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Automating Your Business: Don’t Be Afraid of a Few Robots

WeGoLook is facilitating automation by displacing multiple vendors and providing reports to businesses in almost real time.

“The power of technology has had a positive impact on all aspects of our lives, and the tremendous value it delivers in the workplace has been no different."  --  Abdul Jaleel, Vice President, People Resources India, Adobe

Historically, there has been a love/hate relationship in terms of bringing digital technology and automation into the workplace. 

Workers fear that parts of their job can be replaced, or eliminated completely, by robots. 

While there may have been a lack of understanding in utilizing automation to enhance and streamline work processes, a new mindset is finally emerging. 

Businesses now understand how automation can not only complement day-to-day operations, but also help employees be far more productive. 

 

WeGoLook: The Gig Economy and Automation

WeGoLook, in fact, is facilitating automation by displacing multiple vendors and providing reports to businesses in almost real time. This in turn allows them to make decisions quicker -- 67% faster, in fact.

Gig workers are now available on-demand through digital platforms like WeGoLook, and they can be dispatched at a moment’s notice to conduct a variety of tasks that are critical to your business.

Technology is replacing the middleman, and our enterprise clients are taking notice. No longer do you need multiple vendors in your supply chain. You simply can plug into automation services, like WeGoLook, to improve business processes and facilitate worker placement.

The question now becomes how to take advantage of technology and automate business practices to free up workers; ultimately becoming more efficient.

 

People and Machine - Working Together

According to a report entitled The Future of Work compiled by Adobe, 89% of those surveyed view automation in business as a positive step forward.

Understanding that automation can increase productivity and keep production costs low is beginning to catch on. More time can be spent on quality control, customer satisfaction and running other areas of the business, while "robot production" is taking place.

According to an article by Salesforce, only 2.5% of employees can effectively multi-task. Piling additional work on an already threadbare staff is neither productive nor efficient. 

Typically, hiring additional staff is not necessarily a cost-effective solution either. 

However, taking a look at where automation can take over helps businesses save time, money, and keep employee morale higher. 

Take a lesson from highly successful and productive small business leaders. According to one study, for the last two years 79% of companies have already been using automation to keep improve efficiency and keep overhead costs low.

 

Areas of Automation

Incorporating automation into your business can transform several areas of day-to-day processes. 

Automating online processes, for example, can expedite billing, payments, or e-signatures on contracts or other corporate documents. 

Transportation is also an industry ripe for automation disruption. The future will see automated mass transit and self-driving vehicles.

In the manufacturing field, incorporating automation keeps costs down and production high because there is less wasted capacity.

Robotic production and artificial intelligence can keep the costs of packaging and labor to a minimum, as well. In fact, robot production orders have increased by 34% in North America over the course of last year. 

Keeping production costs down allows your business to reduce the need for layoffs and prevent the need to shift production to offshore plants to seek lower costs. 

Lowering costs and increasing productivity makes for a more competitive business advantage both locally and globally.

Automating shared files via a cloud-based platform allows anyone access to documents on-demand.

Taking further advantage of cloud-based automation is using CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software. 

This software keeps track of customer data, contact information and other relevant customer information. It's no wonder that up to 97% of B2B companies are already using some type of automated CRM software.

According to Inc.com, additional ways to bring automation into your business include marketing and social media management. This automation gives your staff access to potential leads and social media hot trending topics. 

It's possible to automate emails or send newsletters to customers who opt-in to join a mailing list. 

 

Benefits of Automation

Another attractive reason to automate your business come in the form of tax benefits. 

Revisions made to the Small Business Jobs Act (section 179) have doubled tax write-offs for new automated equipment to the tune of $500,000. The write-off cap on the purchase of automated equipment has even increased to $2 million.

 

Using Automation for Human Resources

One of the biggest areas of automation is the way it can streamline the human resources or recruiting function of a business. Instead of traditional means of advertising and hiring employees, automation can deliver a one-stop-shop, if you will, for securing top talent. 

By using platforms such as TopTal, Upwork or WeGoLook, it's possible to find professional talent to plug into your business processes at a moment’s notice. It's also possible to perform highly-focused searches from the pool of available candidates.

These searches zero in on extremely qualified candidates who match your position requirements and geographical location. This alone can shave days or weeks off the time and effort it takes to fill an available position.

By using automation or third-party services to screen potential candidates, it frees up your staff to focus on other projects and keep on top of other priorities. 

Using gig worker platforms like WeGoLook or Upwork also gives a small business the control to hire during spikes in the workload or a simple one-off project. It gives your business the option to hire staff as needed and on-demand. 

According to a report by Industry Week, you can expect to see a skilled worker shortage over the next five years. As baby boomers are retiring at a fast pace, robot production can fill those gaps left open by a lack of skilled labor. 

From the tax benefits to increased productivity to boosting employee morale, automating your business just makes good business sense.