Three Secrets Engineers Use To Solve Tough Problems… Can They Work For You? 

When you are faced with a challenge, how do you respond?

Do you wade into the complexity and meet it on its own terms, with a complex solution? Avoid it and procrastinate until you’re forced to throw together a messy solution?

As it happens, complicated problems don’t have to have complicated solutions. There may be simple ways to tackle even the most complex of problems. Just ask engineers.

It bears mentioning that “simple” does not necessarily mean “easy”. Something may be simple, but require a lot of work to execute. But that’s where your advantage can be, and the key starting point to thinking like an engineer.

Your problem-solving muscle is the one muscle you apply across every area of your life. So it makes sense that if you can improve your problem solving, you will feel the effects in every area of your life, too.

There are (at least) three simple principles that help the world’s best engineers solve problems that others think are impossible. The best part is, they are universally applicable: which means, you can use them in any part of your life to improve your results and more readily achieve your goals.

 

1. Is it the problem, or just a symptom?

All engineers start with properly identifying the problem.

Many people mistake the symptom for the problem itself. Then, when they expend a lot of effort to address it, they are exasperated when the problem keeps coming back.

Engineers have a simple moniker for this classic mistake: it’s a “band-aid solution”. The solution is not solving the core problem; it’s only addressing a symptom. The underlying problem is still there.

So how do engineers tell the difference between symptom and core problem? They have a fancy name for it that belies how simple it really is. They call it “root cause analysis”.

But what is root cause analysis, really? It’s simple: just keep asking “why” until you can’t anymore.

Let’s look at an example. Let’s say a factory manager is walking through her factory and spies a puddle on the floor, a safety risk to the factory workers. She orders the assistant factory manager to clean the puddle up. Problem solved, right?

Wrong. She has only addressed the symptom. If the factory manager asks, “Why is this puddle here?”, she would discover that there is a leaky pipe above the puddle. If she asks “why?” again, she would find that the water pressure is set too high. If she asks “why?” again, she would discover that the water pressure valve is broken, and can’t lower the water pressure. Now she has discovered the real, root cause of the problem. When she replaces the water pressure valve, the problem is solved: she can lower the pressure, and there are no more puddles, no more leaky pipes, and no more safety hazard.

In just the same way, when you next encounter a problem, be sure to ask “why”, then ask again. And again, until you are satisfied with the answer. Once you find the root cause of your problem, the actions you take to solve it will be much more effective. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting effort on band-aid solutions.

2. Use first principles thinking.

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City, is known for his extremely ambitious and effective problem solving. When asked about problem solving, he always refers to this one simple principle that he has used to revolutionize multiple industries.

The principle is “first principles thinking”, or what he calls a “physics framework”.

When he was first starting SpaceX in 2002, and began to take his first steps toward sending humans to Mars, he came upon a major challenge. He discovered, to his dismay, that the rockets he needed would cost up to $65 million apiece. He needed a different solution, or his brand new company wasn’t going to work.

So he went back to first principles. “Physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy,” he said in an interview. “So I said, okay, let’s look at the first principles. What is a rocket made of? Aerospace-grade aluminum alloys, plus some titanium, copper, and carbon fiber. Then I asked, what is the value of those materials on the commodity market? It turned out that the materials cost of a rocket was around two percent of the typical price.”

Thus, instead of buying the rocket on the open market, he decided to purchase the materials and build it in-house. This approach is what has rocketed SpaceX to the success it enjoys today.

And within a few years, SpaceX was able to cut the cost of creating a rocket by more than ten times, while actually pushing forward new innovation in the industry.

So the next time you are up against a hairy challenge, break it down into the small elements you know to be true. Then build a solution back up from there.

 

3. Prototype solutions… A lot of them.

Linus Pauling, one of the most prolific and influential chemical engineers of the 20th century, has a saying that is popular among engineers and designers:

 

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

 

The truth is that the best solution to a problem may not be the obvious solution. It may not be in the first 3 ideas you think of. It may not even be in the first 10, or 20. As Pauling’s quote indicates, the best way to ensure you find a good solution to your problem is to brainstorm like crazy.

However, what many people forget is that it’s just as important what you do after you brainstorm all your ideas. How do you choose the best one? How do you know which will work?

The simple answer, which engineers know well, is to prototype.

No, you don’t need access to a 3D printer in order to create prototypes. A prototype is any cheaper and quicker representation of your solution that helps get you closer to understanding the effects it will have. A prototype could take the form of a sketch with pencil and paper and take no more than 30 seconds to produce.

A good prototype will simulate key features of the final solution. For example, let’s say you want to build an app. Instead of starting by hiring an app developer to produce the real thing immediately, you can start by sketching out the screens of your app on a piece of paper. You can even stack them together in order, to simulate the experience your app’s users will have. Then, you can get people you know to interact with your prototype and give you feedback.

The key here is to create many, many iterations of your prototype. Once you get useful feedback, create another version that incorporates what you’ve learned. Test it again. And again.

Once you have gone through several iterations, you will be amazed at the amount of progress you’ve made. You’ll go from a hazy idea of what you want and whether or not it would work, to a concrete model for building your solution in just the right way.

And it works for everything, not just apps. You can prototype a job interview by practicing with friends and mentors. You can prototype a new fitness regimen by playing around with your calendar. Try it the next time you think you’ve found a solution to a problem you’re facing.

 

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15 Proven Methods to Drive Traffic to Your Online Store

The first step to making your online store successful is getting people there in the first place. Then, you can worry about converting them. But first things first!

So how do you go about driving traffic to your store? Here are 15 proven methods, compiled by our friends over at MonsterInsights. Take a read through to get some inspiration for driving traffic to your site.

 

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Tips to Create Forms that Convert in WordPress

Web forms: We all use them. But are you getting the most out of yours?

Whether you’re using them for collecting contact information for new sales leads, signing up potential partners, or getting inquiries about a service, you don’t want your web forms to turn people off. Here’s how you can create forms in WordPress that entice people to convert.

This is an article from our friends over at WP Explorer. Click the link below to read on!

 

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Three Secrets From eCommerce Leaders Will Change The Way You Think. How Do Amazon & Netflix Get It Right?

There’s no more competitive landscape than selling online. So how do some brands grow so quickly, and why do so many others fail?

In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most important strategies and secrets that Netflix and Amazon have used to sell online and dominate their markets.

You’re going to learn how these two powerhouses of online sales use three things—customer obsession, one key insight about retention, and customers themselves—to consistently outperform the competition. Let’s dive in.

 

1. Obsess about the customer

 

“There are many ways to center a business. You can be competitor focused, you can be product focused, you can be technology focused, you can be business model focused, and there are more. But in my view, obsessive customer focus is by far the most protective of Day 1 vitality.” – Jeff Bezos

 

We can all say we’re obsessed with our customers, but what does that really mean? Obviously, Amazon and Netflix take it to a whole new level. Here’s what they mean by customer obsession that you can use in your own business.

Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings, when asked what is the key to Netflix’s success, famously replied: “Consumer science.”

He explained, “Leaders like Steve Jobs have a sense of style and what consumers seek, but I don’t. We need consumer science to get there.”

What he means is that using data, plus a scientific process, can lead you to outstanding results. That means not just listening to what customers say, but actively running experiments to test hypotheses about what will delight customers the most.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon embraces this philosophy as well. saying: “There are many ways to center a business. You can be competitor focused, you can be product focused, you can be technology focused, you can be business model focused, and there are more. But in my view, obsessive customer focus is by far the most protective of Day 1 vitality.”

What can you take away from this? Obsess. About. The customer. And while you should listen to what your customers say, you should also develop and test hypotheses about what will delight them.

 

2. Relevance = retention

One great use of data is for experimentation. But you can also use data to personalize the experience your customers have on your site.

One simple way do this by providing recommendations, as both Amazon and Netflix do so well. The more personalized the recommendation, the more relevant it will feel and the more likely it will be to drive a conversion, a sale, or whatever behavior you’re looking to drive.

Amazon’s recommendations are everywhere, and given the amount of data they have on each of us they can be quite good.

These make it feel like Amazon’s site knows you, and is a huge driver of value. You’ll be less likely to shop elsewhere, for fear of missing out on discovering something great.

Netflix switched early on from a 5-star rating system to a simple thumbs-up thumbs-down system. While a bit simplistic at first glance, this resulted in two things: 1) Ratings more than doubled as a result of simplifying the interaction, so Netflix gets more data; and 2) Netflix was able to implement a “percent match” instead, which is a metric that shows how closely matched something is to you. Netflix’s algorithms behind this are complex, to be sure, but the benefit is more than that, since you’re not looking at a simple aggregation of other people’s ratings. You’re getting what feels like a more tailored recommendation, which makes all the difference.

 

 

3. Let customers do the talking

There are two ways to let customers do the talking: Through product reviews on your site (the Amazon way), and actually getting people to talk to each other about your site (the Netflix way). We’ll start with Amazon.

The genius of on-site reviews is that if they really do come from actual people, they can be incredibly persuasive. 85% of consumers say they trust online product reviews as much as recommendations from friends and family! With verified customer reviews being so effective, you’d be crazy not to use them. But you’d be surprised how many don’t use them properly.

Amazon’s reviews do so well for them because everyone believes they are real. How about on your site? What can you do to improve the authenticity of your reviews? Even if you know they’re real, many people may not trust a site at first blush. One way to hack this is to steal shamelessly from Amazon. Here’s what Amazon’s reviews look like:

That’s from the popular “Inspire Me” Alexa skill that gives a dose of inspiration to thousands every day. Notice the date and location. The actual user account. The “96 people found this helpful”. The fact that it’s so easy to leave a review yourself. You can use these elements to build trust in your reviews.

Then there’s the Netflix way: Getting customers to talk about you socially to their friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, or anyone on the street.

How many times have you had someone ask you, “Do you watch [insert Netflix show here]?” as a way to find a common interest or start a topic of conversation? How many times have you done it?

Netflix shows are designed to be remarkable enough to shock people a bit, to arouse strong emotions of all kinds. The end goal? Getting you to talk about it with others. This was key to Netflix’s success as it shifted from “that company that mails DVDs” to the powerhouse online streaming platform we know today. And you can leverage that same effect in your own site. What can you offer or do that’s so remarkable that people won’t be able to stop talking about it?

 

BONUS: Let people customize their experience

The more people invest in creating value for themselves on your site, the more likely they are to keep coming back again and again. That is why you want to give them the tools to do their planning, thinking, and problem solving right on your site.

Most online selling experts will tell you that online sales works like this: That customers just have a desire to buy, then either will find your site or not, then will either buy or not. The more you can increase the rate of 1) finding and 2) buying, the more successful you’ll be. This simple model can help illustrate things for a bird’s-eye-view on strategy, but it is a vast oversimplification that can really hurt you if you take it too literally.

The reality is that people are impulsive, emotional, and influenced by many, many factors in their buying decisions. There is no single moment when the customer just decides to buy what you sell—it is a progression over time, a decision process that can be nudged this way or that by anything at all. It’s like the Butterfly Effect. This is why the best online sellers insert themselves into this process, to help the customer in their decision making process.

This is where Amazon’s “wish list” feature comes in. They have made a tool to help you decide what to buy! As you’re doing your product research (which 90% of online buyers say they do), you have a place where you can dump your options to access more easily later. Once you make your choice, just hit the “add to cart” button.

Can you spot the secret reason this “wish list” feature is so smart? Because once a customer starts to use it in their decision making process, they have just themselves erected a barrier that will keep them from exiting Amazon to buy on another site. Their options are already in Amazon, so it’s now much easier to just click the Buy button instead of starting the process over again. That is lock-in in action!

Thus, the more people invest in customizing their experience, making their decisions easier, and otherwise investing time on your site, the more likely they will be to stay locked in.

 

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How to Increase Website Traffic: Direct, Search, Referral, and Social

Where are your website visitors coming from?

If you don’t know, it’s going to be very hard to grow. If you do understand your traffic sources, however, you can immediately find some actionable steps to grow your audience and grow your business.

In this helpful article, WPMU Dev’s Martin Aranovitch discusses the four traffic categories—Direct, Search, Referral, and Social—and what they mean for how to focus your marketing efforts.

 

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What It’s Like to Be an Influencer During a Pandemic

We all want to “influence” in some way or other, but being an influencer by trade is a whole different ballgame.

It’s pretty nice, you might think. Exclusive invites, priority services, and early access to products—what’s not to like?

But once the pandemic hit, all that hit the wall. Read on to find out how influencers have adapted to a COVID world, and how the influencer marketing industry stands in today’s market.

 

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Could Micro-Hoarding Derail Your Life?

You may not be a full-on hoarder, but hoarding can still have a big negative impact on your life. Are you a micro-hoarder?

 

First, let’s define what we mean when we say “micro-hoarding”. Then we’ll take a look at why it’s so bad to do it.

You might remember the popular A&E show Hoarders. Whether you’re a big fan of reality TV or not, you’ve probably heard of this show. It’s pretty jarring—at first, it seems like a sick look into the intimate side of people’s tragedies. You’re seeing inside homes so full of stuff it seems impossible to fix or clean out.

Yet, by the end of each episode, the people featured are making progress. Reconnecting with family and friends. On the path to better mental health.

It may not be as extreme, but the situation is the same with micro-hoarding. How do you know whether micro-hoarding is impacting your life? Read on to find out.

 

What is micro-hoarding?

Full-on hoarding is a mental health disorder in its own right, or may be a symptom of another disorder such as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or depression. Here is the clinical definition:

Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. The behavior usually has deleterious effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for a hoarder and family members.

The quantity of the stuff hoarded is usually on a larger scale than other people. And it can have massively bad effects in your life. Many hoarders face a “wake up call” at some point, whether it’s the fire marshal declaring that if you don’t clean up you’ll lose the house; family staging an intervention; or even having Child Protective Services called in over charges of child endangerment. A house with every available surface covered in trash is no safe environment to raise a child.

So if hoarding is the massive accumulation of stuff to your and your family’s emotional, physical, social, financial, and legal detriment—then what is micro-hoarding?

Even if you’re not a full hoarder, you still can have a complicated relationship with the stuff you own. You might over-accumulate one specific item or type of item. It might not have a huge negative impact on your whole life, but it might negatively impact your relationship to that item. That’s micro-hoarding.

Micro-hoarding certainly wouldn’t be considered compulsive or obsessive in the clinical sense, but if your accumulation of something gets large enough, it can still derail you.

Here’s what to watch out for to understand if you are in a micro-version of what happens on the show Hoarders, and if you are, what to do about it to make sure it doesn’t derail your life.

 

How to know if you’re micro-hoarding

Let’s take an example. Let’s say you love to cook. You love it so much that over time, you accumulate so many kitchen implements, pots, and pans that your ability to enjoy cooking is impaired. You have a device for every possible scenario, and each time you cook, you use so many implements that cleanup is a huge hassle. You can’t find that perfect pot when you need it. You have now accumulated so much cooking stuff that you do not enjoy cooking at all anymore. You’ve become a micro-hoarder.

Or it could be books—let’s say you love to read. You keep accumulating books that you’d like to read, to the point that you have so much anxiety deciding what to read next that you end up not reading any books at all. Instead, you read articles like this one on the internet. That’s another example of the things you own starting to own you.

Here’s an important note: Micro-hoarding and collecting are very different. Collectors gain enjoyment out of what they collect, feel pride when explaining it to others, keep their collection organized, and—crucially—budget their time and money devoted to collecting.

Ultimately, you can know if you’re micro-hoarding based on a simple question: Is your accumulation of something impairing your enjoyment of it?

If yes, then you have a micro-hoarding problem. Here’s what to do about it.

 

So you’re a micro-hoarder. Here’s what you can do about it

Ask yourself the following questions to determine the best way to dig yourself out of your micro-hoarding hole:

1) Are you spending money on things that don’t matter to your goals?

What are your long-term goals—paying off debt, starting a business, or saving up for a house, trip, or toy? Where is your money going instead? If you’re spending money on something that isn’t helping you make progress on your true long-term goals, this is an indication of where to start to fix your micro-hoarding problem.

Start with the money. Every time you are about to purchase something to further your micro-hoarding, stage a wake-up call for yourself. Ask yourself: Does this matter to what I really care about? Is this worth postponing or losing out on my long-term goals?

If the answer is no, then the choice should be easy. Don’t spend on stuff that doesn’t help you get where you want to go in life. If you don’t, you will be one step closer to beating your micro-hoarding and being free to live your life.

 

2) Do the things you surround yourself with bring you true happiness consistent with the time, space, and energy they take up?

We’re all aware of Marie Kondo and her revolutionary ideas around the life-changing magic of tidying up. The core of her ideas, and the reason she’s received so much international acclaim, is very simple: If you look around at the objects in your life, hold each one in your hand, ask yourself, “does this spark joy?”, and truly listen to the answer, then you will instantly be on the path to a happier life.

The objects we surround ourselves with are emotionally charged, no matter how small. If we only keep the ones that give us truly positive feelings, then our lives will be better. That’s some life-changing magic. And you can use it to improve your own life.

So try it! Begin analyzing the objects around you through the lens of does this spark joy?—and throw it away or give it away if the answer isn’t a resounding yes.

 

3) Do you have a storage space with stuff you haven’t used in over a year?

We all keep stuff we probably don’t need or won’t use again. Why? Is it because we think we might use it? Or because of the memories it holds? Or maybe it’s just that we wouldn’t know what to do with it if we did try to get rid of it?

Whatever the reason, this stuff is bogging us down mentally and emotionally. Think about that storage space. How does thinking about it make you feel? Not great, right? Vague sense of guilt? Dissatisfaction at paying the monthly fee, if you’re using a storage facility? Same here.

So get rid of it. Commit to freeing yourself from those feelings, and then follow through. Make a plan for when you’re going to go through each item, and decide what to do with it. Don’t be afraid to throw it out—I know it seems scary now, but you’ll be surprised at how light you feel when it’s done.

 

Ultimately, freeing yourself from micro-hoarding isn’t about freeing up physical space. It’s about freeing mental and emotional space to more fully do the things you love, to more fully be with the people you love, and to more fully be your true, authentic self. All this stuff is dragging you down, and smothering the things that bring you real joy. Don’t let it.

Make the commitment today to make each dollar you spend a wake-up call; to start analyzing each object in your life through the lens of sparking joy; and to make a plan to get rid of your stuff and the mental baggage it creates.

Don’t wait. Do it now. You don’t have time to waste.

 

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Need A Summer Mojo Jolt? Try These Forgotten Books

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of summer is getting the time to settle down with a good book. Whether it’s on the beach or wherever, there’s no better time to crack open a book, lose yourself in a story, or learn something to move yourself forward.

I’m excited to present these forgotten books which can not only help you while away the time, but give you that needed boost of mojo at the same time. Read on, because one of these books is totally free! And it might just be the best book in the bunch…

Sometimes you just feel like you’re in a summer slump. No kidding: With a global pandemic raging, you’d be forgiven for feeling down. But there’s a sure way to jolt your mojo while you’ve got a bit of time this summer.

Get your hands on one of these classic books, and I guarantee you’ll feel your mojo returning.

Certain books have stayed favorites through the vagaries of whim and fashion because of something bright and lasting inside them. There are millions of new books published every year—only a few are remembered.

The language, references, and slang may be outdated. But the mojo-feeding wisdom is certainly not. Here are the classic books you should get your hands on this summer to jolt your mojo.

 

Think and Grow Rich

Andrew Carnegie had a secret. He dropped a subtle hint, in his interview with the young business journalist Napoleon Hill, that he knew a little-known magic power of the human mind, a principle which allowed him to accumulate vast personal wealth, power, and prestige.

That young journalist went on to interview over 500 of the most successful men of his time, over 25 years of research, and distill his findings about Carnegie’s secret power in this book. The result? The best-selling motivational book of all time, the very definition of “oldie but goodie”—guaranteed to help you find your mojo again.

Think and Grow Rich on Amazon

 

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Nobody likes to be criticized. Everyone wants to be liked. This book by Dale Carnegie is your blueprint for using this simple rule of human psychology (and others like it) in your favor. And the best part is, there are opportunities to do this in every situation in life.

The set of principles put forth in this book, which is really a field-guide to dealing with your fellow humans (and doing it well), are as time-tested as anything. There’s no way you can read through this and fail to get some of that precious mojo back.

How to Win Friends and Influence People on Amazon

 

Thoughts to Build On

Find yourself drowning in responsibilities without enough time to do them? Constantly in a state of frustration and bad-temper because of it, or because of the people around you? If that’s you, this classic by M. R. Kopmeyer is the cure you’ve been waiting for.

Reading through this book is like hypnotizing yourself to achieve success in your life. You’ll learn how to say no to unnecessary responsibilities. You’ll understand that a bad temper is far worse than bad luck. And much more.

And the best part? You can read it for free, right here! Read Thoughts to Build On free.

Thoughts to Build On on Amazon

 

Books like these can make a real difference in your life. Don’t believe me? Just read some of the comments on Amazon!

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How to Know it’s Time to Automate Something in Your Business

As your business grows, the workload increases and things that need to be done over and over again also increase. The amount of data that your team is managing continues to increase as well. This translates to more work. It is not enough that your company’s growth trajectory is on the up, but now you have a new problem; the work that never seemed like much when you had a handful of customers now takes an incredible amount of time for your team to get done.

Rather than hiring more people, you can use tools like Zapier to automate parts of your business, saving time and money, as well as ensuring mistake-free work. 

If you’re evaluating whether it’s time to start automating, here are some things to consider:

 

1. You have repetitive and (or) scheduled tasks

99% of businesses will have repetitive tasks to do every time a new client signs up, fills in a form, or gets to a particular stage in their customer life cycle. When you realize that there is a repetitive task that keeps happening, it is a sign that you need to consider automating it.

In addition, when you have a task scheduled to happen once every week, month or year, automate it.  

 

2. You would rather do something else

Some tasks can be outrightly boring. You look at them and think:

“Should I hire someone to do this?”

“Can someone save me?”

“I would rather count passing cars by the roadside than keep doing this”

If you are getting anything near the questions above, it is a sign that the task needs to be delegated. However, delegating it does not necessarily mean hiring a new person to do it. 

It could also mean finding out if there are software that can perform the tasks automatically.

 

3. App to app information transfers

We all know that feeling. You are looking at a lengthy Excel sheet with data that needs to be copied into a software the company uses. If you have this scenario at all, before beginning to copy and paste the data cell by cell, ask yourself, “can I do this faster without actually doing it?”

Transferring information from one application to another is time consuming and boring especially when you have to do it more than once. It is a sign that you are in need of automation.

 

4. Poor team communication

Are there communication breakdowns in your team? It could be that your team is overwhelmed with work and mundane tasks that take away their communication opportunities.

A team that does not communicate is bad for business. They are not exchanging ideas, brainstorming on problems and solutions for the company. It’s a sign that you need to find out what is eating into their time and how you can automate it. This will reduce their workload and create time for communications and follow-ups.

 

5. Employee working overtime leading to burnouts

Are your employees always tired or working overtime? Their increased workload is causing them to have longer working days. 

We know that burned out employees are not any good. Their productivity is low.

It is time for you to interrogate the situation. Find out what tasks from their increased workload can be automated to increase their productivity levels, cut down on overtime and give them more resting hours.

 

7. Rising costs in running your business

When your company’s running costs are on the rise, there is a high chance that;

  • People are taking longer times doing repetitive tasks which take their focus away from more important work leading to cost overruns.
  • You are hiring more people to deal with increasing process tasks due to more work.
  • More mistakes are being made leading to time and money spent fixing them.

The 3 chances above are signs that you need to automate entire workflows to cut down on mistakes, personnel, and entire departments. Instead of rising costs, you will turn the boat around to rising profits instead.

 

This is a guest post by Ian Mutuli at Luhhu HQ.