Most people don’t understand online automation. They don’t even realize that almost all their cyber-chores can be automated inexpensively. They think that Automation is too expensive and/or meant for larger enterprises. But fact is if any part of your business depends on the internet (And let’s face it, this is 2018. Everything does) chances are automation can save you a lot of time. Whether it’s automatically processing orders, keeping an eye on your competitors or just some cyber-chores.
Disclosure: I own two small businesses and also work as a freelance automation developer. Both of my businesses are highly automated and I’ve helped over 30 clients save more than a combined 100+ hours every day.
It’s hard to explain exactly what can be automated so I’ll instead give you an intuition by giving you a few examples:
Online car rental – One of my clients rented out cars via several online car rental websites. Each day he’d log into each website, browse various pages (Some websites with multiple accounts) and create an Excel spreadsheet of all the cars that have been booked, updated locations of each car etc. This took him about 1-2 hours per day. For $300, he now gets an updated spreadsheet in his Google Drive every 30 minutes with no action required by him.
Form generation – Another SMB client provided legal services. They would access data from an Excel sheet, fill it out on a PDF form then print it and mail it to a government office. He would then track the application online on their website to know the status of the application every day. Now a script automatically reads the Excel sheet, fills and prints out the form and also automatically tracks the status of every application and updates it in another Google Drive sheet.
Competitor watch – Another client had to check their competitor’s e-commerce websites regularly to keep an eye on their prices, this took them about 3-6 hours of work every week. Instead they now have a script that E-Mails them every time a price change is detected on a competitor’s website within 5 minutes of the price change happening.
This should give you an intuition for the kind of things that online automation can do for you. If you have any questions feel free to comment and I’ll try to give you as thorough an answer as possible!
Also if you’d like to work with us on a project or if you have an idea and are not sure if it can be automated, drop us a line.