Running a business, whether large or small, takes TIME. And if your business is a side hustle, time is likely at a premium.
When you are balancing family, business and oftentimes a full-time job…you need to know which tools you can use to keep things moving along….even if you are not hovering over your business constantly.
These 6 Tools Will Help You Automate Your Business and Maintain your work/life balance without breaking the bank.
Even if you have only been working on your business for a day, you have surely run across guides that talk about how important it is to build an email list and engage with subscribers.
I personally use MailerLite and have found it to be simple and straightforward to use. Setting up an automation sequence is easy, allowing emails to be scheduled in advance with customizable options to ensure they head to the right recipients.
Plus, MailerLite is free up to 1000 subscribers, making it a great option for beginners who may not have a lot of cash on the side to invest.
IFTTT stands for “If This, Then That” and is a free automation software that allows you to set automation triggers to complete tasks.
You could get lost in playing with all of the options available. IFTTT can automate smart home devices, collect data and automatically give you news and weather reports.
I like using the software to schedule pins to Pinterest and automatically thank new followers on Twitter. These are tasks that help move the business forward, but are small enough that it would be time-consuming to do consistently on my own.
If you are struggling with ideas of what to share on your social media or quickly need to curate content, then Post Planner is a good option.
Finding the free plan on the site is a bit tricky, but you can access it here. The free plan allows you to publish to one social media account for free, but you can search the site for ideas and inspiration to curate to other accounts, as well.
Hootsuite is another social media scheduler that allows you to post up to 30 posts over three social channels on its free plan.
This makes it easy to curate content over multiple channels. Plus, the Hootsuite Chrome Extension easily adds posts to your social media scheduling calendar without actually having to open up your Hootsuite dashboard.
Though not free, Tailwind is such a time-saver when you are trying to boost your Pinterest ( which, btw brings the most traffic to my sites). You can easily schedule pins at various intervals and share from tribes and the web with just a few clicks.
Try it for one month free and see what a difference it can help make to your Pinterest and web traffic.
Regardless of your following, Insta is a great way to get exposure to your website, business or brand.
Later is an easy post scheduler that allows you to schedule up to 30 posts a month completely free. It won’t replace the power of engagement, but will at least spare you from having to think up an insta post on the fly AND post it at an optimal time.