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5 Modern Time-Saving Tips for the Modern Business

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There are a lot of time-saving tips out there. It’s great if you are already using them. However, if you are still struggling to organize your time, check out these modern time-savings tips.

Respond to issues quickly

We all have smartphones, tablets and devices that allow us to respond to issues quickly. For example, you can check emails while you are stuck in traffic. You can respond to issues that need a simple yes or no in just a matter of seconds. Don’t wait till you get to the office to do things you can do on the road or instantly.

Don’t be scared of technology

Technology is there to help us. Do not be intimidated with new gadgets that come out. If you are still using a traditional business telephone system that cannot be connected to your IT network, it’s time you made the shift. Modern business telephone systems can be integrated with customer relationship management software, emails, etc. This will not only save you time. It will also improve your level of customer service.

Use your devices to make lists, set appointments, connect to people in long distances quickly, make presentations, do some research, read and a lot more. Technology makes our lives better so take advantage of it.

Disconnect

Sure, we live in a connected world but it’s good to disconnect from technology from time to time especially if you have a big project to finish that requires all your focus. Set aside an hour or two each day and turn off all your devices. Focus on your task. Do this every day until you finish your project.

Say no

Most of us don’t want to disappoint the people around us – family, friends, colleagues, employees. But, there are some instances that you should just say no. Learn to delegate tasks especially if you are the boss of the company. You are there to make important decisions and not to do everything. Learn to say no in a nice, respectful way so that you can focus your time on things that really matter to you.

Schedule time for yourself

At the end of the day, you need to have some time for yourself. Some people (especially workaholics) feel guilty when they do something for themselves. They feel like they are being selfish but in reality, you are doing the people around you a favor. You need to sleep in order to function properly the next day. You need to rest your mind so that you can make sound decisions. You need to do a hobby or exercise so you will feel refreshed and get your creativity flowing. In short, you need “Me Time” in order to be an effective boss, parent, employee, etc.

Change happens to us daily and it happens at warp speed. You should be able to keep up and adapt to changes in your life as they happen. These time-saving tips will help keep you on track. Practice them for 10 days and you will have some great time-saving habits.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or if you already own a small business, chances are, you have a group of people that you turn to for advice. This is your advisory board. As your business grows, so should your advisory board. Some companies even hire professionals to make up their advisory board. You don’t have to hire people if you are a small business. You just need people you trust who can give you unbiased advice. Here are some benefits of having a good advisory board.

You can have a bouncing board

Are you familiar with Dr. Gregory House, the crazy doctor from the television series? He has a very brilliant mind but he needed people to bounce ideas around with. During the first season, he was seen bouncing ideas with the janitor so the hospital chief told him that he needed a team to serve as a bouncing board. The same goes for a business owner. No matter how brilliant you are, you still need the opinions of other people so that you can refine your idea. They may have some experience in areas that you are unfamiliar with.

Advocates

If you get your advisors excited, they will talk about your company. Word of mouth is a very powerful marketing tool. This can open doors for your business. You can gain access to new groups of customers, investors, lenders, etc. They can’t actually get an investment for you but they can introduce you to the right people.

Better view of the industry

Some business owners overlook the issue of competitors. Sometimes they feel that they don’t have any just because they don’t know anyone who has the same kind of business in their locale. But what if the business wants to expand and you soon find out that there are several or even hundreds like you in your state, country and even the world? What do you do then?

Having an advisor look into the current marketplace will give you valuable insight about your competition.  These advisors will give you the truth and this will help you plan your attack well.

Credibility

Having professionals and industry experts in your advisory board is one way of building up your credibility. This will show that your business is legitimate, that you are who you say you are and that you can be trusted. Don’t put names of important people in your board just because you met them once or twice. It can cause a lot of problems if they are asked about you and they can’t remember you. This is bad especially if someone wants to invest in your company and find out that you are lying. If your brother is an industry expert, then by all means, go and put him in your advisory board if it’s okay with him. Just make sure that each one in your board understands his role and knows you very well to avoid embarrassing moments.

Having a board of advisors will help you tackle different problems and can take your business to the path of success.