Want to make sure your business succeeds online? Of course you do! And, thanks to a wide-variety of online tools and software, the streamlining process for your business has never been more effective and easy-to-accomplish. In fact, here are 15 ways you can use these online resources to streamline success for your business.
1. Day-to-Day Tasks
As you’re already well-aware, being a business owner requires you to wear multiple hats. Thanks to a number of online tools, however, you can simplify your day-to-day operations. For example, there’s Zapier. It’s a tool used to connect your most commonly used apps so you can move data and automate tasks.
2. Project Management
Trying to schedule meetings, keeping your entire team on the same page, and collaborating with others can be a major hassle. There are now more than enough tools to help handle these otherwise daunting tasks. Here are a couple of recommended project management tools.
- Asana: Communicate with your team without email.
- Wrike: Collaborate and share files in real-time.
- Basecmap: Popular project management tool that helps you complete projects.
- Evernote: Take notes and share with your team.
- Sunrise Calendar: Free calendar so you can never miss an appointment.
If you use a tool like Google Analytics, you can keep an eye on the health of your company’s website. The information Google Analytics provides lets you know where your site visitors are coming from and what they’re doing on your website.
4. Email Marketing
Embarking on an email marketing campaign can be a lengthy process. However, a service like MailChimp helps you send targeted emails to your audience on a regular basis through automation. You can even use MailChimp to discover subscriber profiles and when is the best time to send out an email.
5. Social Media Management
Keeping tabs on all of your social media accounts is another task business owners don’t always have time for. But, it’s a necessity if you want to successfully grow your business. Hootsuite and Buffer are both trusted apps to manage and monitor social media platforms. Sujan Patel also has some other recommendations on Entrepreneur like BuzzSumo, Mention, and Oktopost.
6. Digital Marketing
Your marketing efforts are ever growing and ever changing. So, why not take a load off and use tools like Surveymonkey, Unbounce, and Constant Contact to help you with customer feedback so that you can discover exactly what customers are expecting from your business.
Accounting is absolutely essential, but it’s another task that most business owners dread. With software like Wave, you can handle all of your accounting needs online. Whether it’s general bookkeeping, invoicing, payroll, and personal finance. Due.com can track the time your spend on a project, as well as send out recurring online invoices.
8. Customer Relation Management
Top-notch customer support is one of the best ways to get customers talking about your business, which in turn leads to more referrals. Platforms like Salesforce have proven to be a great assist for businesses in the past. You can also try these tools like Insightly, Pipedrive, and Sprout Social to help you engage with customers.
Running a business is hard work. But, the ones that succeed are the ones who have figured out how to be more efficient. With Productivity tools like Producteev, Wunderlist, RescueTime, and Pocket you can manage your time more wisely and stay on track so you can focus on tasks that matter.
10. Website Creation/Management
Your website is often going to be the first contact a potential customer has with your company. You can easily create landing page with LeadPages. If you already have a killer website, you can enhance it with:
- LiveEngage: A powerful customer engagement tool that goes right on your website.
- Optimizely: Test your website to improve customer experience.
- Wufoo: Create online forms for your site.
11. Human Resources
No matter how awesome your product or service is, you need a stellar team to help deliver a great customer experience. With online tools like The Resumator, Effortless HR, and TribeHR, you can find and train the best employees possible.
Selling your products online has never been easier. Thanks to platforms like Shopify, Magento, Bigcommerce, Miva Merchant, and the WooCommerce plugin for WordPress, you can create and manage an online shop in just a couple of minutes.
13. Brand Reputation Management
Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Nowadays you don’t have to put as much time into tracing your online reputation. You can search for what other are saying about you by using IceRocket or Social Mention. Trackur also allows you to monitor what’s being said about your brand. And, Google’s handy Me on the Web can be used to track employee mentions. Managing what others say about you online has never been so easy.
No matter where you are in the world, you can now have a global workforce or chat with clients whenever you need to. Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Speek, and HipChat are all great resources to help you conveniently communicate with team members, host a conference call, or speak with customers.
Because of everything else you’re worried about when running a business, it’s completely understandable to forget about the security of your website. Hosting is one tool that can ensure that you important information is safely stored online. Lookout is a great security tool for mobile devices. And, you can put your customers fears to ease with a TRUSTe Verified Seal.
As technology solutions continue to grow, owning and running your business has become much easier. Use these tools to help you work smarter, not harder.
Are You an Organized Blogger?
How do you organize your blogging day? Do you work off of a to-do list? What do you do to be organized?
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I ponder blogging problems arising from being disorganized. Mental clutter leads to blogging clutter. I prefer to clear my mind with meditating and Kriya yoga, in addition to yin yoga. Thoughts and feelings seem to flow smoothly after my mental science sessions. Of course, making a simple, blanket decision to be organized allows your day to progress gracefully. Consider working off of a to-do list to begin organizing effectively.
Create a To-Do List
Creating a to-do list adds order to your mind. Orderly, focused-thinking bloggers proceed in organized fashion. I memorized my blogging routine. No need for a to-do lit. But I stick to my basic strategy of publishing blog posts and guest posts in alternating fashion daily. I publish a blog post. I publish a guest post. Works wonders for me. I stick to these basic tasks, tossing in networking generously to expand my blogging reach. Simple. Powerful. Effective. Organized. Work from this list to avoid mental chaos. Human beings experience some 40,000 plus thoughts daily. Do you think an unenlightened being like yourself can hold a core list of blogging tasks in mind amid those 40,000 thoughts, along with the adjacent feelings? Fat chance. But working from a list makes blogging quite easy. See concrete items to do before your eyes. Hold these ideas in mind. Execute. Be organized.
Maintain an Orderly Home Office
Clean up your home office. Maintain a clear space. Physical clutter often creates mental clutter manifest as disorganization. But cleaning and clearing things up helps you feel better about work. Feeling better about work lends an organized air about what you do. See a clear environment. Instantly, your thoughts and feelings proceed in organized fashion. I always clean up my home office before beginning my work day. Ditto for clearing the office space. I never tolerate messiness. Papers need to go. Clothes need to be folded and stowed away in drawers. I blog with my Chromebook and phone by my side. Nothing else distracts me. Can you see why I wrote and self-published 126 eBooks? I do not play around when it comes to being organized about my blogging day.
Study Organized Bloggers
Most pro bloggers blog on the ball from an organization perspective. Pay attention to these pros. Study their ways closely. Most established pros follow morning rituals to prepare themselves for busy work days. I do 20 minutes of Kriya yoga and meditate for 30 minutes to clear my mind for a productive blogging work day. Virtually all pros follow rituals enhancing their peace of mind and organizational skills. Of course, feeling good plays a chief role in succeeding and in organizing your blogging day for maximum efficiency. Do what you can on waking to max out good feeling vibes. Nudge into your work day from a relaxed, peaceful, organized energy. Observe established pros. Closely study how they plan their blogging day. Do you notice how busy pros tend to do only a few things but spend 8-12 hours doing these few things generously, patiently and persistently? Being organized often involves trimming fat in the form of old, worn out, inefficient blogging activities. See how pros trim fat by letting go blogging strategies as they gain greater clarity. Follow their lead to get better organized with your blogging campaign.
As within, so without. Heed this ancient wisdom to be a better organized blogger. Organizing your thoughts and feelings leads to organized blogging actions.
Every Blogger Walks a Different Path
Neil Patel walks a different path than I. I walk a different blogging path than you. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two bloggers walk the same exact path. We take different routes. Different journeys require different strategies, detours, tactics and strategies. Neil walked an SEO-rich path. I do not. I chose a prolific, SEO-free path. No one mimics a fellow blogger perfectly because no two humans have the same experience. We succeed by differentiating. Never believe you need to walk the same path as some blogging pro to succeed. Of course, doing so proves fruitless because no two bloggers walk the same blogging journey. Never try to do the impossible. Stop believing you need to do the same things top bloggers do to succeed like top bloggers. I broke many traditional blogging rules to circle the globe as a pro blogger. Of course I created a blogging course, eBooks and audio books. Content? Check. Connections? Check. I honored fundamentals to succeed but never tried mimicking the same journey as any top blogger.
Walk your blogging path. Take your blogging journey. Your blogging path separates you from the herd. My travel stories and blogging lessons make me different from any blogger. Ditto for you. We all have different experiences to call upon for becoming a successful blogger. Respect your uniqueness. Find your blogging flow. I do not enjoy doing SEO to drive Google traffic. Why would I force a blogging journey trough some strategy I disliked working? I should just work a job if I did something for money versus working for passion. Of course, I never took a path like Neil Patel because I do not enjoy SEO-optimizing posts. I succeeded through another strategy. Never believe you need to walk the same path as pros to become successful as pros. New bloggers swing and miss daily by believing success is writing 4,000 word, SEO-optimized posts dominating competitive keywords on Google. Are you nuts? Neil Patel dominates competitive keywords on Google after 10,000 plus hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. You have 5 or 10 hours or maybe 100 hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. You have another 10,000 hours of blogging work to do before being skilled, creative and connected enough to dominate page 1 of Google for 1 – let alone 20 – competitive keywords.
But you may dislike SEO all together. Take a different blogging path. Find tactics resonant with you. Perhaps building bonds with bloggers and creating helpful content feels fun to you. Take that route. But know your path differs from any blogging path because we each fly solo and learn different lessons for specific parts of our blogging journey. No two bloggers walk in the same blogging shoes. No two bloggers walk the same blogging path. Two bloggers may walk similar blogging journeys. Bloggers sometimes walk similar blogging paths. But nobody walks identical paths because bloggers have different experiences to learn from during our blogging journey.
Respect your path. Honor your progression. Accept how you blog in the perfect place, at the perfect time, now. Do not resist your blogging path. Everything brought you here to this point now. Accepting your present state of blogging growth reduces resistance to future growth. Surrender serves as a powerful concept. Be completely at peace with your blogging growth now. Hug your progress. Walk your blogging path. Of course, note wins. Celebrate success. Avoid comparing yourself to bloggers. Bloggers experience different situations to benefit from different circumstances. We all have different lessons to learn on our respective blogging journeys. Honor this truth. Cultivate peace of mind. Position yourself to succeed. Walk your one-of-a-kind blogging path to experience your greatest success.
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Hobbies Change for Habits to Change
Over a decade ago, I woke up, watched TV, grabbed breakfast, hit the gym for bodybuilding and returned home to watch a DVD movie. At 2:30 PM I prepared for work. I drove to my security guard job. By 10:30 PM on most nights I drove home. Evening movie. Sleep. Rinse, wash and repeat the following day. I worked a security guard job. My hobbies consisted of lifting weights and watching TV. But my hobbies and habits changed the moment I became a blogger. Morning breakfast vanished. I stopped going to the time-consuming gym. Watching movies every day? Fat chance. My bodybuilding workout and movie hobbies had to change for me to begin the habits of meditating, doing yoga and expanding my awareness daily. Hobbies change before habits change.
New bloggers often struggle because newbies cling to old, worn out, failing hobbies like:
- watching TV for hours nightly
- mindlessly cruising the internet for hours nightly
- mindlessly gossiping on the phone or with family for hours nightly
These low-energy hobbies need to change pronto for you to develop fun, freeing, higher energy habits like meditating, doing yoga, blogging generously and engaging in some form of exercise. Picture those 4 hours you waste on watching TV each evening. How do you find time to engage in different habits? Change your hobbies. Out goes TV, or, TV just consumes 45 minutes per evening. Enter 20 minutes of meditating. Release some hobbies. Fill the time with different, empowering, freeing, sometimes uncomfortable habits. Imagine watching the idiot box for 3 hours nightly. 3 hours pass. Nothing profitable, productive or empowered happens watching the television. But for you to be a pro blogger you need to spend those 3 hours meditating for perhaps 10 minutes and blogging for the remaining 2 hours and 50 minutes. Change your hobbies to create space for changing habits. Changing habits accelerates, colors and influences hobby changes too. My hobbies went from watching TV to circling the globe on meditating more deeply, doing more yoga and spending more time in serious introspection. Life became more uncomfortable but far more fun and freeing as my hobbies and habits changed. I preferred to wander around Ubud, Bali versus watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. My hobbies changed for the better. I respect how we all travel different paths but if your hobbies and habits never changed, you are either enlightened, and never needed to change your meditating and yoga habits, or you have been making fear-driven, comfortable, confining choices wasting your life.
I have yet to see a genuinely happy, peaceful, powerful, prospering person who watches more than 2-3 hours of TV every single night. People call TV the idiot box because television makes you an idiot. Mindless, bland, non-stimulating TV watching does nothing for your growth, happiness, fulfillment, peace of mind and overall abundance. Empowered bloggers cannot spend 5 seconds on idle, mindless, dingbat-style activities. Stop spending hours watching TV each evening. Start spending hours blogging and working on your abundance mindset. Buy a blogging eBook. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Learn from these pros. Mimic their ways. Gain inspiration from their example. Fill time not with garbage but with goal-achieving, fun, freeing and sometimes scary blogging actions. First, the hobbies change. Gone goes watching TV, gossiping and wasting time on low energy actions. Habits change with the hobby vacuum being void. Begin meditating. Start doing yoga. Awareness-expanding activities unearth fears, nudge you toward love, amplify your generosity and accelerate your blogging success.
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