Guest Column | July 30, 2014

4 Tips For Avoiding Professional Growing Pains With Automation

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Avoid Business Growing Pains With Automation

By Geoff McQueen, Founder and CEO, AffinityLive.

Is your professional business growing? Great! You’re in very good company. While the professional service sector makes up only 12 percent of the U.S. economy, it is responsible for almost one in four new jobs being created in this recovery — so stand proud you’re doing your part twice over!

Of course, we all know growth can come with growing pains. The way you used to work when you were smaller probably doesn’t work now, and if you’re smart you’re probably looking at ways to use technology to help handle your expanding client list, projects, and, most of all, your team. One of the most popular technologies to help manage a growing professional service business is known as professional service automation, or PSA, which can give you a single place to manage all of your clients, sales, projects, and time billing for all of your team.

As someone who’s helped thousands of people through this transition in their business, I’ve learned a thing or two about what works, and what doesn't in helping your professional business grow. Here are the most common mistakes professional services business make when implementing a PSA and my advice on how to overcome the growing pains so that your PSA can help you work smarter, not harder.

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