For you, finding a moment to think about what to have for lunch is as close as it gets to having free time.
Running your business has so many demands that you’re often looking for ways to clone yourself just to catch up. Since we’re a long way from cloning, here are four tips and tools to help you save time and streamline your business operations.
1. Todo: keep track of your tasks
Can you list every task on your current to-do list? If you’re struggling to answer that question, chances are you could greatly benefit from an app that manages your tasks.
Todo is an award-winning app that helps you organise your list and manage your tasks on a daily, weekly and even monthly basis.
Todo has another helpful feature, which allows you to geotag your to-do items. So if you need to go to the office supply store to buy a printer, stop at FedEx to send out a package, or pick up your suit from the dry-cleaners for your big meeting tomorrow, Todo will ping you when you’re near the locations.
You can even prioritise your tasks by your route, and since it syncs to all of your devices, you’re less likely to forget your list. Now that’s taking efficiency to a whole new level.
2. Expensify: stay on top of your finances
One of the most tedious, yet vital, aspects of running your own business is managing and maintaining your company’s finances.
Accounting software can be your best friend when it comes to cutting down the time spent on this rigorous process. The right software will allow you to quickly create and send custom invoices to customers globally. You’ll also want to be able to run reports to manage your balance sheet, P&Ls and vendor lists.
Expenses play a key role in your business finances and it’s an area the taxman pays particular attention to. Keeping track of your expenses and maintaining records and receipts can make all the difference should you find yourself in an audit.
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If you don’t have a system in place already, you could benefit from an expense tracking tool such as Expensify, which operates on mobile and desktop.
Expensify allows you to keep track of spending habits and has “Smartscan” which lets you photograph and categorize receipts for expense reports.
If your business requires that you commute a lot to see clients or vendors, you may particularly appreciate the “Track Distance” function that lets you monitor how far you travel by car so you can bill or expense your travel time.
Trust me, any time or money spent keeping your finances in order is well worth it, because it could mean all the difference in the future of your business.
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