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The digital age has opened up many employment opportunities for stay-at-home moms. Thanks to the Internet, it’s possible to set up a business and work from home while managing the daily tasks of raising a growing family. While the journey to entrepreneurial success is an exciting one, it can leave many potential mompreneurs wondering how they can master time management when they have kids in tow. Thankfully, many strategies exist that moms can consider to help them launch and manage their business empires from home. Check out our five time-savings hacks below that every mompreneur needs to know!
Automate Employee Management Tasks
Do you have employees working for you (or plan to hire people soon)? If so, it makes sense to use tools like time clocks software to manage and automate employee-related tasks.
You can use online collaboration tools to help you share and edit files over the Internet, and automatically schedule online meetings with your team. You’ll likely find automation solutions for most of your employee management needs.
Make sure you give any potential solutions a trial before committing to their usage.
Create Email Templates
Email is a powerful communication medium used by everyone from work-at-home moms to jet-setting CEOs of international corporations. As a busy business leader, you don’t want to devote most of your day to emailing people.
That’s why you should craft and use email templates to help you communicate with others more efficiently. The templates could be responses to common sales questions or even auto-reply messages to help you deal with non-urgent messages later.
Automate Your Invoicing
Like most home business owners, you must invoice your clients for the products and services you supply to them.
Some mompreneurs copy and paste invoices from templates and populate the various fields manually. While such practices save money, they don’t save time. That’s why you should automate your invoicing processes with digital accounting software.
Online services like QuickBooks let you create recurring invoices – perfect for subscriptions and regular products and services sold to your customers.
Plan Your Day In Advance
One of the reasons moms running business empires from home find managing their time so challenging is because they seldom plan their day in advance. Instead, they try to form mental schedules on the day and often find that some events conflict with others.
Consider adding schedule-planning part of your evening routine so that you know what you’re going to do the next day. You could do this when your kids have gone to sleep, for instance.
Outsource Time-Intensive Business Functions
Lastly, do certain business functions take up much of your time during the day? Would you prefer to devote most or all of that time to more creative pursuits? If the answer to both questions is yes, look at ways of outsourcing those time-intensive business functions.
Examples of what you can outsource include:
- Inbound and outbound sales calls;
- Customer service calls;
- Sales order processing; and
- Social media management.