Let's face it, there are simply not enough hours in the day for a small business owner.
Problems always seem to pop up at the worst possible times, in fact it’s rare five minutes will go by without something urgent demanding your attention. In such a fast-paced world, it can be easy to lose focus on what really matters…growing your business.
Luckily, we're here to help. We’ve put together seven of the best stress relieving, time saving, and sometimes downright genius life hacks for small business owners.
Are you looking to make your life easier? Do you need to free up time to focus on the bigger picture? Read on…
1. Get your head in the cloud
Not literally, of course; we're talking about cloud-based productivity solutions.
Storing files in the cloud makes it possible for anyone in your business to access information from anywhere, on any device.
Meanwhile, online project management tools make delivering to deadline a breeze, time tracking software will help you understand productivity in your business, and moving your accounting into the digital realm will save you hours of administration.
2. Streamline your social
Australians spend almost 1.7 hours of every day on Facebook alone , meaning being socially savvy is a must for all business owners.
To streamline your social, there are a number of online solutions which let you schedule posts across multiple social networks from the one place, saving you endless hours of clicking through tabs.
Plus, email marketing platforms let you automate entire customer journeys with automatic email scheduling.
3. Turn off notifications
It's all too easy to get distracted when your phone is constantly buzzing.
Turn off all unnecessary notifications like Facebook, Twitter updates and sports scores, and fight the urge to check your phone every thirty seconds.
You'll be amazed at how much your productivity will increase.
4. The two-minute rule
Implement a new rule when it comes to your work; tackle anything which can be done in two minutes or less, immediately.
Whether it's quickly replying to an email or booking in a meeting, this will free up time - and headspace - to concentrate on big ticket items.
5. 30 minute meetings
Meaningless meetings are one of the biggest timewasters in modern work life.
Send them packing in your business by limiting meetings to a maximum of half an hour. Make sure the meeting organiser sets an agenda, and only invites people who actually need to be there.
6. Get a second screen
Simply adding a second screen to your desk can be a cost effective way to increase productivity.
Review documents side by side, keep your calendar visible at all times and put an end to endlessly scrolling through windows to find the right one.
Before long you'll wonder how you ever managed without one…or two.
7. Invest in some binder clips
Last but certainly not least, here’s a simple and fun DIY office hack we reckon could top them all.
Yes, we’re talking about the humble binder clip… From organising your cables to fixing a broken keyboard or creating a handy phone stand, these things can do anything!
Better still, they’re cheap as chips.
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