Should your supply room and broom closet in your small business also have a few robots ready for work? Well, that might sound funny, but I am not talking about science fiction, I am talking about low cost robots able to help around the office, inventory room, warehouse, and other essential jobs such as customer service, taking orders, and delivering the products on the show room to the end users. Think that reality isn’t here? You bet it is, and you’ll soon have a robot in your small business, at least that’s what many futurists and robotics professors are proclaiming.In fact, there was an interesting article in MIT Technology Review recently titled; “Small Factories Give Baxter the Robot a Cautious Once-Over – Rethink Robotics invented a $22,000 humanoid robot that competes with low-wage worker,” by Antonio Regalado, published on January 16, 2013.Interesting yes? What does this mean, how will it affect our jobs markets and economy you ask? Well, then we don’t need China to do all of our manufacturing anymore will we? Of course, these robots and their parts are probably all going to be made in China, which I am sure some of my readers will find somewhat ironic. Chinese workers will build robots and in doing so work themselves out of jobs, how apropos indeed some angry union workers might think. Of course, those same union workers will then be more concerned with robots stealing their jobs than corporations offshoring them.What about for all of us in the small business world? Ah, yes, it means you will save on ObamaCare health insurance, OSHA regulations, payroll deductions, 401K contributions, employment lawsuits, pensions, etc., which will be a huge additional savings on top of the labor costs saved. Of course, each and every robot will also come with a cost; perhaps lease payments, maintenance costs, and a service contract, just like copy machines, IT systems, and other business equipment.As a former car washing entrepreneur I always wondered how come no one had invented robots that could do hand-washing to supplement the robotic machinery in the average everyday car wash tunnel? Well, now it will be possible and the cost is so low that even an average hourly minimum wage human could be replaced and the business owner would have an immediate ROI or return on investment, well, almost immediate at that $22,000 price tag. Who knows, if it breaks maybe we can also 3-D print the replacement parts, or buy a kit and make it ourselves. The future is coming – I say bring it on!