Small business owners ask what will keep their business alive in 2021. Our Answer: A new kind of savvy!
COVID, combined with a new administrative team in the White House brings unprecedented changes and challenges for small business owners. We are expecting new/reinstated regulations and taxation, PLUS we’ve already learned to expect the unexpected as the pandemic plays out.
The savvy business owner, at a minimum, will take these steps to protect their business. And scrimping in these areas will be like buying a cheap umbrella in the middle of a really bad storm!
Up Your Digital Game
Plan NOW to go mobile and find secure, cloud-based tools to make it possible.
Start by identifying all critical functions/tasks that can be performed remotely. Assign those tasks to employees who can work from home and make sure they have the proper tools and training. Don’t forget to put tools in place for employees to 1) get paid; 2) track their hours; 3) access training; 4) and view important company policies.
Starting today, make sure your clients can easily find you online with a website and applicable social media profiles at the very least.
Find ways to trim the fat. Eliminate redundant tasks and streamline all administrative processes by putting the proper tools in place. (A good example here is our integrated payroll and time tracking system that shaves hours off payroll processing time.) Lower costs by reducing routine printing and paper where possible. If your employees have downtime, cross-train them and improve scheduling for maximum production.
Build a Secure Communication Portal for Your Team
Everyone zoomed over to Zoom during the COVID-related lockdowns, but few business owners took security into consideration. Some researchers say Zoom and platforms like it, collect and share data, not unlike Google and Facebook. If you have remote workers, maybe it’s time to consider building a secure communication portal for your team. Discussion forums, file sharing, and even video conferencing tools are available and can be added to your own website.
Ask Questions. Get Answers.
It is not business as usual, and the savvy business owner will expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to Human Resources. It’s likely the downpour of changes to rules and regulations will continue, so instead of relying on Google, it’s time to get help from HR professionals.
Do a Double Take on Security
While it’s definitely time to focus on digital assets and business in the cloud, it’s also time to increase data security. Find solutions that can help keep your data in one place where possible. Use tools such as Carbonite to back up your computers or move to a cloud-based server with maximum security and redundancy already in place. Consider printing your contact list, just in case.
SmartPayroll Solutions Can Help
We would love to help you streamline, become more efficient, and ready to go mobile at the drop of a hat. Please take a look at our Pricing and Features page and then contact us for your free consultation!