As the adage goes, “Time is money.” This is particularly true if you’re running a small enterprise or working freelance — having to handle all aspects of the business from office management, winning new clients and producing quality output likely means you’re looking for ways to streamline your business processes and become more efficient.
Fortunately, technology is available to make many business management processes simpler and quicker. Here are some of the ways you can outsource time-consuming activities to digital innovations by streamlining the process.
Simplify Your Business Processes Before The Hustle Gets Hard
Office management: add an intelligent personal assistant to the team
When you’re the sole employer of a business, you may find yourself spending more time than you’d want to handling logistics and managing your office. As such, investing in an intelligent personal assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa can save you time. Although a human personal assistant will be greatly beneficial also, by linking your assistant up to your Amazon account, you can re-order office supplies and other necessary stock instantly. Simply ask Alexa to purchase the item when you realize you’re running low, and use her to arrange meetings.
Business development: get contact email addresses instantly
Unless you’ve got the budget to attend networking events and conferences every week, it can sometimes be difficult to expand your database of potential B2B contacts. Luckily, there are services available, like theemailfinder.co, which allows you to build an email address list that’ll help you create a solid base of B2B contacts. Simply type in the person’s domain name, and if they have any information associated to it, you could gain their email address, phone number and any other contact information. Using a service like this is much faster and more efficient than searching through LinkedIn or other business directories, and doesn’t come with the heavy price tag that conferences do.
Creative work: find a low-cost designer, with a quick turnaround
Depending on what industry you work in, you may or may not feel comfortable taking on your business’s design work, such as logo creation or marketing. If not, you’ll be pleased to know there are several platforms online where creatives and designers offer their services for a small fee — some as cheap as £5 — and can get you the finished article in no time at all — between 1-3 working days. Alternatively, look for freelancers who are also much cheaper. Though, ensure that you’re not compromising on quality.
Recruitment: use an automated service to select only the CVs you should consider
When you’re looking to hire, it can be a long process to read through every applicant’s cover letter and CV. Why not delegate the task of initial CV screening to the Artificial Intelligence technology in the market right now, just leaving you the task of considering only the applicants who pass early analysis. The AI will search for keywords, desired experience levels, and spelling and punctuation errors.
Streamlining your business: giving you time to focus on the things that matter
Once you can delegate burdensome or monotonous tasks to technology, you’ll find you have more time to dedicate to driving your business forward, forging new connections and strategizing for your future. Technology has been advancing in the workplace for years, so it makes good business sense to invest in some of the innovations and offers that can help you today, so you can work on tomorrow.