Small businesses may have many pressing needs when it comes to their finances, but few solutions are likely to provide the same kind of return on investment as adopting automated workflows and ongoing document management processes.

Exploring all the available options may help entrepreneurs or other small-business executives find new ways of boosting operational efficiency and saving man hours as a result, according to Business.com. Workflows that ferry information where it needs to go, automatically, help ensure nothing is ever lost in that all-too-common game of telephone between even small staffs, and also allow for greater oversight so that decision-makers can see where everything is, who's dealing with it, and what might need to be done next.

A world of options
The good news is that there are a lot of options for setting up these workflows based on any number of needs, so smaller companies will only need to invest in exactly what they require – or could require in the future as they grow and evolve, the report said. Especially when those apps allow for maximum collaboration, companies can put themselves on the right foot when it comes to finding success going forward.

Getting it right
Of course, when adopting automated workflows and document management software, companies have to ensure there is buy-in from all involved, according to Irish Tech News. When everyone from the front desk to the owner's office knows what's at stake and the best practices for ongoing use of these options, it ensures there are no hiccups in the process and that everything is handled to guarantee maximum efficiency. Putting someone in charge of compliance, to check that everything is going as planned on an ongoing basis, is also a great idea at this time.

Of course, executives should also make sure they're carving out time to regularly review how well these processes are working and what will need to be tweaked to keep everything on course. When taking an overarching look at the implementation of these processes, the more information companies have, the better off they will be to alter the course when necessary.