Small business owners likely know full well that efficiency is everything. From the amount of time it takes to complete everyday tasks to how effectively everyone in an office communicates, the old cliche that time is money really rings true for entrepreneurs. To that end, it can be a good idea to look into how automated workflows can benefit a small company's bottom line on an ongoing basis.

It's not always feasible to expect a wholesale change-over in business operations from fully manual to completely automated, so implementing a transition strategy is probably the best way for owners to start out, according to Forbes. This allows companies to take it slow, let everyone familiarize themselves with various aspects of the automated workflow, and chip away at improving efficiency without a culture shock.

What's important?
Perhaps the most important things to automate when thinking about workflows are the tasks that are time-consuming, repetitive or both. Taking the time to manually input new employee information from various forms into a number of different inward-facing systems can be a slog for HR professionals or others at a company, and if that alone becomes automated, it can save dozens of man hours or more per year. That, in turn, helps companies devote more time to value-added tasks that might otherwise go unaddressed.

Where's the value?
In addition, when obstacles to smooth business operations arise, automated workflows can help ensure decision-makers get to the bottom of those issues as quickly as possible, according to SMB CEO. After all, being able to track ownership of pertinent documents, see who's viewed or edited them, and quickly identify where they live within a company's computer system can help avoid snafus that would otherwise present major problems without those automated workflows in place.

That kind of oversight gives small businesses much greater control over their operations on an ongoing basis and can really help them take big strides as an organization. All it may take to effectively implement these platforms is a little investigation into the available options and how they might be best implemented for a smaller company.