Even after you’ve created a home-based business, have started freelancing, or are just working on a side project, there are still quite many unproductive activities in your daily schedule.
Defining them, removing yourself from these using automation, and thus freeing more time to focus on the work that only you can do and which can get you ahead in life and in business, should be your next goal on the list.
In the beginning, you might feel a bit of discomfort when you stop doing something you’ve always done. You might also feel like you’re out of control over that aspect of the business. But that’s not true. It’s just new and something out of your comfort zone, but a must on your way to evolving as an entrepreneur.
We live in the era of automation and there are so many tools out there built to help you manage your business better and have more time for yourself too. Most of them were created by people just like you. Who struggled with managing their time and were always busy, but who felt there must be a solution to this.
So, let’s see what exactly you can automate about your work so that you can scale sooner and faster, without being exhausted or having no free time to do other stuff.
1. Social Media Posts.
Social media is an important part of your marketing and branding strategy. It’s about building your following, sharing the content you create, building trust, mentioning offers, and connecting with influencers at the same time, or being found by potential clients due to the value you provide.
But all this is time-consuming. Luckily, there are ways to automate this. You can schedule posts for days or weeks ahead, or even set aside an hour every Sunday to prepare all your posts for the key social media channels and thus save yourself time and distractions during the workweek.
For that, you can use Hootsuite, Buffer, 99 Dollar Social, CoShcedule, and more.
2. Email Marketing.
Whatever your online business is, or whatever it is that you’re trying to achieve in the digital world to turn it into an income stream and do work you care about, building an email list is closely related to it.
The best way to build an audience that is engaged and have direct access to them is by sharing your knowledge with some type of content, and asking for an email address in return so that you can send them even more freebies and show them you know what you’re talking about. But you can automate that too.
You can send a series of emails to new subscribers to build trust without writing each every time. You can automate follow-up emails and reminders, or integrate the provider you choose with your online store and send different emails based on the behavior of the client.
You can check out Infusionsoft, MailChimp, AWeber, ConvertKit, Gumroad, ActiveCampaign, Drip, and many more.
3. Communication with The Team.
If you work with other people, stop exchanging emails and asking unnecessary questions, and have it all in one place.
A platform like Slack gives you all you can wish for. You can categorize everything, organize it, make calls, keep all your files in one place and share them with people, connect it with all other tools you’re using and have your notifications in one dashboard.
4. Scheduling Meetings.
Scheduling appointments might be a big time-waster for you if you try to do it yourself. This includes reaching out to the customer, exchanging multiple emails until you find the date and time that suits you both, and then discussing payment and other details.
What if you could get the same result – a set meeting with a potential client in the near future in an hour convenient for you – without doing all this?
Well, you can. With scheduling tools like Calendly, Asana and Acuity Scheduling all this can be a no-brainer. These allow you to give clients a single link where you’ve shared all your available hours, let them choose one they like, make payment, and even receive reminders before the day.
These are just 4 of the aspects of your business you can automate that will save you time, worries and getting distracted with work you don’t need to be doing.
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