Entrepreneurs have to wear numerous hats as they try to expand their business. To outsiders, it seems like they must have clones running around handling everything. Every entrepreneur has an inner clone and you can unleash yours by using these five simple tips.
Create A Training Manual
You don’t really have time to spend hours training new employees. Instead, create a detailed training and operations manuals for employees. They’ll learn from the manual instead of you having to step them through every minute detail. It may seem like too much of a time investment right now, but if you hire multiple employees, you’ll save hours on training with each employee.
You actually don’t have to do everything yourself. Hire an employee or outsource repetitive tasks. Tell them what to do and free up your time for more important tasks. After all, someone else could easily handle time consuming data entry while you meet with new clients to land new customers. If you’re just starting out, friends and family might be willing to help temporarily for free or for less than a full-time employee.
Only delegate tasks you trust others to do. For instance, you might not want someone else handling client meetings or social media responses. You don’t want to waste precious time worrying about a job not being done right.
Taking a few minutes to create a strict daily schedule saves you hours later. As long as you remain disciplined and don’t stray from the schedule, you’ll get more done in less time. Set aside time for emails, phone calls, marketing, personal time, accounting and more. The clearer your schedule, the less time you’ll spend distracted or scrambling to multitask.
Be More Social
It may sound counter-productive, but setting aside more time to be social will save you valuable marketing time. The larger network of followers and professional contacts you build, the more people who are marketing your business for you.
You don’t have to spend hours each day for this to be effective. Set aside a few 15 minute increments throughout your day to be active. Before long, you’ll have a priceless group of people happy to handle your marketing for you.
Focus On Your Website
If you don’t have the time to create a website, hire someone to do it for you. A website is a valuable marketing tool that doesn’t take much effort to maintain once it’s built. All you need is a few blog posts per week and an email newsletter. These few things only take an hour or two per week and can even be outsourced. Imagine the time you’ll save on marketing when search engines are bringing new clients to you naturally.
Getting more done without working yourself to the bone isn’t impossible. The key is to work smarter and do things that save you time later. While you might have to work a few 60 hour weeks in the beginning, a little planning and preparation now will quickly reduce that to more manageable hours.
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