Tools to help with growing your company

When running a company, there will be many occasions where you will run the show alone. You are the CEO and the sales person; the administrator and the accounts manager. Eventually, the tasks you need to do take more and more time that could otherwise be used finding new clients. When this happens, you need to move from managing your business to growing it. There are many things you can do to take a step bad from your tasks and concentrate on the big picture.

Technology has created many programs and app that you can use to your advantage to make your work as productive and efficient as possible. Using a project management system or rostering program, for instance, can save you hours in assigning tasks, scheduling team members and working out payroll. Many of these programs are free to use, giving you a centralised approach to ongoing jobs.

Using automation technology as well can help you create an effective sales funnel that works even when you’re away from the office. You can set up content on social media scheduling platforms and email marketing software weeks or months in advance. Instead of setting aside time every day to update your Twitter, you can schedule tweets to go out at strategic times and build rapport with consumers.

Depending on the type of business you run, outsourcing and delegating work may be an option when you don’t have to resources to hire a team member to help with your needs. Online, you can find contractors, freelancers and virtual assistants who can help you finish tasks so that you can use your time elsewhere. If you run a blog but don’t have the skills or time to write your own posts, you can outsource a writer. The same goes for your administration and social media management; if you don’t have the necessary skills, outsourcing will help you get the job done better.

A successful business owner knows how to prioritise their tasks and should have strong time management skills. Try to plan your day ahead or use a to-do list app so you can visualise your schedule and shift your focus from managing your company to growing it.