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Startup time saving
Written by Greg Soffe   


delegateStarting up your own business can be daunting, especially the thought of the vast investment in time that you will need to put into the business for it to survive the first year.  At times it is difficult to get time to spend running your business startup let alone finding time to work on your business & improve it. I have put a bit of thought into this recently and have come up with a few ways for you to save your valuable time and effort so you can focus on driving your new business to new heights.

Draw up your business bucket list for the first year. This list should contain at least ten goals you want to attain in your first twelve months. Set at least ten of your first years benchmarks out in a structured format and aim to have them finished at the end of your first year in business. Target completing at least one of them every month no matter how difficult it is. Make it your personal imperative to work on the list during the first hour of every day while things are slow. Steer away from using these as goals but rather steps towards goals, that why I call it your 'business bucket list' these should be the things you need to do to ensure your business survives its first year.
Following on from this, at the start of every week plan what you are going to do and when you are going to do it (at least as best you can). Then stick to this plan. Don't get too distracted with other tasks and interruptions, this can lead missed targets, deadlines & goals. Simply put interruptions aside until after your initial task is complete. Focusing will get you finished faster than attempting to multi-task a situation.

Email is a time vampire, it will suck your day dry before you can get anything productive done towards your new startup. Set aside two periods during the day when you will read and answer your emails. Only answer emails during those times. You will find that if you answer emails at 10am and 3pm and restrict yourself to those times you will be far more productive. The key to this is that email by definition is not a phone call, it is a simple message that someone has sent you because they did not think it was important enough to call you on the phone and they expect that you will answer when you have time.
A statement I have heard a lot is what if your business is online and email from your customers is your lifeline. If your customers are emailing you constantly for any reason including sales then it is very likely that you don't have enough automation in your website. Automation should be performing the mundane repetitive tasks for you. Or simply you don't have enough information available online for your customers' needs, so they have to ask you questions.


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