There is no denying that starting a business and building it to a point of being profitable takes a lot of hard work. But somewhere along the line, every successful business owner reaches a tipping point where their time becomes more valuable than a few extra dollars. They reach a stage in their business where they can comfortable afford life’s necessities as well as a few luxuries. But a common problem is that they are working so hard in their business that they don’t have time to enjoy those luxuries. If you are a business owner who has reached this stage, you have two choices – burn out, or find a way to work smarter.
Since you’re reading this article, we suspect that you’re looking for a way to work smarter.
Here are three ways that you can work less and work smarter by putting your business on autopilot in 2016.
You are obviously very talented at growing your business, but you can only grow your business so much if you are regularly bogged down in administrative duties. If you have employees, you can start giving them more responsibility.
Another way to delegate is to outsource the functions that don’t absolutely need to be done by you. Duties like booking keeping, call answering, facilities management etc. can and often should be outsourced to outside firms.
By passing off these responsibilities to someone else, it allows you to focus on what you are truly passionate about.
So much of your business can be automated with technology. If your business is actively engaged in social media, you can use programs like Hootsuite to automate you tweets and Facebook posts.
You can also reply to customers instantly though autoresponders on your email account. Email programs such as Mail Chimp and Constant Contact can be used to sort your customers and prospects and send the appropriate emails at the appropriate times.
One the biggest time wasters is constantly checking your email and voice mail. Yes, you still need to do this but do it at scheduled intervals so that you’re not constantly being drawn away from your core work each time you see that little message pop up in the corner of your screen – better yet, turn those pop ups off so that you are not distracted!
If you’ve finally reached the point in your business where time has become more valuable than extra money – congratulations – 2016 could be a banner year for you! Make it your resolution to work smarter this year, and you just might find that you’ll have both extra time AND money.
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