From Inventory to Payroll, Areas Business Owners Are Automating This Year

From invoices and inventory to payroll and email automations, here are some of the ways small business owners optimized their business operations this year.

Business owners turned to automation more than ever to gain back time and grow their businesses in 2022. Automation helped shoulder the burden of many tasks involved in running a business that suffered setbacks with labor shortages and supply chain issues. According to the Square 2022 Future of Commerce report, 72% of retailers use or plan to use automation to decrease staff members’ hands-on time. Of restaurateurs surveyed, 90% agree that increased automation for back-of-house operations will allow staff to focus on more important tasks. From invoices and inventory to payroll and email automations, here are some of the ways small-business owners optimized their business operations this year.

A bird’s-eye view of employee needs
Bluebird Wine & Spirits, based in Accord, New York, is a wine shop focused on natural wines and spirits. Prioritizing the quality of its products has been time-consuming but rewarding for the business. This led the wine shop to automate and outsource some of its functions, such as product photography and payroll.

“I use Square Payroll for multiple businesses,” said Bluebird Wine & Spirits owner Aaron Lefkove. “I have a cafe in Brooklyn that uses Square Payroll. When I first started that place, I was writing paper checks, and I had a spreadsheet that deducted all of the withholdings and everything.” He adds that using a payroll service gives him peace of mind that deductions are calculated properly.

Operating Bluebird Wine & Spirits as well as his Brooklyn-based cafe, Littleneck Outpost, means that Lefkove uses a wide range of products to hire and manage employees. These tools have facilitated a smoother onboarding process and consolidated essential employee information all in one place.

“If I need to look up a W-2, I just open the app and look at the W’s. If someone has a payroll issue, I have it in real time. I have everything that was deducted from their paycheck, all the tips that went into that paycheck, and it takes five minutes to run payroll,” said Lefkove. Employees benefit from saved time and increased transparency as well. They can clock in and out on their phones and see all their hours at a glance. – Read more

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