If you’re a solo entrepreneur then you already know that trying to do everything yourself is just plain crazy. You’re trying to get clients, service your clients and have a life…its insane.
Eventually you’ll burn out, unless you learn how to delegate some responsibilities or…automate tasks. Outsourcing is easier said than done, however, automation doesn’t have to be. Here are just a few ways to automate things and the tools you can use in order to help you do them.
Imagine getting up early in the morning, after having had your cup of joe, its time to get to work. You login to your wordpress site, you get inspired and you write your mornings blog post (not unlike what I’ve done with this short article).
Ok, so how do you quickly and easily spread the word about your new post, especially if you’re new at this and haven’t yet built up your audience? Well, thankfully there are a number of tools that you can use to automatically get this done from plugins to people.
My favorite FREE tool is an online service called If This Then That, which can be found at IFTT.com. Its an amazing tool that essentially creates a mini program, which are comprised of recipes, for you that says, if this happens, which is called the trigger action, then i want you to do that.
So, you can create a recipe that says if a new post happens on my wordpress blog then I want you to also post it to: perhaps one of your social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter. You’d have to create two separate recipes if you want it to post to more than one of those sites, but the cool thing is…you CAN, so why not?
Another free tool you can use, especially if you want to ingrain some really cool laborious tasks, such as scraping data from a website is, you can use IMacros, which is a browser tool that records tasks automates them.
There is a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to using it, however, its been an amazing tool I’ve used to help me run my offline business. I essentially use the tool to automate classified ad submissions for my clients (let me know if you want to see a video demo).
It has literally saved me at least 2 to 3 hours of manual labor by creating automated tasks using this software. I highly recommend it.
If you want to get really involved and you have some money set aside to do this then you can get your hands really dirty with some advanced automation programming that’s made for the less techy, by using a software tool called UBot Studios. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Essentially it allows you to setup and create “bots” that do the automated tasks for you, but have a few more advanced capabilities like decision making, and image recognition to decode and get through “captchas,” which are those annoying gate fields where you have to decipher the code, enter your answer in the little box in order to move on to the next step.
As you can see, automating tasks is something that can be done, you have a few great ideas to get started doing them and I highly recommend you put in the time necessary to set them up so that you can save yourself gobs of time down the road. Just set them up once and use them over and over without fail.