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Do you feel overwhelmed with tasks that seem to grow magically as you tick items off your to-do list? You are not alone! If you are a start-up or small business owner on your path to growth and achieving your entrepreneurial goals, chances are you do have to wear different hats at different times to keep the cogs moving. Here a few tech hacks that can make that journey smoother and potentially free up much needed downtime for you to rejuvenate and indulge in your treasured leisure activities:
Social Media Management- if you are like most business owners, you often hear everyone tell you how important it is to engage your audience by posting content regularly. While some people enjoy this, others find it overwhelming and struggle to keep up. As a result, social media handles for your business might lack consistency in frequency of posts with prolonged gaps without content delivery. Worry not, there are a few tools online that can help you create engaging content and even schedule when and on which platforms you can simultaneously post content. Some of the more readily available tools include Hootsuite, Buffer, Sprout Social, Social Pilot, etc. Check them out and see which one’s best suite your business needs. Some of them offer basic tools free and more advanced tools for a monthly subscription.
Data Management- If you are actively meeting new prospects and reaching out to potential customers across multiple channels, it can be a bit challenging to keep track of what was sent to who and at which stage in your pipeline a potential prospect or customer is at any point in time. If not properly managed, potential customers can be lost along the line and existing customer can be left unattended leading to dissatisfaction and possible loss of business. There are CRM’s (Customer relationship management) tools out there that can help you manage contacts, email campaigns, and all other interactions with prospects and customers. Some of the more budget friendly one’s includes Zoho, HubSpot, Pipedrive, Capsule, etc. they offer a single platform with a dashboard to manage and schedule all interactions with your prospects and customers. The dashboards available on these platforms offer reports that give you useful insights to manage relationships with your customers.
Virtual Assistance- this is a term vaguely understood by many business owners. Some often think of virtual assistants as online bots that can automate some tasks for your business. While these exists, what we are referring to here are companies that can offer your business access to a pool of virtual assistants with competencies in different disciplines like marketing, finance, social media management, Sales, etc. This is suitable for start-ups and SME’s with limited budget to hire full-time teams. Companies like Fitch Technologies offer access to a pool of over 200 certified virtual assistants with solutions for all budgets. They offer time packets that small businesses can access to cover all back office and admin tasks and clients only pay for hours spent on their tasks.
Presentations- Don’t we all need them last minute? That client you have been chasing for ages finally calls you in for meeting last minute and you do not have a presentation ready. Here are some tools you can use to quickly make a professional presentation that puts your business in the right light; FlowVella, Keynote, Canva, Visme, Beautiful.ai, Slidebean, Haiku Deck, etc.
Planners & Calendars- seems like a no-brainer yet can be effective productivity tools if we make it a habit to use Calendars and Note apps on our smart phones. Instead of fretting over missing an appointment or forgetting to complete an important task, learn the habit of taking notes and setting reminders on your phone calendar in real time as the need arises. This will give you peace of mind and free up your brain power for more useful assignments.
Sleep- Yes Sleep! Not exactly a tech hack but it is an incredibly underappreciated business tool we all often neglect at our detriment. If sleep-related economic loses were a business, it would be the sixth-largest business in the US! Sleep is among the most critical factors for peak performance, memory, productivity and immune function! You would agree with us that these are essential ingredients for business success. Put a good plan in place to establish a good sleep routine, your health and your business will thank you for it.
Hope you found these hacks helpful. Learn more about how we can support your business at https://www.fitchtechnologies.com/