For those of us who are our own bosses, working out of our homes while juggling client demands with household responsibilities, productivity is the key to making it all work. Using our available time for billable work instead of administrative tasks is the best use of our limited hours.
Allena Tapia recently posted “5 Ways I Automated My Small Business” on Huffington Post. Her tips are practical solutions to everyday interruptions. Some are a little more tech-heavy than others. For example, I am not sure I would install a device in my home electrical system that would allow me to turn on the slowcooker via my smartphone from my upstairs office.
But I am ready to download Shoeboxed:
“Each receipt had to be recorded and filed, which killed me. I used to make $9 an hour filing papers as a secretary, and here I was wasting billable hours worth much more on the exact same task.
The solution? An app called Shoeboxed. It allows you to scan and store all receipts digitally. (But wait! There’s more!) Shoeboxed allows business owners to email receipts to themselves for digital storage, cut receipts out of screenshots, and even snail mail piles of hard copy receipts into the people at Shoeboxed for processing!”
Tapia’s other tips may offer you the solution to an administrative task that takes you away from your business’ primary function.
Laura Abrahamsen, December 03, 2013