Saving time and money operating your online business is a win-win situation. Many entrepreneurs run a one-person show on a shoe-string budget when first starting out. Take steps from day one to save time and money. Automation, organization, streamlining and delegating are excellent ways to maintain and accelerate day to day business tasks.
Automation can be the netpreneur’s best friend.
Content: When it comes to posting content on your website, you can try to find time to post at least twice a week or you can sit down, spend some time uploading a batch of content, then focus on other things while WordPress posts it automatically on the dates and times you selected at setup. It’s often far easier to set aside an afternoon to take care of a month of posting than it is to find the time every other day to do it.
Marketing: You need to get a blog post up, then you need to post on Facebook, send a tweet, yada yada yada. Add a social plugin to your blog setup so that once you post, it is automatically tweeted, posted and otherwise marketed socially on the sites you use. You enter content once, then it is automatically advertised. If you’ve uploaded your posts to go live automatically, the plugin will will take care of the marketing whenever a post is published.
Organize your information in a way that makes sense to you then maintain that setup. Whether you keep a separate folder for every thing that crosses your desk or you group information according to product or website, choose what works for you and use it. The same thing goes for passwords and logins. Keep them in a way that works for you and keep them updated. Don’t forget to keep a backup copy of all information.
When your business reaches the point where you can do so, delegate tasks to others. Outsourcing doesn’t have to be expensive (ex. iwriter, fiverr). You can also purchase plr (private label rights) products (save the time of creating them) and delegate or outsource the customization.
Software is an excellent way to streamline parts of your business. It is far easier to start using software from day one than it is to come back six months later and try to enter all of the information you have accumulated. Consider using software to maintain password and login information, sort and keep products and purchases.
Once you establish a relationship with freelancers, you can also streamline the product/content creation process. For example: you subscribe to a PLR provider to send you content, that content goes straight to the freelancer you hired to customize it, and, once complete, it goes straight to your website or into your product cycle.
Take the time to set your business up in a way that is in your best interest. Automate processes as much as possible. Organize your time and resources, delegate tasks whenever possible, and take advantage of technology to streamline everything. Every bit of time you save is money in your pocket and a step toward success.