As a business owner you must wear many different hats. You might be the sole employee at your company and do it all yourself, or maybe you are juggling the weight of 4 different departments while outsourcing or hiring for the rest. Either way, time is of the essence when you are an entrepreneur. These time saving tips for entrepreneurs are a great way to minimize you and your employees’ busy work and help you be more productive with what little time you do have.
Many programs offer automations within them to help save time. These could look like automatically sending email or text notifications in response to a specific date coming up. Essentially, automations are a series of steps which occur in the background of a program which relieve you of repeat administrative tasks. A simple way to check if any programs you currently use have automations is to search the name of the program with “automations” and see what options come up.
Integrations involve automations between more than one program. Many programs include integrations with other programs, however there are also programs like Zapier which allow for a wider variety of integrations and specific automations. An example of an integration is a Calendly event creating a Google Calendar event. To see if any of your programs have built in integrations, simply search the names of your program with “integrations” and see what options come up. For ideas on apps which can integrate with one another, check out our blog post.
Templates can save time in a variety of ways, depending on the type of template created. Email templates can save you time by either allowing you to type nothing at all or changing a few key details without having to worry about the filler. Templates can also be created for your proposals, presentations, invoices, and more. This will allow you to focus on specific details while you are doing your day-to-day tasks instead of the design which can be altered less frequently.
Creating a checklist for yourself might seem like it will take more time than its worth. However, having a plan at the beginning of each day can make it easier for you to get into a rhythm with your work. This is because you have relieved yourself of the decisions of what is most important, how to break tasks down, and what tasks must be done before others. You can save even more time with checklists by using a task management system, like ClickUp, which can have recurring tasks with subtasks so you don’t have to keep creating the same checklists over and over again.