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The Technology That Can Cut Your Overheads and Improve Your Turnover

By Rizwan Ahmad - 31 December 2013 No Comments
In business terms, most technology can be described as some form of 'force multiplier'. What this means is that it can be used in order to increase a team's output of work, without necessarily requiring them to work longer hours or work harder. What it essentially does is to take the amount of effort they put in, and then to magnify that thus resulting in a better outcome.

Perhaps the simplest example of technology-as-force-multiplier is the hammer. Without a hammer someone could work incredibly hard all day and only just manage to drive home a nail. With a hammer however, they could drive in hundreds of nails and still have energy left over.

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Technology That Can Cut Your Overheads
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Of course every business involved in construction already uses hammers, and most organisations use many more advanced forms of technology to get more work done – from computers, to printers, to fax machines and more.

But to get ahead and to really increase output while reducing overheads, a business needs to be on the lookout for the latest and most effective force multipliers. Be an early adopter and there are all kinds of ways you can cut overheads and increase profits. Here are some examples…

Kiosks
If your business is in the commercial sector and you have a store of some kind, then you may be able to save money and increase turnover by using self-service kiosks. Essentially these will allow your customers to scan their own items and serve themselves, which means you can increase your turnover without having to hire more staff. At the same time this will mean shorter queues for your buyers which will improve customer service. The purchase of the kiosks and the costs of maintenance will more than pay for themselves over time.

Employee Time Clocks
A time clock is a smart investment for any business that can help you to ensure you pay your staff fairly but at the same time don't end up paying for hours they haven't worked. Better yet, smarter timeclocks of today can do the maths and the filing for you so that you don't have to spend hours adding up hours to work out what you owe. And don't think that timeclocks only apply to traditional office-based jobs either – software these days can allow you to log hours even when staff are working out of office on a freelance basis.

Video Conferencing Set-Ups
One of the biggest expenses for many businesses is the costs of travelling which affect companies that have to attend business meetings in particular. If you want to reduce your traveling costs then while still being able to work with international clients and business partners, try using video conferencing set-ups in order to meet with people without having to leave the office.

Virtual Assistants
If you have odd jobs that need doing, then it may be that someone on the internet can help you with them very cheaply. The job of a virtual assistant is essentially whatever you want it to be – as long as they don't need specialist skills and they can work remotely you can get them to book venues, to contact clients, to do market research and much more for a very good rate. This way you can ensure your key staff have more time to focus on the core elements of your business while at the same time greatly increasing your reach and your effectiveness.

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Custom Software
If you want to find a way to speed up your workflow, then all you need to do is to identify an element of your job that you repeat often, and then to replace that with an automated service. A great example is a CMS (Content Management System) for a website. Regularly you might have to format and upload articles to your website, so with a CMS you create a service that can do all that for you – all you need to do is to paste the content into a box and click 'upload'.

Content Management though is fairly commonplace. Depending on the nature of your business you're likely to have a number of highly specific jobs you and your staff perform regularly, which is why custom software is so beneficial. Find the parts of your job that can be handled by a machine, then get someone to write some code so that it is.

Get all this right and eventually your business can run itself while you sit back and enjoy the results…
 Nancy Baker
About the Author:

Today’s guest author, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Global Time Systems, which offers time card machines & recorders. She enjoys writing about her experiences and ideas and also likes to blog about the latest fashion trends in her free time. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.

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