Every entrepreneur has days when they wish they could do more in less time. While cloning yourself would be ideal, science just hasn’t come quite that far yet. Luckily, the right productivity tools are almost as good. Investing just a few hours learning how to use them helps save you valuable hours later on.
If you’re trying to market yourself, you probably already know how time consuming social media is. Save time by using Hootsuite. Connect and manage multiple social networking accounts in one place. You can reply to posts, schedule new posts and see everything in one easy to use interface. Try out the free account and you’ll quickly see how valuable it is.
You don’t need to be a tech genius to use IFTTT. This powerful online tool automates numerous tasks for you. You build If This, Then That recipes that automate tasks such as updating social media, entering data into spreadsheets and replying to new email subscribers. It’s easy to use and within minutes, you’ll have recipes that save you hours each week. PCMag has an excellent article with 101 Best IFTTT Recipes for you to copy and use.
Accounting is a pain and often takes hours, especially if you have employees. Wave Accounting’s online software makes this task much easier. It does the heavy lifting with only minimal effort required from you. You save time and your finances stay in great shape. Business News Daily called Wave Accounting the Best Free Accounting Software for Small Business.
You probably already have this tool, but not having to travel to meet with clients saves valuable time each week. Schedule video chats to save time driving to different places. Skype is easy to use, plus you can keep all your contacts in one place. You can even do group meetings quickly and easily. I do believe though that many other alternatives are available such as Google Hangouts and the new Mozilla platform Firefox Hello.
Need a task done quickly, but don’t have the time? Fiverr could be your new best friend. Get IT support, a logo for your site, social media posts and pretty much anything else you might need for just $5. The site offers up simple tasks from thousands of sellers to help make your life easier without making any long term commitments. I have used Fiverr successfully for several graphics design projects.
Stop spending hours trying to find blog ideas or monitoring what others are saying about your business. Set up Google Alerts and instantly receive notifications about the topics most relevant to you. Imagine how much time you’ll save on research so you can focus more on running your business. I use this to monitor my business brand and my clients brand.
Why waste time trying to create legal documents and contracts when Legal Zoom is right at your fingertips? You can get legal help online and ensure your business contracts don’t have any loopholes.
Keeping track of all your projects, to-do lists and employee progress is time consuming. Trello is not only free, but a visual way to keep track of all your tasks in one place. It even sends out notifications so you never miss anything. Everyone on your team can use it or keep it to yourself as you personal project management clone.
Quickly track all of your contacts with Nimble’s powerful CRM software. It manages all of your contacts, social mentions, emails, notes, meetings and more in one easy to use interface. In just a single day, you’ll save hours on trying to keep track of clients and potential clients.
Until you actually can clone yourself, give these free and affordable tools a try. You might just have some down time by the end of the day.