When you’re running an online business, it’s easy to struggle with time because of all the hats you have to wear. Efficiency is key for any successful business. Luckily, there are plenty of tools to help you automate some of the more time-consuming tasks you have to do. This helps ensure you have plenty of time to continue working your ass off to promote business growth.
Here are some tips to help you save time when running your online business:
Get Your Head in the Cloud
Make sure the apps you use to automate your business store everything safely in the cloud and sync with different accounts and devices.
Having an automatic backup of your data means you can worry about more important things, like social media strategy, or what to have for lunch.
Plus, did you know that there is a .cloud domain extension? Well, now you know.
Set Your Payments on Auto-Pilot
Automate your subscriptions so you never have to worry about losing access to the tools you need. Or have to deal with the headache of keeping track of when everything expires.
You know how Netflix auto-renews every month so you don’t have to worry about missing the newest episodes of Stranger Things? The same goes for your domains. The last thing you want is to accidentally let your domain lapse—and have it snapped up by someone else.
At Rebel.com, we let you auto-renew your domain, so you never have to stress about forgetting a deadline again. Well, for your domain, anyway.
Write Everything Down
You know when you have an amazing idea in the middle of the night? And you wake up and… have no idea what it was? When you think of something great or remember something you have to do, write it down right away. This will save you a ton of time trying to think of it again later.
You don’t have to pull out your fountain pen and inkwell (unless you want to). There are tons of tools online that can help you, from Google Docs to Evernote. Keep your files organized so you can easily track them down later.
Sometimes you find inspiration in the strangest places. You may be reading a SubReddit and a comment inspires you to create a new product. How do you know there aren’t other comments or posts in there that will help you in the future? You don’t. So save the link, just in case.
Same goes for things you see on social media or the Internet in general but don’t have enough time to read it at that exact moment.
But you can’t just stuff your browser bookmarks. Use read-it-later apps like Pocket and save everything in one place. You can even tag your links so you never lose them.
Put Everything in Your Calendar. Everything.
Use an online calendar like Google Calendar to keep track of your daily meetings inside and out of work. Managing deadlines is a whole other story. Use digital task management systems for that! You can use Asana or Trello and sync with your phone to manage your to-dos on the go. Remember: if you put absolutely everything in there to start, you never need to worry about if you’re forgetting a meeting or event.
Automate Social Media
Social media marketing can take up a lot of time. Especially if you’re just getting started with your business, you need to be promoting yourself like nuts. You can go crazy if you’re repeating tasks on multiple channels.
Luckily, you can use social media automation tools like SocialOomph, Hootsuite, Buffer or MeetEdgar. They will automatically schedule your posts and help you be heard.
Look For Opportunities to Bundle Services
Managing your online presence doesn’t begin and end with buying a domain. You’ll also have to think about privacy protection, SSL certificates, hosting, a customized professional email and maybe even a website builder.
Not sure what all these things are or how to set them up? No need to stress. Just choose a registrar that takes care of all those things for you. (That’s us. Rebel.com. Nice to meet you.)
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