Chances are, you got into business because you’re passionate about what you do. Whether it’s taking pictures, teaching fitness classes, or selling boutique clothing, it was your dream to hit the pavement and live and breathe what you love. The reality is often sobering.
Instead of spending your day like you thought you would, you probably find yourself on the computer. That can be frustrating for any business owner!
You don’t have to resign yourself to your fate. You can spend less time on the computer by spending less time on business administration with these tips.
Download the Right Software
Downloading the right software can save you tons of time that you would otherwise spend typing on the computer. For example, SOC audits can take a lot of time, not only during the auditing process, but also throughout the year when you’re trying to make sure you’re compliant. SOC 2 and SOC 3 programs can do all the hard work for you.
That’s not all! Antivirus software can run on your computer automatically, password managers can keep you from having to remember your passwords all the time, and accounting software can help you keep track of your income without having to save receipts and enter everything manually.
Create Canned Responses to Common Questions
Many business owners find they spend a ton of time on the computer responding to emails. This is especially true if business is booming. Answering all those emails is important if you want to continue experiencing success, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire afternoon on the computer!
Canned responses can save you a ton of time. All you have to do is identify the questions that get asked the most and create a single response that can be entered with the click of a button.
Automate Everything You Can
Downloading the right software can help you automate some tasks that would otherwise require your full attention, but there are plenty of other things you can automate too including:
- Email newsletters
- Blog posts
- Social media posts
- Scheduling meetings and reminders
- Saving money
Think about what you spend the most time on the computer doing, conduct a quick search online, and you can probably find an app or a downloadable program that will do it for you.
Reach out for Help
It can be difficult to reach out for help, but if you want to spend less time on the computer, it’s something you’re probably going to have to do. Start by asking existing employees to take over one or two of your duties.
You may also want to consider hiring a new employee. Personal assistants and digital marketers are popular with business owners who want to spend less time on the computer.
Don’t resign yourself to spending more time on the computer as your business grows. Get away from your desk and spend more time doing what you love by giving these tips a try!