When it comes to running your own business, budgets for important things like marketing or branding are already slim, let alone for things like productivity tools. Some of the best productivity tools actually cost you nothing, however. Boosting productivity isn’t always about buying a new product or service so much as maximizing what you already have. Here are 3 ways to boost your solo small business productivity on a budget.
Probably one of the biggest mistakes that small business owners make is trying to cram too much into one day or build their business too quickly. There are always going to be a million and one self-help gurus telling you how to grow your business, grow your market and grow your audience. Before you do any of those things, however, you need to make sure you have a good, solid foundation to support that growth when it happens. One of the best ways to stay productive is to set 2-3 long term goals and then break it down into small daily tasks you can accomplish every day that will move you towards those goals. Not only will this keep you moving forward at a steady pace, it will keep you from getting overwhelmed.
Keep a Daily To-do List
There are a number of apps and programs you can use to help you manage your daily tasks and many of them are even free. You don’t necessarily need a complicated system, however. You might be surprised at how much more efficient you naturally become when you simply write down everything you need to do each day, week or month so you can visualize and prioritize tasks according to importance. You may also find you get a great deal of satisfaction from being able to check tasks off as being accomplished.
Use Virtual Assistants for More Menial Tasks
As a solo business owner, you don’t have a staff to assign tasks to, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have assistance. Thankfully, in the digital age, there are any number of tasks you can virtually hire others to do. From designing a logo or marketing materials to writing a blog post or even hiring a virtual assistant service to answer your phones for you. By farming out the menial tasks that eat into your valuable time, you can free up time to focus on the more important task of growing your business.
There may never have been a time in history when it has been easier to start and run your own business. That doesn’t mean it is easy, it simply means it is easier than it has been in the past. Utilizing some simple tools, tricks and resources available to you can help you build a booming, thriving business in no time.