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Busywork Sucks — How Automation Can Eliminate Boring Tasks for Entrepreneurs The exhaustion of endless hours grappling with tedious tasks poses a real issue for entrepreneurs. It's time to leverage automation and streamline financial operations for business owners.

By Nick Chandi Edited by Micah Zimmerman

Key Takeaways

  • Adopting automation is not just a technological upgrade; it is a strategic move for entrepreneurs to improve efficiency, competitiveness, and relationships.
  • In an era where agility and precision are paramount, entrepreneurs must consider automation a fundamental tool for staying ahead in competitive markets.
  • The benefits of automation make a compelling case for any small business owner to adopt automation in their finance processes and say goodbye to stressful manual finance tasks.

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As you wrap up a day's hard work, you can't ignore the glaring truth — the manual finance processes you need to finish to end your workday are a real headache for entrepreneurs like yourself. Who has the time or energy for those endless hours wrestling with tedious tasks?

Spending countless hours on repetitive duties is neither productive nor sustainable for you and your team. Whether that includes invoice processing, data entry, or reconciliation, anything repetitive is prone to errors. It consumes valuable time that could be better utilized for strategic decision-making and business growth. However, a way to ease this burden is by saying yes to automation.

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Understanding payment automation

Small business and Business-to-Business (B2B) payment automation means using technology to streamline and optimize financial processes, ranging from invoicing and payment processing to reconciliation and reporting. Automation leverages tools like electronic invoicing, automated approvals, and integrated payment systems to enhance efficiency and improve financial workflows.

Automation: The practical solution

Consider the relief of knowing that keeping on top of finances is no longer a bottleneck for day-to-day operations. The right automation software ensures payment processing accuracy, compliance, and promptness. Your teams can bid farewell to the frustrations of manual errors and the associated costs of rectifying them. Instead, they can focus on fostering stronger relationships with vendors and partners, cultivating an environment of transparency and reliability.

Time savings

Time savings are a significant advantage of automation in payment processing. Surprisingly, seven in ten finance teams (72%) spend up to 10 hours per week on tasks related to accounts payable that could be automated. If you're an entrepreneur, you could spend that time on better projects. This efficiency speeds up the overall process and liberates valuable resources for more strategic tasks.

For entrepreneurs, automated payments remove the need to chase payments, allowing vendors to easily settle bills with a few clicks. This saves time and makes the whole process smoother for businesses and clients.

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Cost savings

Automation in business brings about cost savings by reducing manual errors and streamlining processes. By entrusting routine tasks to software, businesses can redirect human resources to more valuable activities, avoiding the need to train employees for specific roles and sidestepping the complexities of hiring additional staff.

This not only makes operations more efficient but also minimizes the likelihood of expensive mistakes associated with manual handling, such as duplications or calculation errors. Ultimately, the adoption of automation is a smart strategy for optimizing workflows, improving efficiency, and achieving significant cost reductions.

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Improved vendor relationships

Automation helps build strong relationships with vendors by ensuring timely and accurate payments. With improved transparency and reliability, businesses no longer have to chase clients and entrepreneurs for payments. This streamlined process fosters trust and collaboration, strengthening relationships with clients and partners. After all, no client enjoys being repeatedly pursued for payments, and business owners prefer avoiding this repetitive and often uncomfortable task as well.

Reconciliation and reporting

One of the key benefits of automatic reconciliation and reporting is real-time access to financial data. Automated systems continuously update financial information, providing a current and accurate snapshot of the company's financial health. This real-time visibility is instrumental in making informed decisions, allowing stakeholders to promptly assess the company's performance.

Whether it's tracking expenses, monitoring revenue streams, or evaluating budget adherence, the availability of accurate and up-to-date financial data enhances the decision-making process at all levels of the organization.

Data-driven insights

B2B payment automation goes beyond just processing transactions – it generates valuable data insights that empower businesses with informed decision-making capabilities. Through the use of analytics and reporting tools, companies can gain a deep understanding of financial trends and patterns. This wealth of data allows for proactive strategic planning, as businesses can identify areas of efficiency, track performance metrics, and anticipate future financial needs.

Leveraging early-payment discounts

Automation not only makes payment processes smoother but also lets businesses benefit from early-payment discounts. By automating payment schedules and approvals, B2B service providers can ensure timely payments, taking advantage of discounts offered by suppliers with terms like net 15 or net 30 days. This not only saves costs but also strengthens relationships with suppliers.

Related: Slow Payment Options Are Costing Your Business — Here's the Alternatives of the Future

Nick Chandi

Entrepreneur Leadership Network® Contributor

CEO & Co-Founder of Forwardly

Nick Chandi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Forwardly, an award-winning instant payment provider for small businesses in the USA. Forwardly helps businesses get paid and pay bills faster, easier, and for up to 80% less processing fees.

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