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5 Tools to Make Your Business More Efficient

5 Tools to Make Your Business More Efficient

Solopreneurs: 5 Tools to Make Your Business More Efficient

By Courtney Rosenfeld

 

As a solopreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Not only are you the talent, but you’re also the CEO, the bookkeeper, marketer, and the IT pro — among many other things! There may never be enough time in the day to accomplish everything you want, but that doesn’t mean you have to run yourself ragged in the process. With tools like these, you can streamline your business so you have more time to focus on the job you came to do.

Time Management Tools

No one makes you punch a clock when you’re a solopreneur, but if you can’t stick to a consistent schedule and stay focused, you’ll struggle to get things done. A time-tracking tool is a great way to keep yourself accountable and avoid wasting time on low-priority tasks. You’ll also find time-tracking apps like Harvest and Toggl useful if you need to bill hours to clients.

A Powerful Smartphone

Solopreneurs don’t necessarily need a business cell phone. If you want a dedicated business line, you can set up a free number using GooglDoc1e Voice and forward calls to your phone. You do, however, need reliable cell phone service with a plan that doesn’t leave you counting every megabyte. When choosing a phone and plan, remember that you’ll be using your smartphone for more than texting and calling; you’ll be sending invoices, updating social media pages, and emailing clients on the go, among other business tasks. If you don’t opt for an unlimited plan, which can help you eliminate overage charges, at least buy more data than you think you need.

Online Booking

As a solopreneur, you don’t have time to make dozens of phone calls to schedule appointments and give reminders. If you’re running an appointment-based business like a salon, massage studio, or tutoring service, use an online booking tool so customers can schedule and pay for appointments online based on your availability. Look for a booking app that sends automated reminders and lets clients choose how they’d like to hear from you, whether via email or text.

Social Media Management Tools

Social media isn’t just for friends and family; it’s also a powerful tool for business. As a solopreneur, social media may even be one of the primary ways that you market yourself. However, social media is only effective if you’re engaging your followers with share-worthy content and responsive support. Since you can’t be glued to your social media accounts 24/7 and be a productive entrepreneur, use a social media management tool to schedule posts and track mentions across all your social media accounts. Hootsuite and Buffer are two of the most popular social media management tools, but there are a few other options worth considering.

Bookkeeping Apps

Bookkeeping used to be a tedious, time-consuming task unless you invested in expensive software packages that were outside the budget of many solopreneurs. However, with new cloud-based accounting and bookkeeping tools, it’s cheaper and easier than ever for entrepreneurs to maintain their books.

 

While cloud-based accounting tools are great for recording financial transactions, they’re not a substitute for the expertise of a reliable accounting professional. Businesses of any size still need to consult with an accountant regarding tax laws as they pertain to small businesses. An accounting service can also help you learn the ins and outs of accounting tools like Quickbooks and Xero so you’re confident you’re using them correctly.

 

At some point, the many hats you wear as a solopreneur will become more than you can handle alone — and that’s a good thing! More work means more revenue for your business, but it also means less time for other important tasks. By investing in tools like these, you can keep running your business as a one-man or one-woman show without sacrificing quality and service.

 

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