Time Saving

Time-saving tools and tips every franchise owner and entrepreneur should use

March 30, 2018 5:00 pm Published by

When running your own franchise, it can be challenging to manage your time and resources effectively. At Home Care Preferred we recognise the value of software that can maximise your efficiency and keep your day-to-day running smoothly so that you can spend more time dealing with the things that really matter.

 

Note-taking:

While important to operations, back-to-back meetings can be the bane of your day if you already have a lot to keep track of. In these scenarios, an application like Onenote or Evernote can be a lifesaver. These cloud-based note taking applications allow you to seamlessly sync notes and keep them easily organized as well as share actions with your team quickly.

 

Time management:

The Pomodoro technique has been a staple of time management since the 1980’s but things are different now. Whilst the method is certainly still relevant we are faced with constant distractions if not from emails then from the endless torrents of notifications from social media platforms. If you have an important time constrained task you will find that muting notifications will really help you crack on with the task at hand.

 

Preparation:

Albert Einstein said: “If I had only one hour to solve a problem I would spend fifty-five minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes solving the problem.” This is probably a bit excessive, but it illustrates an important point especially in the context of a business. If you can find an easier way to complete a task it can save you time for that task as well as for the next time you need to do it. Investing a bit of time to automate tedious marketing processes and email organization can save you a tremendous amount of time in the long run.

(Interestingly Abraham Lincoln made a similar remark: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”)

Plus, if you need a little extra support, the Home Care Preferred franchise team are on hand to help with marketing and promotional activities – you can find out more about our franchise packages and what you receive as a business owner here.

 

Accounting tools:

Keeping up with accounting and budgeting aren’t always amongst the favorite tasks of business owners, but they are necessary, and you should check your progress on a regular basis. Using simple and effective tools will help you save time and set out your expenditure so you can budget appropriately. Some apps are also VAT compliant, so you can share the information with your accountant and get your taxes submitted quicker.

 

To- Do Lists:

Keeping a track of delegated tasks is central to running a business. You will no doubt already be using some form of a To-Do list. Whether it be flagging emails or otherwise. There are some new and innovative To-Do planners such as Todoist, Trello and Microsoft’s Planner. All of which let you collaborate on tasks and keep track of progress. Do some research and find out what works best for you.

 

Communication software:

Manage a project and your team with regular updates and project reminders using communication software. If you don’t have time for lengthy emails and meetings comms software will become your most useful investment (some online providers are even free!). It’s most useful for keeping your team in the loop on projects, getting real-time updates, leaving feedback and creating new actions.

 

Do you have a recommendation of a great tool or app you use regularly? Get in touch via LinkedIn.

 

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