These days, many aspects of small business management can be put on autopilot, allowing small business owners to spend more time doing things that only they can do. It can be scary to let go of the wheel and let things handle themselves to begin with, but it usually pays off big in the end. The key is to remember that, even with auto pilot, you still set the course, and you are still on the plane keeping an eye on things. You just free up your hands to do other things while the grunt work is being done.
Of course, you could hire someone to do this for you, but in some cases you can still set this part of your business to fly on its own, at least a lot of it, without hiring someone else. If you are able to write qualified, useful status updates, Tweets, and more that do the job of growing your business, take advantage of the ability to write several at once and schedule them to post into the future. Facebook offers this capability, and sites such as Hootsuite allow you to do this for many social media sites all in one place.
There are several programs and websites that will allow you to streamline your email campaign process, making it pretty much seamless after the initial set up. Save formats, mail lists, and easily link back to your website to get the most out of your newsletters.
There is no end to the number of financial programs available that will allow you to automate invoicing, bill pay, payroll, and even general accounting procedures. These processes take a huge amount of time, and knowing that money is coming, going, and being recorded exactly as it needs to be all on its own is a load off.
Staying on top of online reviews about your business is becoming more important by the minute. It is tedious and time consuming to comb through site after site in an effort to catch reviews and respond in a timely manner, and for every one you catch, you are likely missing one. Sites such as Mention.com, Notify, Komando, and Social Mention can notify you each time your business is mentioned, allowing you to stay in the know and respond as needed, without having to actually search out the reviews yourself.
Keeping tabs on customer contact information, visits, phone calls, order history, etc., can all be done via standard spread sheet programs such as Excel, but you have to enter it all yourself. A high quality CRM program can automate this process so you only to have to pull the report and act on the information.
Automating many of your business management practices can free you up to grow your business in other ways. To do this, you will likely need financing, and Biz2Credit can help with that. Our lender network offers small business financing to a broad range of borrowers. Visit Biz2Credit.com today to get started.