Technology can be scary but it doesn’t need to be if it can help save you time, money and resources.
No matter what industry you’re in, you are in the technology business these days. Utilising the correct technology can make or break any business and choosing the correct time to implement is daunting, to say the least. On top of that, many business owners are afraid to rock the boat when it comes to getting employee and team buy-in.
Automating outdated manual processes can seem like an impossible task, because business cannot come to a halt while new systems are implemented, no matter how detrimental those manual processes have become.
We all know about that one shameful excel document that half of our business runs on.
In today’s climate, businesses like Saleboat have taken this fear into account and mitigated implementation headaches by automating the implementation process. Gone are the days of 3-month long, tiered implementation plans. Your entire team can now be up and running and selling again within a few hours.
It may feel like you are giving up control of a portion of your business by automating processes and that can be daunting - we get it.
The way to approach new software is to:
1. Look at new tech in person
We’re not talking about a brick-and-mortar store here, but rather scheduling a demo with prospective new software and system providers to see how to interact with the software and if you feel it will be a good fit for your business process.
No matter how big or small, simple or complex your questions may be, asking them at the beginning of your discussions will greatly benefit you in the long run.
2. Speak to other business owners
Within your industry or even your office park, there are businesses who are doing things a little differently and it is always helpful to see how other businesses are operating and how that could be adapted for you and your team.
3. Search for solutions to your pain points
The internet is full of answers to your questions and it is vital that you see what sorts of solutions exist before committing to the first one you find.
4. Compare pricing
A wide range of solutions comes with an even wider range of prices and you need to make sure you pick the right solution for your purposes.
5. Start a trial
If the solutions you are investigating have a trial account option, opt for that. You are much more likely to choose a system that suits your needs and resolves your pain points if you can use it in your business and apply your business process without having to commit financially until you are certain.
All of this is to say that if you are uncertain about new technology at the beginning of your journey, gather as much information as you can to make informed decisions that are best for your business model and your team.
At Saleboat, when it comes to sales management, we are of the opinion that informed people are the best people. If you're looking into new sales management tools to help your team navigate their days effectively and you don't know where to begin, let's get talking about your particular needs to make sure you find the correct fit.
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