to scratch.

It will take time, and a lot of money, but you’ll eventually get there. I’d recommend taking your time, and focus on the smaller things first – the bigger picture will come later. If you focus on too much, you’ll do a lot of things poorly instead of one thing well.

So, start with the smaller items and work your way up. Assess the needs of your office, and company – and start with this list to get you going.

 

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How to Design and Manufacture Your Own Office Furniture

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Over the last few years, I’ve been sent a lot of office supplies to test out – including plenty of furniture. Some of it is fantastic, but others can leave me a little cold. It gets me thinking – could I design some furniture, get it built and then sell it as a business? I’m nowhere near that stage yet, but perhaps some of you out there have some great ideas. If so, read on to find out everything I know about creating an office furniture product and selling it on the market.

 

Research

Before getting started on any design aspects, you will need to do a lot of research. Start by jotting down a few of your ideas on paper and then checking online to see if there is anything similar. It’s important that you make your furniture different to anything else on the market – in essence, you have to bring something new to the table. People have to need your furniture, too. If there’s no market for a product, you won’t sell a single unit – it’s that simple. You also need to research the type of materials you need to create your chair –  and the associated costs. Finally, have a look around and find a manufacturing company that can turn your ideas into reality and make contact with them. Look for a firm that specializes in plastic injection moulding or has experience of creating office furniture. It’s good to talk, even at this stage, so that you can get a rough idea of some numbers.

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The design stage

If you have design skills and know your way around CAD software, then you can get started right away. Don’t panic if the DIY route doesn’t suit you, though. Product designers are everywhere these days, and all you need is an excellent brief so they understand what you want. It’s time to start thinking about the design of your furniture, and how it is going to stand out from the crowd. You will need a unique selling point whether it’s for posture, comfort, or even portability.

 

Create a business plan

Once you have a basic design in place, you need to think about drawing up a business plan. It’s going to be key to your efforts, as it will be the first time you consider all the figures and costs. At this point, it’s important to consider the type of product you are offering. Is it high quality? If so, perhaps you will only expect a few sales every month. Using cheaper materials? If so, you should be considering selling a lot of furniture at low prices.  Be realistic about your figures, as if you get them wrong, this whole operation is going to be an expensive mistake.

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Start marketing

Finally, it’s time to start the marketing process. In most cases, you will be better off focusing on marketing to people who can distribute your product, rather than individuals. You need to look at office supplies retailers, for example. This will give you a much better chance of getting the exposure you need to make plenty of sales.

Good luck – and let me know how you get on!

Fatal Start-Up Mistakes to Avoid

Today, starting and running a successful business is easier than ever. Economies all over the world are growing, and modern technology has made the world of business accessible to anyone with the internet and a skill. Things are looking good for entrepreneurs, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that running a business is easy! You obviously want your venture to be a success. In order to do this, you’ll need to make sure you’re avoiding all the pitfalls on your horizon. Here are some of the most common start-up mistakes, and how you can avoid them.

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Firstly, launching your business without a solid plan in place. Out of all the things you can do to prepare for your business, this is the most important. Even if you had ten times the amount of capital you do now, your business will be likely to fail if you’re not planning ahead with it. I assume your end goal is relaxing on a private island somewhere in the Caribbean, and leaving the company in the hands of a few trusted higher-ups. How are you going to get there though? You need to set some feasible and measurable goals for your business, in many different areas. These should cover your online conversions, your profit margins, as well as the launch of new products or services. With every little goal you set, have a strict time you want it completed by. Unfortunately, you won’t meet all of these. If you do, you’ll join a very exclusive demographic! Because of this, you need to keep the plan somewhat flexible, and have back-up plans in place for when things go wrong.

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Another big mistake is skimping out on your marketing. If I were to give one piece of advice to any new business owner, then it would be market yourself more than you have to. Marketing is a fiercely competitive business in itself, with countless firms stepping on each other to get the best clients. It’s also an incredibly fast-paced industry. Had you heard of SEO or social media marketing ten years ago? If you don’t put sufficient work into developing your marketing strategy, then you’ll be swallowed up by your competitors faster than you can imagine. Long before your business starts trading, take some time to develop a killer marketing strategy. Hone in on a very specific target audience, and find unique ways to appeal to that audience. This can take some experimentation and research, but when you know your customer well enough the rest writes itself. In your early days, make sure you’re spreading your marketing out across a few platforms. Try pretty much everything except telemarketing!

Although starting a business takes a certain degree of optimism, being too enthusiastic about your idea is a big mistake. You might have started your business simply to share your passion with the world. However, other people will have other ideas. Whenever you’re briefing employees, marketing to your customers, or pitching to investors, make sure you add a pinch of cynicism to the mix. They’re going to need something from you if you want them to get as excited as you are. If you’re hiring and firing employees at a rate you can’t afford, then pay more attention to your office environment. If sales and customer engagement are low, then run a promotion. If you’re being shot down consistently by other business owners, then refine your pitch to be less about you, and more about what you can do. It’s pretty easy for business owners to get carried away by their own ideas. With every significant step you take, make sure to consider other perspectives.

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Failing to mitigate risks at your business is another big thing which you have to avoid. Every business on earth faces a range of risks. Even corporate giants like Coca-Cola have been at the centre of viral scandals. Start-ups are at even more risk, so make sure you’re doing everything possible to mitigate the risks surrounding your industry.  Every company should have business insurance in some form or another. If you’re running an online store that stores customer information, then you need to make sure this is protected from cyber threats. On the other hand, if you’re running a small physical store, then you’ll need to take steps to prevent good-old-fashioned crime. Find a CCTV system online at SecurityCameraKing.com to reduce threats like this. One of the biggest things you have to watch out for in 2016 is a social media scandal. If just one customer has a bad experience with your business, and they have a large enough following, then you’ll quickly be up to your neck in a PR disaster. You should also look into hiring a good corporate solicitor to help you through any legal troubles you might have. Look into the risks you’re facing right away!

Finally, ignoring criticism. As an entrepreneur myself, I know you better than you might think! Your business is already a global giant in your head, and the idea at the centre of it is the greatest thing to happen since the internet. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; not everyone shares your vision. It’s great to have faith in your business, but ignoring all the criticism you receive is a recipe for disaster. Sure, some people will pick at things which are completely solid. Never assume they’re solid though. If someone tells you you’re targeting the wrong market, then think about how well you fit into your current one. If your product is tacky or too elite to make sales, then talk to your R&D team about the next one. If your brand is forgettable, then consider scrapping it and starting from the drawing board. Asking advice from sheep-like “yes” men feels good, but it won’t keep your business growing!

As you plunge into the world of international business, make sure you keep aware of all these mistakes. If you can make it through your first year without any of them, then you’ll be doing better than countless competitors!

The Advanced Guide to Making Office Life Easier

The life of an entrepreneur is far from easy. They have to get up early, start working before 7 am, and try to get at least a few jobs done. But because they’re at the top of the company they get passed all the most difficult problems. And that means that even when they do have a bit of peace and quiet in the office, things are tough to resolve.

However, when the chaos starts as the day wears on, getting things done becomes more and more difficult. There are constant interruptions, meetings, and new crises. It all adds up to making running an office an all-consuming endeavor. If only it could be easier.

Well, fortunately, it can be. Here we’re going to discuss some of the ways that you can make doing business easier. Of course, it’s not a panacea. But you’re bound to find something that will help grease the wheels, so to speak.

Be Skeptical Of New Office Gadgets And Technology

If you’ve read anything about the business on the internet, you’ll have come across the idea that tech is vital to success. Entrepreneurs are being told that tech is the future of business. All companies will eventually be on the cloud, automating processes using AI and connected to the IoT. It’s a beautiful vision and something that will ultimately come to pass. But we’re not at that promised land just yet. In the meantime, we have to deal with technology that doesn’t work as seamlessly as we’d like. In fact, when it comes to tech today, there’s a lot of friction. Some have gone so far as to claim that it doesn’t make workers any more productive.

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The time spent answering emails and taking calls could be better spent doing work. Until we get bots that can respond to emails for us, it’s a good idea to switch off for a while. Experts like Barry Izsak recommend as much. They say that it’s a good idea to have a bit of time off, first thing in the morning when we focus on priority tasks. After they’re done, and only after they’re done, should you open up the email floodgates.

Make Your To-Do List Realistic

Entrepreneurs tend to be supremely busy people. As a result, many plan out a to-do list in advance of the coming day to make sure they get their work done. But here’s where problems start creeping in. Many to-do lists of entrepreneurs are unrealistic. They’re more like a wish list shopping basket than something that can be achieved in reality. When the to-do list is too long or impossible, entrepreneurs either work too long or get frustrated. Plus, having a very long to-do list means that a lot of entrepreneurs don’t get all their jobs done. That is, they don’t get the jobs done that are most important to the business.

There’s an easy way to change this. Pick three key tasks that you want to complete every day and stick to that. These should be priority tasks: things that actually move the business forwards. Once these are done, that’s when you have some latitude to work on other projects.

 

Stick With A Single Message, And Make It Loud

A lot of entrepreneurs are sophisticated, multi-dimensional people. And for many, this is reflected in their companies. But here’s the problem. This isn’t what the market wants from their businesses. They don’t have to have to trawl through detailed product descriptions to find what they want. And they don’t want to read essays on the company’s branding, vision or range of services. What they want is something that is straightforward and easy to remember.

Thus, even if you are a sophisticated entrepreneur, it’s vital to keep the business simple. One key takeaway message is all that customers need to keep coming back and using your brand. This means making all your advertising across all your platforms consistent. Whether you advertise by mail, through catalogs, online, via SMS or whatever, the marketing should be the same.

 

Outsource What Needs To Be Outsourced

Entrepreneurs like to think that they can do everything themselves, and they don’t need outside help to run their businesses. But business is an ecosystem. And often it’s far more convenient for businesses to use the services of other firms than go it alone.

Concierge services, like those at Skypax, take the hassle out of delivering parcels internationally. And services, like web hosting and cloud computing, mean that you don’t have to do all of your IT in-house.

Of course, the range of outsourcing options is almost limitless. But a good rule of thumb is to choose to outsource the stuff that’s time-consuming that you’re not very good at. What’s more, because you’re dealing with outside companies, you can expect excellent service. Companies want to provide a great service to keep your business. So, more often than not, outsourcing is a win-win.

Be Clear About Your Boundaries In And Out Of The Office

All too often, entrepreneurs learn the hard way about boundaries. They start with an open-door policy, but soon this turns into a kind of managerial anarchy. Every five minutes there is some kind of interruption, meaning that they never get a chance to take a break or resolve a problem. Does this sound like you?

There is a solution, but it requires that you assert yourself. You need to make it clear to your colleagues that you have to have at least half an hour a day undisturbed. And you should make clear when is and when isn’t your family time.

 

Cut Out The Unnecessary Staff Meetings

Staff meetings are a significant drain on the amount of time that your employees have to work on problems. Most entrepreneurs rationalize this by arguing that the business gains more from staff meetings than it loses. But is this true? The evidence right now suggests that many companies are actually wasting time in endless series of office meetings. Surveys suggest that about three-quarters of executives doubt the effectiveness of the meetings they attend. And another two-thirds complained that meetings were simply a waste of time.

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The good news is that a lot of business gurus are now making the argument that office meetings aren’t all that necessary. In fact, some have gone so far as to suggest that companies cut out formal meetings altogether. Many businesses have reverted to spontaneous peer-to-peer meetings. Others just operate open text chat rooms that allow people to communicate with the whole group.

Upgrade The Office Accounting System

Accounting can be heavy on paperwork and heavy on cost. But in the digital age, it needn’t be. Software accounting is one of the fruits of digital technology that you should embrace. Most forward -thinking businesses now use accounting software. It makes accounting far easier than ever before, reduces accounting fees and calculates tax. There are lots of products out there, like MAS 90 and Enterprise. And they all have roughly the same functionality.

But perhaps the most important reason for having great accounting software is the fact that it protects you from audits. You never know when an audit might strike, and so having a clear digital record prevents coming to blows with the taxman. This is more important than it might sound, especially if you have employees. Tax codes are horrendously complicated. And so automating the process offers some much-needed peace of mind.

Invest In VoIP

Most offices are inundated with calls. Phone ring all day long, and it can really play havoc with productivity. But that doesn’t need to be the case with new VoIP systems. For one, these systems mean that you don’t have to integrate a separate traditional phone line into your systems. You can just conduct your business over the internet. That’s one less bill to worry about come the end of the month.

But VoIP also allows you to automate some or all of your phone services. There’s no point having your staff answer the same customer questions over and over again. And so if some questions keep coming up, either address them at the source or use VoIP to do it automatically.

Use Automatic Late-Payment Reminders

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As any small business owner knows, late payment reminders are a hassle. In the old days, companies used to send out reminders by post. And that means higher bills and more office space dedicated to paperwork. Now, though, you don’t have to do it this way. In fact, these days you don’t have to be involved in sending out late reminders at all. Automating the entire process is possible.

 

Hre’s what to do. Look at your accounting software and see if there’s an option to send reminders if payments haven’t been made. Then automate these reminders to send to clients when invoices are upcoming, are a day late, or are a week late. If possible, get the system to tell you automatically when a customer is running very late. That way you’ll know when to call them in person.

 

Automate These 3 Things At Your Business

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When you first started your business, you probably wanted to have a hands-on approach to everything. You may have been the sole employee of the venture, or the person who always keeps things together. Once your company grows enough, you’ll need to drop this approach. You’ll need a way to streamline and automate your business if you want to stay competitive against bigger fish. Here are some important ways to do this.

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First of all, your logistics. Whether you’re a B2B or B2C company, there’s a fair chance that you have a warehouse as part of your whole venture. Just because the customer can’t see into your warehouse doesn’t mean you can go on neglecting it! If you put off automating your warehouse and logistics, you could end up dealing with a lot of costly errors. Right now, leaving it alone may be constricting and limiting your whole operation, so don’t wait around too long! There are many companies such as SSI Schaefer Storage & Distribution that offer gear and solutions for automating warehouse processes. Further training for your management should also be part of the process.

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Marketing analytics is another thing you should really consider automating. This might sound like a fairly trivial part of everything that you do. However, think about it for a second. Consider the time it takes to log in and out of all those accounts before you even touch Google Analytics. It all adds up, whether you like it or not! This is another thing that could be shaved down and made a lot more efficient in your business. Instead of having to hop from page to page, you could streamline all your different analytics into one business dashboard. Companies like Cyfe offer programs which shows you conversion figures from several different monitoring tools. This means you’ll be able to fit your analytics into short, brief periods, and invest more time into other important processes.

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Finally, your customer support. Remember that your customers are the most important people to your business. Without them, your operation could quickly cease to exist! If you’re doing everything as well as your competitors, then your standard of customer service could also be a huge factor in making you stand out from the crowd. Automating customer service can be tough, but there are ways of doing it. You could set up some kind of community to encourage the creation of user-generated content. This will still take some input from you, but you’ll be amazed at how involved some of your customers will get! At the very least, you should be setting up an FAQ and knowledge base on your company website. Remember that no one enjoys going out of their way to get good customer service. If you can make the answers accessible from the start, your customer service will become much more efficient.

There you have just three great ways to automate your business. My final piece of advice; don’t sit around! The more you can automate at your business, the faster you’ll be able to develop other areas.

 

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