A Simple Guide To Streamlining Your Business Processes


Streamlining your business processes is a necessary factor in ensuring that your employees, as well as your clients, are happy with the performance of the company and that your available resources are being used appropriately. This article will provide a general outline of what you, as a business owner, can do to to change your practices and run your company more efficiently with tools, such as virtual data rooms, and the practice of outsourcing certain projects.

Thoroughly Evaluate Your Current Processes

The best way to really understand what is eating up your time and finances with regards to your business is by having a good look at your current processes. Your employees are only as efficient as the rules placed around them and their roles, so consider scheduling regular meetings where you and your team can map out these processes, uncover any issues within them that might be making employee’s work more time consuming than necessary, and consider any alternatives you might have available to you.

It’s important to dive into the evaluation with great detail so that when it comes time to change these practices you will have an intricate plan prepared for implementation that is seamless and won’t affect your day to day operations.

Rebuild These Processes

Once you have sat down with your team for a few sessions, thoroughly mapped out your current processes and uncovered any problems or difficulties within them, then it’s time to rebuild these processes. While it might seem fitting, as a business owner, to do this on your own, having the employees that are involved in these processes on a daily basis are an asset when it comes to recognizing what will work better going forward and what will make their role less time-consuming.

Implement these changes in stages so that you are better able to see when something may or may not be working and remove it or progress with it sooner, rather than later. Each stage of analysis and implementation will get you closer to a process that is smoother and less of a burden on your business’s resources.

Reduce As Much Paper As Possible

If your business is generating a fair amount of paperwork it is important to ask yourself and your employees what the purpose of it is and what value it adds to your processes. If there is no tangible reason as to why physical documents are being created, then its time to execute change. Begin by converting all your documents and folders into digital copies so that they are easily accessible from employee’s computers and then be sure to store them on a secure online platform, such as a data room. By using this type of software rather than generic document sharing services, you can rest assured that all your information is stored securely after upload and can be efficiently organized and shared for a variety of transactions. 

Hire Contractors

           An easy way to save on a bit of your overall budget is to use contractors for different temporary projects. Rather than hiring new full-time employees to revamp your social media pages or redesign your main website—a role that might not be necessary all year round—find some contracted talent to help you whenever you do need these momentary projects completed. Not only will this save you money by not adding an entirely new salaried employee to your team, but you will also avoid the confusion that might arise if two employees are doing the job of one. The projects worked on can also be stored and shared in your secure virtual data room so that your contractors can work remotely and your employees can access the data whenever necessary. Cut down on a bloated team and really determine if every role is worth the resources being used to support them.

Create A Comprehensive Website

Confused or inquisitive customers are a common reason as to why your current processes might not be running as effectively as you hope they would. You might have a few employees that are stuck answering phone calls from irate or perplexed clients, spending less time on other aspects of their role in order to answer questions that should be readily available on your company’s website. In order to reduce the volume of client calls, consider redesigning your website to showcase an FAQ page or adding more detail to the overview of your business and its services.

Your clients should be able to visit your site and leave with less questions than they entered with, left only to decide whether or not they want to partner with your company. Don’t underestimate the importance of an aesthetically pleasing and clutter-free website—it can determine the overall efficiency of the rest of your business processes.