Home business automation can be a great time saver.
If the right focus is applied to the right processes, much of your most precious resource can be saved.
Consider the cost of automation as an upfront investment in gaining cumulative waves of time-saved…
- week on week…
- month on month…
- year on year.
Whilst we could probably agree on having a computer fulfil certain roles could be a valuable saving of your time…
…the question would remain:
Which automation processes would make the greatest impact within your home business?
Top most time inefficient tasks to conquer with home business automation
Whilst every task has its place of importance within an average home business day…
the following points are probably amongst the most time consuming and costly (relative to benefit):
1. Email automation for better correspondence management
Interacting with email has got to rank up there with time consuming duties when running a home business.
Although, often piecemeal in nature – taking only a few minutes a time to write, the cumulative effect is a major time drain.
And as we know in both business and real life, every moment counts and could be made profitable.
Here are some of the top email automation time savers, which you could introduce today:
a. Contact form autoresponders
Promptness with email response can make all the difference to success rate when converting enquirers to customers. Use email autoresponder software to ensure you never leave answering contact form enquiries to chance.
b. CRM scheduled emails
One way of wasting huge proportions of your marketing and promotional spend is to generate leads and NOT follow them up.
When running a home business you’ll need to become a master of multitasking in order to keep things on track.
Whilst having the best of intentions to respond to every enquiry, it just isn’t feasible in the real world.
Use CRM scheduled emails to help bump up the interest of prospects into becoming paying customers.
c. Email inbox nudge
How often do you have an urgent item in your inbox and forget to highlight it, star it or flag it?
Losing the thread of an conversation with a clients when running a home business can really dent reputation.
Stay on top of email priorities with email auto-nudge.
d. Email filtering
Organisation is a key pillar to sustaining profitable business communications.
Whether information siloing with websites, or setting up folders for separating out your email correspondences…
Ring fencing like-for-like can help to keep a much more ordered home business operation.
Use email auto filtering for putting incoming email into the correct folder without your intervention.
Keeping your email correspondence thematically grouped helps you ability to find what you’re looking for more easily.
This can save costly blushes with clients when working remotely from home and wanting to demonstrate professionalism.
Automatic email tagging helps you place messages of the same suit together in a place where you should always find them on a search.
Stamp out duplication in your home business processes by saving your most commonly used email types as templates in draft format.
Reinventing the wheel stifles business productivity.
The more times you do something you didn’t have to, the less time you have to do things that could have pushed your plans forward.
Build draft email templates for your most frequented email communications and have them on stand-by to utilise for greater efficiency.
A major time waste and temptation for being distracted as a home business owner (…aside from social media browsing) is SPAM email.
The kind of stuff that if it fell through your letter box at home you’d immediately bin it without a glance.
But consider the inconvenience, annoyance and sometimes frank offence caused by such unsolicited email whilst in your home office.
Automate your spam filter to screen out obvious SPAM email and save yourself the distraction.
From time to time, you may find it useful for many reasons to send out a single email to many recipients in one go.
Having a one-click solution for this, rather than having many repetitive and monotonous actions is far more efficient and less prone to error.
Gain mass marketing ability, without the hassle of repetition by automating your bulk email broadcasts – even straight out of your GMail.
List building & segmentation
Building lists of contacts according to their expressed interests, for example, if prospective customers…
Or according to their products or services offered, when considering home business procurement decisions, …
…can save hours to time.
Not to mention optimised opportunity for successful, more precise solicitation.
Automate the gathering of discrete email lists of business contacts for every purpose.
Quotes and invoicing
Getting paid as a home business relies heavily on being prompt and consistent with paperwork.
Formalities such as sending out quotes and invoices on time – might be low on your priority, but you’ll soon find timeliness in this area heavily influences getting paid on time – if at all.
We’ve learned over the years, if you are timely with stakeholders, them they will tend to be timely with you.
Automate the distribution of your quotes and invoices, plugging in those gaps of lapse.
At what number your home business website appears in the search rankings should be front of mind most days.
As a major avenue for attracting footfall to your enterprise, you’ll want to keep an eye on your internet search visibility.
Rank tracking and traffic analysis give indication how your SEO efforts translate into online reach.
Your virtual ROI.
Compiling SEO reports manually or traipsing through endless Google search pages is a real waste of time, when…
you could simply automate your SEO reporting.
Tracking expenses is critical for claiming exemption from tax departments.
Whilst you can’t get past collecting physical receipts, what you can avoid is the time spent on processing them for bookkeeping purposes.
Automate the management of your home business expenses with smarter software.
Successful business sales is heavily voice dependant and always has been.
The nature of the sales discipline is that you will be met with many a voicemail invitation, on the way to having a successful sale.
Leaving voicemails when campaigning regularly, can be very costly to your home business in time spent.
Why not automate a canned collection of voicemail responses, based on the type of call – allowing for more mission critical time to be spent whilst working from home.
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