My wife can’t stand the fact that I’m always working, and who can blame her? Thanks to my smartphone, my iPad, and my laptop I can go just about anywhere and take my entire office with me. It’s hard for her to understand that as a small business, we have to be available around the clock. Thankfully, I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to maximize my productivity.
Not the sassy secretary from the Bond Films. Moneypenny is an answering service that has saved me from countless sales calls and telemarketers. Having a gatekeeper is crucial to efficient time management, and Moneypenny fills that role for about $100 a month.
I’m not entirely sure if Slack saves me time or not. It definitely makes communicating with my team much more efficient, but it can also be a distraction when one of us sees something hilarious on Facebook or Reddit. Nevertheless, Slack is a must for just about any team. And it’s free.
I don’t have time to keep up with all of my Social Media accounts. That’s why I use Buffer. It lets me schedule tweets and facebook posts well in advance. It’s a total lifesaver and absolutely critical for building followers for your brand.