5 Time-Saving Tips for Beginner Entrepreneurs
By Space Coast Daily // June 1, 2022
One of the challenges of being a beginner in any field is that you need to learn things that veterans don’t even think about anymore. Most people will find small ways to be more efficient with their time after spending a few years doing the same job, but if you are a beginner who is still learning those, here are some time-saving tips you can implement today.
1 – Use templates
Drafting emails and other forms of communication with employees and suppliers will take huge chunks of your time if you’re not careful. You can avoid that hassle by building a healthy collection of email templates that you can adjust and send out as needed, whether it be a sales pitch template, a thank you template, or even a price adjustment template.
If you notice you need to reference a piece of information or a certain set of links over and over when answering emails, you can save time by having that relevant information laid on in a single text document. Some browser extensions will even let you write notes on the email page itself, so you’ll be able to copy and post info as needed.
2 – Automate invoices
Payment management is another task that will become very time-consuming if you’re not careful. You’ll need to not only generate and send out professional invoices but also keep track of them and follow up on late payments as needed. You can automate all of those tasks by using an invoice manager or a receipt generator like this one. These tools also make it easier to keep track of your finances when tax season rolls around.
3 – Work less
It can be tempting to do everything yourself when starting a business. The issue is that there is only one of you, and as the business founder and potentially the only entrepreneur on staff, there are a ton of tasks that only you can do. This means that anything and everything that could be done by someone else should be done by someone else, to the extent that delegating is possible.
This is a long way of saying that you can save time by relying on your team and outsourcing. Doing that will allow you to focus on the tasks that will directly help your business grow and satisfy customers.
4 – Leverage existing assets
Let’s say you have a corporate Instagram and want to start a blog. Or you have a blog and want to start an email campaign. In both cases, you can save time by leveraging existing content to help save time when setting up the new marketing channel. Your Instagram images can serve as blog post ideas and illustrations for existing posts, for example. And excerpts from your blog can be used for email campaigns.
Keep an eye out for opportunities to reutilize existing assets without damaging your brand. It can be a huge time saver and a way to increase the return on investment you get out of existing assets.
5 – Turn off notifications
Getting interrupted just as you are gaining traction on a task is horrible for your productivity. Set up an emergencies-only group chat for your team, then turn off all other notifications while working so you won’t be distracted by incoming messages or emails. Instead of reading notifications as they come in, you can read and respond to non-priority messages in bulk a few times a day.