I know, I know: you (and everyone else) would clone yourself if you could. It seems like there’s just never enough time in the day to get everything done for our small businesses, doesn’t it?
And while science may not have developed a way that we can do more than physically possible, you can, at least, take advantage of these strategies and tools to at least get the same results as cloning.
1. Automate as Much as Possible
Technology is moving at the speed of light these days, and I’ve seen some amazing tools that help you automate tasks like marketing and lead generation. It’s well worth spending a few hours setting up email autoresponders and social media updates to save dozens of hours once the automation takes over. Here are a few of the tasks you can automate:
- Emails sent when people subscribe to your list
- Social media updates
2. Hire the Right Companies to Help
I’m big on delegating work to staff as well as hiring employees when you’ve got more work than you can handle, but there’s another tip you can leverage to get more done. When you partner with the right company, you can scratch a task off of your list and have it done right and done faster.
Take CorpNet as an example. We take the stress of incorporating a business off of our client’s minds by handling it on their behalf. You can do the same with your accounting, legal matters, and payroll. Hiring a company that specializes in that particular service ensures that you get it done correctly.
3. Prioritize Your Tasks
I’m willing to bet you spin your wheels sometimes. What I mean by that is you’re working, but not really being productive. You’ve got a ton to do, but you really don’t know where to start. This wastes a lot of mental energy, not to mention valuable time.
Every morning when you get to your office, review the tasks you have to do today. Then make a list of the top three. Those are the ones you should tackle first, then move on to the less-pressing matters you need to handle.
4. Take Notes on What Others are Doing
One of the best ways to remain efficient when you’re trying to grow a small business is to connect with what others are doing and learning from it. I love hearing about techniques and tools others use to be more productive and trying them out myself. Read blog posts written by other solopreneurs to get ideas that you can incorporate in your business.