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Small Business Hacks to Help Boost Sales and Productivity

Productivity is critical for any small business. Large firms have whole departments for different functions and have the luxury of moving at a slower pace due to their size and established nature. Small firms, on the other hand, have no such luxury. Small businesses must look for every opportunity to improve sales and productivity.

Here are a few ways small business owners can do just that.

Small Business Hacks to Help Boost Sales and Productivity

Giant Post of Productivity: Marketing, Operations, and More

I write about productivity on other blogs, and occasionally here, and wanted to share with you some of the best productivity resources and tips I’ve found for managing your time, no matter what area of your small business you’re working on.

Giant Post of Productivity: Marketing, Operations, and More

Manage Your Marketing Minutes

Especially if you’re not a marketer by trade like I am, you need to maximize the time you spend on marketing tasks. If you feel drained by sitting down several times a week to write blog content, block off a chunk of time and knock several of them out at once. I also like scheduling them several weeks out so I don’t have to worry about filling the blog bucket each week.

And while it might seem counterintuitive to better productivity, writing more can actually make it easier to get flowing when you need to write content. I also like to keep a list of blog topics handy so I don’t waste brain energy coming up with one when I need to use that energy to write.

Creating a Digitized Workforce

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a movement that empowers workers through the acceptance of personal electronics and devices in the workforce.

Creating a Digitized Workforce

There are numerous benefits of adopting a culture of BYOD:

  • Workers are comfortable with their own devices (which aids in lowering the learning curve)
  • Workers are able to access work-related documents at their leisure (without the need to physically be in office)
  • Costs for equipping the workforce is dramatically reduced (since the hardware–and sometimes software–is present due to the workers)

In this short article, I would like to take you through some of the preliminary ways you can create a digitized workforce and tap into all these wonderful benefits of BYOD.

3 Tools You Need Right this Second For Your Small Business

Those of us working in small business wear many hats and work long hours to do it all. Now, more  than ever, there are variety of free or almost free tools that allow small businesses to do even more by  working smarter while you continue to work hard. Below are some of my favorites that have made the  biggest impact on my business and the business of my clients. What would you add to the list?

3 Tools You Need Right this Second For Your Small Business

1. Yesware: Ever wonder if someone is lying when they tell you, Oh, I never received your email ?

You know you can track emails using an email service provider (ESP), but if your small business  doesn’t have one, or you don’t use it to send communication to freelancers or agencies, you are  left wondering if your email is openedeggmarketingpr.com/blog.unless you install Yesware, a Gmail plug-in that tracks  emails sent through Gmail. Although Yesware is marketed towards sales professionals, anyone  in a small business can get the same value from knowing if and when an email is opened.

6 Steps To A More Organized Business

I don’t know about you, but I like being organized. And whenever I find a new tool or trick that helps me be organized, I shout it from the rooftops!  Now is the perfect time to start the new year with a clean and organized business.

6 Steps To A More Organized Business

#1. Make Your Files Sharable and Accessible

Long ago, I realized that files housed on my computer were a waste of time. I’d send a client a word processing document, and they’d send back the same with changes. But then it got hard to keep up with which revision was the newest one. Can you relate?

Automate Your Business and Free Up Your Life!

Let’s face it: there’s not enough time in the day to do everything we small business owners should to successfully grow our companies. We need to be marketing our business, paying our bills, keeping in contact with customers, and, oh yea, delivering whatever our products or services are. It’s a physical impossibility to get it all done! At least it’s impossible if we do everything manually.

I’m incredibly thankful that there are so many tools and apps out there to help us automate processes. Then it seems (nearly!) possible to get all those tasks done  and  have time at the end of the day for a relaxing cup of tea.

Automate Your Business and Free Up Your Life!

1. Automate Your Invoices

If you bill the same amount to clients each month, eliminate the unnecessary legwork and automate the process.  QuickBooks Online offers packages that include automated invoicing. With this feature, you can send invoices without ever even looking at them, or you can require the system to ping you before it sends your invoices so you can review them. Either way, you’re saving time on a rote activity you do every month.

Online Tools For The Self-Employed

Being a home-based freelancer or managing your self-employed small business at home requires you to manage several tasks at once. If you’re a writer or designer, you don’t only do one job. You are also expected to negotiate well, communicate on time, track your productivity, and even issue an invoice for your service. Fortunately, there are available tools online that can help you manage your workload better. Here are some applications and programs that will aid in you in thriving to be better in the competitive world of freelancing.

Online Tools For The Self-Employed

For File Storage

One of the best things that ever happened to file-saving is the development of online storage. It has now become convenient to save data and access them from anywhere you are. If you work through different devices or don’t use the same desktop at all times, it is important to get a tool that allows you to do this.  SkyDrive, for example, features a 25-GB disc space and allows you to access your files somewhere else. There is also the Dropbox, which likewise offers online storage and sharing. The simplest you can make use of is GoogleDocs. It is a free tool that offers the basic features you need in working with tables and texts, and it can be edited and shared by several people.

Are You Wasting Time Running in Circles?

I just read “4 ways to stop being so busy” by  Laura Vanderkam on CBSNews.com. She’s got some great examples of how we all waste time at work and how that keeps us from maximizing our productivity, and I wanted…
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