5 Things You Should Automate To Make Your Life Easier As An Entrepreneur

5 Things You Should Automate To Make Your Life Easier As An Entrepreneur

One of the most used phrases in any business industry is – Time is money. We live in an era where multitasking has become an imperative but juggling many different tasks at once isn't easy. Luckily, there are ways to make your hectic life as an entrepreneur less stressful. Over the last few years, technology has become so advanced that now you have automation tools for almost anything you can think of. Automating and systemising are the keys to running a successful business without burning out. Here are some of the things you should automate in order to make your work (and life) easier.

1. Managing your money.

Handling money transactions is undoubtedly one of the most energy-consuming tasks out there. It can get even more stressful if you run a business. Paying bills, tracking credit and monitoring your financial overwiew are no longer something you have to do manually and on your own. With Mint, you can easily create budgets, track your bills, and manage your finances all in one place. It enables you to track your budgets and see where you're spending your money. You can also keep track of your net worth. And the best thing about it? It's free.

2. Managing and analysing your delivery of services.

As an entrepreneur, how many times have you wished for a platform that will enable you to monitor your workforce and deliver your services to clients while saving costs at the same time? Probably a lot. Well, we have some good news for you. By installing a piece of software like Uniguard you'll manage to do all that in one place. These apps will provide you and your clients with complete data analysis. What's more, aside from monitoring your workforce, they also take care of employees’ safety. Pretty awesome, right?

3. Combine your favourite online services.

Ok, you have automated some the most time-consuming and nerve-racking tasks out there. You've ended up with a number of different applications. What if I tell you that you can combine them all into a single application? That's right. Zapier can integrate over 750 applications that wouldn't normally integrate. It's an easy way to connect all the applications you're currently using into useful automation. With the endless list of possibilities, it is probably the best place to start with efficient automation.

4. Automate your team's schedules.

Running a successful business often requires setting up a lot of meetings. While they may be necessary, you don't have to spend a crazy amount of time setting meeting times. Calendly is an easy calendar system that primarily deals with automatised setting up of the meetings. It can be integrated with other apps like Zapier. Another great thing about Calendly is that it can help coordinate your team's schedules. Instead of countless emails going back-and-forth, each member of the team can have a Calendly calendar set up. That will make the process of coordinating team meeting quick and easy.

5. Posting to Social Media.

When we talk about time-consuming tasks, posting content on Social Media is definitely one of them. Luckily, you don't have to waste any more time doing that. With SmarterQueue all you need to do is to schedule your post once. It will recycle it until you decide otherwise. Like most people, you probably don't want your audience seeing the same post over and over again, but there's more to it than it meets the eye. Due to the social media algorithms, only 5 per cent of your community tops are seeing your posts. You'll need time to set up the posts, but once you do, the app will do the rest.

Time has become the most expensive thing in the world. Most people would agree, especially those who run a successful business. Having to handle too many things at once can leave us feeling exhausted at the end of a long working day. Luckily, many of those energy and time-consuming tasks can be automated. There is a number of applications that can assist us with anything from managing money to scheduling a cleaner. Aside from having all these apps doing the work for you, they can be combined into one. Having that said, we can only come to the conclusion that there's never been a better time for being an entrepreneur.

Outsourcing And Automation: Wave Goodbye To Your Customer Service Woes

Outsourcing And Automation: Wave Goodbye To Your Customer Service Woes

Office Worker On PhoneFor any small business that deals with customers, their service and support standards are the hardest to maintain. With the rest of the business to run, your customers can often go forgotten or the service you give them substandard. Of course, most companies can?t afford a dedicated staff member, in their early days. This means that creative solutions have to be found to get your customers served.

  • Automated Support Desks/Peer Support

For questions that are regularly asked or that are easy to predict, you can solve the problem of customer contact very easily. Using a software solution to build an automated service desk into your site allows your customers to search for their problem. This requires some work to get running, but once it?s up, you can just keep updating it as you get asked new questions. It?s worth the initial set up here, simply to avoid having to answer the same questions over and over again.

You can also set up a peer support system. This is a way for your customers to solve problems together and get answers from each other. Once you?ve built up enough of a customer base, you can have nearly all of your customer services handled this way. To get people interested, use rewards such as discounts to incentivise helping. It might cost you a bit of profit, but it will still be cheaper than hiring someone.

  • Mail And Emails

Par AvionWith a mail forwarding address, you can have your regular correspondence come to you, and your service mail sent to another address. This saves you time sorting through your mail and will give you a specific day each week to sort out your mail. Having a forwarding address will also make you look more professional, as the customers will only see a business address.

With modern technology, you can have your emails handled by an automated system. You will set up the system to recognize various terms so that it can reply to customers with relevant support. If they can?t recognize anything in the email, it will get sent directly to you for sorting. This can eliminate repeat questions altogether, by giving people the answer automatically. For a more personal approach, you can outsource your emails to another company. Similarly to an automated system, any emails that they can?t deal with will be sent back. But, the chance of them not being able to help is much lower than the chance the automated system will fail.

  • Call Handling

Much like your emails, you can have your calls handled by an external organization. Some companies can handle your payments for you so that customers can talk to them about billing issues. You will give them a detailed document outlining your company?s policies. They will use the document to answer the questions they can. Any questions they can?t answer will, unfortunately, come back to you. Despite this, most of the calls you receive can be handled for you, which will save you a great deal of time.

Ultimately, you will still have to do some of the work, but you can greatly reduce your current workload. Simply having a code of practice for your customer service will make a difference, but to go the extra mile, you need to do some research.