Zoda Design Blog
3 Time Hacks for Your Small Business
How many times have you wished for a clone, or at least a few more hours to get things done? Entrepreneurship is synonymous with busy, but you don’t have to run yourself ragged.
Here are 3 time hacks you can use in your small business:
Source keywords from your own website.
There are a lot of ways to find keywords to use in your SEO efforts. Unfortunately, many of them are time-consuming and research intensive. One time-saver involves simply tracking the words visitors type into the search on your website. While many will lead to the desired content, some are bound to come up empty. This means a visitor came to your site looking for something and didn’t find it.
Track searches on your site, and use the keywords you find to create content. Not only will you save time, but you’ll already know your audience has an interest in the content you produce.
Skip large team meetings. When a project is in the works or a decision is called for, it’s tempting to call for a big team meeting. This can prove a time waster, however, as wrangling everyone together and listening to many sources of input eats into your already busy schedule.
Then there’s the fact that these meetings often veer off-course, as a team member inevitably wants to discuss other projects, tasks, and questions. Avoid this by meeting only with those directly involved in the project or even with just the parties who will lead the team.
In some cases, you can avoid a meeting altogether, opting for a quick, informal chat that gets the job done just as well. When you do call a meeting, keep it short.
Choose tools that save time and boost productivity. There’s an easy and a hard way to do just about anything, and choosing the easy way means having the right tools at your disposal. Don’t wait until your schedule is a mess and a project becomes overwhelming.
Check out some of the following tools that help not only save time, but also boost productivity:
- Skype—Communicate with your team, vendors, and clients (no matter where they are) via your computer.
- Evernote: Make taking and sharing notes a breeze.
- GoToMeeting: Skip the traffic and slash commute times. Meet with your team or clients online.
- Basecamp: Manage projects and collaborate via the Internet.
Getting your day under control can start with changing one small thing at a time. Try these time hacks on for size. Then, come back and let us know how they worked for you.
Owner & Web Developer
Jessica Kelley is a web developer from Flint, MI, and is also the president/owner of Zoda Design. She has a Bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She has been doing web design as a hobby since 1999 and finally decided to do it professionally in 2012. What to chat? Shoot her an email.