You might think that, as the boss, your business can’t function without you. Many new business owners burn out within the first year because they don’t take a single day off, convinced that their fledgling startup can’t survive without their presence. It’s going to take a long time before you’re willing to take a step back from your company – even though the reason you went into business for yourself was so you could have more time off – so here are a few ways technology can help you slowly ease off by working from home a few days a week.
1. Generate Invoices
Whether your business provides services for clients, or you have employees who get paid by the hour, you need to stay on top of your finances for tax and budget reasons. You can ease the headache this process may incite by putting all the necessary information into a paycheck stub online; this will help you keep track of salary information, taxes paid, overtime pay and more, and it takes less than two minutes to complete.
Thanks to emails, texts, and instant messaging apps, keeping in touch with your colleagues is now instant, and more effective than ever. Use software such as Slack, Hipchat, or Campfire to instantly pass work updates to your colleagues, share files, start conversations for group projects, and automate tasks. This is quicker than typing an email and waiting for the recipient to type one back.
3. Operate Customer Services
These days, most people do their shopping online so it shouldn’t make a difference whether you work from an office or from the comfort of your sofa. There are many ways technology can help you succeed with your online retail business, but one thing that it has significantly improved is customer services. Customers can provide the best feedback, but only if they can contact your directly. In your company website, include your email address, or links to your social media pages, so your customers can instantly get in touch with you to discuss your products, the efficiency of your website, and the quality of your service. Not only can you display the positive testimony on your website to attract more customers, but you can also use their feedback to fix any faults and improve your services.
You’re not the only one who could benefit from working at home. If you encourage telecommuting, your employees could save money on commuting to and from work, on professional suits to wear every day, and on food to eat during their breaks. Not to mention the effects it will have on their mood, as studies have shown commuters have a lower life satisfaction, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters. If enough employees take the option to telecommute to work, then employers can also benefit by moving to a smaller office building. Why spend the majority of your budget on a large building when you can easily conduct your business from a small office?