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Small businesses worldwide are already reaping the benefits of more streamlined operations, safer storage, and faster growth.
The adoption of digital operations is on the rise among small businesses due to economic growth, increased security demands, and the need for quicker access to information for employees and clients in a global marketplace. In fact, less than 24% of small business leaders are planning to continue with paper-based files and processes into the next year.
Digitizing is no longer a nice-to-have option for small business success. It’s a real-world requirement. The coming years will bring a majority of vendors, other small businesses, and customers who expect some level of digitization when interacting with your company. Digital records and workflows are needed to stay competitive, safe, and resilient while meeting the needs of these stakeholders.
Here’s what you need to know about digitization and bringing your small business into the future.
While there are numerous reasons for small businesses to go digital, many owners have two things in mind: increase security and adopt a workplace of the future.
Increase security: From a security perspective, businesses can recognize the benefits of digital records, including:
Paper records are susceptible to loss, damage by flood or fire, or theft. Improper storage of these records increases this risk and further compromises protected information. Unexpected global events and increasingly remote workforces can hinder access and sharing of physical files. When you embrace digitization, you ensure better recovery in the event of a disaster and business continuity for the future.
Adopt a workplace of the future: In a remote and global work world with ever-advancing technology, speed and efficiency are standards. Customers and vendors expect quick access to information when interacting with your company. Remote employees need to maintain productivity regardless of their work environment. By converting to digital, you can find, share, and send files in minutes instead of hours or days.
Digitization also frees up valuable office space previously taken up by paper files. This space can be used for more important business operations or to create a more dynamic environment for a multi-generational workforce.
Whether you’ve been converting to digital records and workflows for quite some time or are just beginning to move away from paper, digitization is an effort that requires both immediate action and long-term strategy. To get the most out of your information and to increase the ROI of going digital, here are five steps to follow on your digitization journey.
There’s no one right way to master digitization because it all depends on the needs and budget of your small business. Using these five steps as a guide ensures that you are taking a holistic approach to digital conversion and putting information management at the forefront.
Small businesses worldwide are already reaping the benefits of more streamlined operations, safer storage, and faster growth. If you have not yet made the switch to digital, consider defining your business goals and see if digitization can help optimize your operations.
Ready to join the digital (r)evolution? Visit our Small Business Basecamp to begin your journey to transformative information management and to get more tips for taking your small business from paper to digital.
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