Running a business from home has so many moving pieces that it often feels more stressful than being at a traditional office, doesn’t it?
That being said, stay-at-home solopreneurs and freelancers can’t afford to get bogged down with mundane tasks. As the old saying goes, time is money.
This is especially true when you’re dealing with mundane tasks that go beyond your billable hours such as tedious marketing or bookkeeping. Therefore, anything you can do to streamline your business and save time is a major plus, right?
We’ve outlined four actionable tips to help you get more done and save time at your home-based business. The best part about this list is that the majority of these tools require little more than planning ahead versus an investment of your cash.
Now, where do you start?
Get the Right Tech Tools
Modern small business owners thrive on productivity apps and platforms to help them focus. That said, some of the most important aspects of keeping yourself on task involve putting pieces of your business on autopilot. For example, consider the following time-saving tech tools such as…
- Password manager autofill: while jumping from account to account and app to app, having your accounts autofill information will keep you from digging through emails and wasting time to get down to business
- Social schedules tools: by scheduling your content and social posts in advance, you can recycle your Tweets or Facebook content rather than slaving away at social media in real-time
- Email autoresponders: rather than have to respond to every little query, setting up autoresponders to take care of mundane messages is a major time-saver
Hire a Virtual Assistant
On a similar note, you can also hire someone on the cheap to help you out with some of those aforementioned tasks if they’re eating too much into your time. Platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr are great places to look for cost-effective VA’s. Even though you’re likely trying to keep your budget in check, bear in mind that you can often set up a payment plan or schedule that only requires them to work for a few hours a week.
Food Delivery and Pickup
If you’re worried about your well-being or waistline, you can’t ignore your diet as a solopreneur. That being said, it’s easy to let healthy eating fall to the wayside when you’re stuck at your desk or don’t have time to cook a proper meal.
As a result, you might consider a food delivery service or a grocery store pick-up option. Amazon and Wal-Mart are currently piloting both of these services in many cities across the country for the sake of convenience. Such services can help you save time in the grocery store and order the same shopping cart over and over. While it may not seem like much time saved, it adds up in the big picture.
Mix Work and Play
On a similar note, it’s difficult to find time for a gym session or jog when you’re on the daily grind. If your smartphone supports bluetooth speakers, consider how you can listen to industry podcasts, audiobooks or text-to-speech emails and content while you’re doing other tasks. Doing so may not be the most fun in the world, the ability to double-dip work and play can ensure that you’re spending your time as efficiently as possible.
Saving time doesn’t mean sacrificing your sanity or bottom line as a business owner. Any of these tips are totally fair game for solopreneurs looking to provide themselves with more hours to live life by their own terms versus stressing out about work.