Small businesses have created 64 percent of new jobs in the US over the past 15 years. How can they keep doing it? Let us count the ways.
Small businesses don’t need to hire outside companies nearly as much as they used to. With the addition of the cloud, many tasks can now be performed in-house. Here’s a list of services that many small businesses have traditionally hired additional staff or outside companies for but don’t need to any longer:
- Billing and Invoicing
- Search Engine Marketing
- Expense Account Management
- Online Payments
- Customer Scheduling
- Email Marketing
- Office Security
Sadly, Not Everyone Was Allowed To Telecommute
It saves on real estate costs and it boosts productivity, provided you go in with your eyes open. Make sure you aren’t trying to have your warehouse operator telecommute like the train driver above; that wouldn’t work well at all. There are a lot of tasks that can be handled from home though and many good examples of them are in the list under “Da Cloud.”
Try not to think of telecommuting as an all or nothing venture. Encouraging employees to telecommute one day a week, like the employee who takes one day per week for week-end reports. This is a great way to add quality to their work life without having to shell out bonuses for the added work.
Mistakes are Commonplace, Embrace Them
Here are a few choice quotes about making mistakes:
- Mistakes don’t become errors until you refuse to correct them. Anonymous
- Better yet: “I have not failed, I have found 10,000 ways that do not work.” Thomas Edison
It is very important to not be afraid of making mistakes. After all, it’s new to you and everyone else in the room. It will be beautiful once you learn how to work with it (and it’s way easier than you think it is.)
If you run into problems, the internet is full of resources. Keep coming back here to the ComCenter blog, we’ll keep you as up to date as we can. Or you can visit us on Facebook . We’d be happy to carry on the conversation there, unless you decide to call us,of course.
This article is based on an American Express Open Forum article: 10 Ways to Cut Costs and Keep Jobs, which offers some great advice in other areas of saving money while running a successful small business that this blog simply isn’t meant to cover.