Is your business taking over your life?
You never get a chance to switch off and there aren’t enough hours in the day?
There is the saying that gets batted about ‘I’d rather work 80 hours for myself than 40 for someone else’ or similar thoughts but is this really the case?
Remember, time is month and as a business owner it is important that you invest your hours wisely.
So, what are 4 easy ways to buy back time in your business?
1) Time Tracking
The Pareto Principle suggests that 20 % of your tasks will account for 80% of the results.
Time tracking can give you real insight into your activities, workload and where you are REALLY speeding your time. Time tracking software can speed up this process and once you have reviewed this and can really see where your time goes you can make better decisions and reallocate your or your employees’ time.
The benefits of this means review what tasks you actually need to be doing, you can streamline your business, become more efficient and get time back.
2) Outsourcing Work
There are plenty of freelancers and business owners out there that are fantastic at some of the jobs you find time consuming, mundane or maybe it just doesn’t benefit your business to be done by you.
You can outsource many areas of your business, such as;
- General admin
- Inbox/ email management
- Content management
- Social media creation and management
- Branding/graphic design
- Shipping and logistics
- Customer support
- So much more
Outsourcing can be a great option to free up your time to focus on high-value tasks.
Do you repeatedly do the same tedious tasks?
Manually repeating processes?
Good news – the likelihood you can create an automated process in your business to free up your time is high.
Great news! It often doesn’t require an IT genius or expensive software to do it.
Sometimes all you need is an app or online software and a little bit of time to then free up so much more. So look for ways to automate, this could be as simple as creating templates in word or excel, saving regular emails as draft messages, automating and scheduling social media or setting up recurring invoicing and report on Xero.
You may think each of these tasks only takes minutes but you will be surprised how much time you will save, don’t be scared of the technology or think it will replace you it can just save you a lot of time!
4) Systemise Everything
Systems are the foundation of a successful business.
They allow you to outsource, automate, delegate and stay focused on what makes a difference in your business.
You can get time back by following simple systems for every single task that you complete.
Start simple, open a new word or excel and document the steps of each simple task you complete and keep reviewing and adding to them until every task in your business can be completed by someone else without you, then you can start to get your time back.
Plus, it isn’t just about making your life easier and buying back time, it is about setting up a solid foundation for the growth of your business.
With these steps in place, you can have the time to grow your business, relying on the well documented processed to keep everything running smoothly and reach new heights whilst keeping your stress levels in check!
So, tell me, what are you going to do with your extra hours?
Get ahead, get it done.
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