automated operations

from U.S. Kitchen Incubators - An Industry Snapshot by Econsult Solutions


"Some of the biggest challenges to operating an incubator have to do with the management of a space that is used by multiple individuals throughout the day, requiring separate scheduling, billing, and monitoring. Incubators can reduce these challenges by developing automated systems to lessen the potential for human error, and to cut down the amount of manual labor needed to run the operation. Some incubators have staff scheduling each member individually, collecting checks, and letting users into the building. Others have electronic, fully-automated scheduling and payment, and key card access. Incubator staff should seek out methods to cut down on the need for staff involvement in activities that can be electronic and automated, so that staff time can be used to work with entrepreneurs and to manage the back-end accounting of the operation."