Three Simple Ways You Can Begin To Automate Your Business

There's never enough time in the day, but a few well-thought out automations can save you a bunch of it. Of course there are processes, apps and tools to help you automate many and varied aspects of your business, but here are three easy ones to ease yourself into it.

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Automations can include everything from complex scripts that bring together several programs to automate a repetitive process, to simple email filters that sort your messages into their proper folders. Flying Solo points out one thing that the best automations tend to have in common: "Some of the most effective automations you can put in place in your business are small replacements for tasks that take a large tax both on your time and mindset."

Here are the three automations recommended to give your workflow a much needed kick:

#1 Meeting Schedules

Meeting scheduling is one of the more common automations going around — as the regular back-and-forth of trying to find a time that suits all parties involved is bound to waste some time. Luckily there are plenty of apps, plugins and services that will let you schedule a meeting with just a link and a booking form.

Recommended tools for this automation are Calendly, Doodle and Scheduleonce.

#2 Emails

Even though it may feel wrong using a template to send emails instead of crafting a nice, personal message each time, the reality is that in most businesses you'll find yourself writing the same email again, and again, and again. Why not save yourself the time and create a template. While this is a feature that's built into most email clients, it's surprising how many people have just never taken the time to implement it.

You don't even need any special tools for this one. Most email clients will have this feature built in.

#3 To-Do List

Getting in the habit of adding tasks to your to-do list as they crop up is hard, but there's an easy automation you can do to make the process simpler. How many of your tasks come in through email? All of them can be simply and easily added to your to-do list with an app or plugin that links two different services together (such as, in this case, Gmail and Google Tasks).

Zapier is the recommended app for this task, though you don't have to stick with Google Tasks — you could also place your tasks into apps like Trello or Asana.


You can read about this in more detail over at Flying Solo's article at the link below.

[3 business automations you can implement in the next two hours — Flying Solo]


Comments

    Another tool to add to the Meeting Scheduler list is http://Appointment.one.

    It offers support for a wider range of calendars (Office 365, Google Apps, and Exchange).

    One neat feature is intelligently adding time buffers to your appointments. For example you can choose that appointments that are done via a phone call need no buffer whereas an on-site client visit should accommodate travel time.

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