Two employees from a small business creating manual quotes for customers, which are error prone and losing the business money as they are not using Quotewerks.

Why Creating Quotes Manually Is Costing Your Business Time And Money

In the drive towards increased efficiency and time savings in business processes, an often-overlooked area is the process of creating, issuing, and managing quotes. Despite the widespread adoption of automated processes in other areas, many IT businesses still depend on manual quotes sent by email.

This can be resource-intensive, error-prone, and ultimately costly in terms of lost sales revenues and opportunities.

In this article, we will explore why manually creating quotes may be costing your business time and money and what you can do about it.

1. Time-Consuming Process:

Creating quotes manually can eat a significant amount of productive time out of your salespeople’s day. Your employees may need to spend time sifting through data, input information manually into spreadsheets and formatting documents into branded PDFs ready to send. Automating your quoting process can streamline these tasks and enable your employees to focus on more important revenue-generating activities.

2. Errors And Inconsistencies:

When creating quotes manually, the chance of errors and inconsistencies are high, because human error is more likely to occur when entering repetitive data, performing calculations, and manually creating documents. These mistakes can lead to incorrect price formulas, data entry errors, embarrassing typos, and a poor customer experience. At the same time, errors and inconsistencies can also create confusion and misunderstandings between employees involved in the process, slowing down your sales cycle and sparking friction within your team.

3. Inefficiency And Productivity Loss:

Manual quoting processes require significant effort and attention to detail, reducing employee productivity and increasing sales costs. Inefficient processes not only waste time but can also lead to a decline in the quality of work, which can hurt your business’s reputation. With processes in place to automate quote creation, you can minimise inefficiencies and maximise the value of the process.

4. Delayed Responses:

When customers request a quote, they expect a swift (these days extremely swift) response. If your business takes more than a couple of hours to respond, it could result in lost sales or decreased customer satisfaction. Manual quote creation is simply not optimised for the high pace demands of the digital economy, as it places constant pressure on salespeople to juggle other tasks and competing priorities, leading to inevitable delays. Automated quote generation can help your business capitalise on opportunities and respond to customer requests more quickly and efficiently.

5. Reduced Scalability:

As the volume of quote demands increases, manually creating each quote becomes increasingly difficult and time-consuming, creating a sales bottleneck in which promising leads quickly go cold. This makes it difficult or impossible for your business to handle spikes in quote requests, severely limiting growth opportunities. Automated systems can help you scale your quote creation process in step with demand, allowing your business to take on more customers and drive revenue growth opportunities – all without hiring more salespeople or administrators.

The Solution For IT Businesses: QuoteWerks CPQ

QuoteWerks CPQ is a powerful Configure Price Quote software solution for IT businesses, allowing sales teams to quickly generate accurate quotes and proposals while reducing costly errors. QuoteWerks seamlessly integrates with a variety of CRMs, streamlining the sales process and freeing up valuable time for service providers to deliver exceptional service to their clients. With its user-friendly interface and robust features, QuoteWerks CPQ is the ideal efficiency solution for overstretched IT sales teams.

To find out more about QuoteWerks and the benefits of using a CPQ through Quintadena, please book a free consultation with one of our specialists today.

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