5 Ways To Automate Your Business & Free Up More Time

5 ways to automate your business & free up your time! hollycastocreative.com

Reading the book, The 4 Hour Workweek, really changed my way of thinking about productivity and how I was spending my time (read my book review here). 

One of the biggest lessons was that you, as a business owner, need to be spending your time doing the important stuff that you do best, not wasting your time plugging away at simple, time-consuming tasks. The simplest way to put this mindset into practice is to automate as much as possible.

What is automating? It's basically putting an app / software / system into place that will take care of something for you automatically, rather that doing it manually, so that you can free up your time for more important tasks.

Here are 5 things that I have automated in my business, and that you can automate in yours as well!

1. Bookkeeping
I use Quickbooks, which links up with my bank account. All that I have to do is label my transactions, and it will automatically create Profit & Loss reports, so that tax time is a breeze. It also remembers the labels that you've given to previous purchases, which means even less upkeep.

2. FAQ's
I highly recommend setting up an FAQ page, if your business receives a lot of the same questions day after day. Be sure to link people to your FAQ page on your contact page so that they see it before they send that message.

3. Social Media Posts
Scheduling your social media posts ahead of time makes life so much easier. I like to batch-write blog posts, and then schedule the social media posts at the beginning of the week so that I don't have to worry about it!

4. Blog Post Emails
If you use Mailchimp to send out your business newsletters, you can set up an RSS campaign that will send out an email automatically when you publish a post, rather than doing all of that manually each time (no thanks!). 

5. Custom Projects
The biggest tool that I use in terms of automating my business is 17hats. When I started doing custom design work on more of a full-time basis a few months back, I realized that I needed a system in place that would make life easier. I was sending the same types of emails with the same questions and the same contracts all the time. 17hats allows me to create templates for everything, and send them over via email for signatures. It makes my life so much easier and more organized. I'm not the kind of person who likes to use a ton of different systems to organize all of the different aspects of my business; I like to keep it all under the same umbrella. 17hats does that for me. If you do project-based work with clients, I would highly recommend you check it out!

Have you put any automation systems into practice for your business? Let me know in the comments!

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