Working Too Many Hours? 4 Great Tips to Help You Manage Your Time and Your Business Better

time managementWhile some people blog or create niche websites as a hobby, many people create blogs or websites as an online business with the intention of creating an additional or primary stream of income. As well the people that create websites with the intention of making money online are usually creating and building several websites at the same time.

Why do they do that? They do that so that they have several sites that continually make money instead of solely relying on one source.

Now you may be wondering how they are able to build and manage more than one site when there are only 24 hours in a day.

Here are 4 different ways that I know of that will help people manage all of their online businesses simultaneously and effectively and still allow them to have time to enjoy a balanced lifestyle.

Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

When growing several businesses at the same time a Virtual Assistant is a definite asset.

If you are blogging you can hire a virtual assistant to upload your posts, moderate your incoming comments, and filter any incoming requests through your contact form. They can also create your Ezine and mail it out for you.

For people that travel a lot, a virtual assistant can find the best travel deals for you and make all of the arrangements for you.

A virtual assistant can also help you manage multiple social media accounts, as well as give-aways. They can keep your customers up-to-date on the latest and greatest things going on in your business and make sure that they are all notified of any discount offers or special promotions.

Constant Contact

This is a valuable web based program that you can use to design and create professionally looking Ezines for your online business.

Constant Contact offers over 300 pre-designed Ezine templates and color schemes for you to choose from. You can also upload your company logo and any other pictures that you would like to include in your Ezine.

They provide the HTML code that you need to use to create an Ezine sign up box on your website.

Also, your Ezine can be setup with several features for your subscribers, such as "forward to a friend" and "opt in, opt out" of the Ezine.

How does Constant Contact help you manage your business more efficiently?

It helps you because you can reuse your Ezine template month after month by simply updating the content. That is pretty quick and easy. It also helps you because you can postdate the distribution of your Ezine so that it is emailed on a specific date and time whether you are at your computer or off on vacation somewhere.

Constant Contact has also recently expanded their services to include social media. You can use their service to set-up a Social Campaign on Facebook. They offer Facebook landing page templates that you can use to create a professional-looking Like page for your business.

As well you can use Constant Contact to organize your next event or to send surveys to your customers.

Check out all of their other features and their 60-day free introductory offer.

Oprius

Oprius is a web based system that helps you get organized. You can use it to build your contact list, manage your daily to do list, create successful business relationships, schedule all of your appointments, and manage your email.

It also helps you create and schedule sales campaigns when you are launching a new product or service.

Your campaign can be emailed to your entire contact list or to separate groups within your contact list.

You can also create follow-up emails and postdate them so that they are emailed as they are required, whether you are at your computer or not.

Hire a Ghostwriter

ghostwriterAs you are developing your online businesses you may want to add original content to your websites to keep them fresh and up-to-date.

Since there really are only so many hours in a day, many people hire ghostwriters to write their content for them.

That way their sites are continually growing in size, and they themselves are able to focus on other aspects of their business, or to take time off to enjoy themselves.

As you look at existing online businesses you will also notice that many of them sell eBooks with their name as the author.

Just like in the paper based world of publishing, sometimes the person shown as the author of the eBook has actually written that book, and sometimes it is written by a ghostwriter that they hired to write it.

Hiring a ghostwriter to write your blog posts and eBooks can save you a lot of time when you are managing several online businesses at the same time.

Your businesses will grow much quicker if you implement some or all of the above suggestions. You will also find that you will not need to work as many hours as you use to, which will allow you to spend more time with your family and friends.

My question to you

Do you feel like you are working too many hours? What are some ways that have helped you manage your time better?

 


Comments

    • WorkSaveLive

      WorkSaveLive 02/28/2012 7:43 a.m. #

      Since I'm new to the blogging world, I'm really ignorant on the ways out there to make my life easier. So thanks for creating this post!

      Right now, I've simply been trying to maximize my time. I work a full-time job (actually it's sometimes more than "full-time"), write blog posts any second I get, and take my remaining time to visit other blogs.

      The key for me is waking up early. In order to handle multiple sites (or 1 for that matter) while working full-time, you must hustle and maximize the hours in a day. I'm not big on losing family time (evenings), so I don't work on my blog then.

      I get up every morning around 4:30 or 5. Some mornings I work out and others are dedicated to the blog. This 1-3 hours in the morning gives me plenty of time to do what I need and I also have downtime at work that I can utilize.

      I've learned that the minutes in-between appointments and phone calls can be used to get small things done. It's all about maximizing the time we have each day.

    • CanadianBudgetBinder

      CanadianBudgetBinder 02/28/2012 1:39 p.m. #

      I'm a new blogger as well and I typically multi-task throughout my day. I use my time wisely and it seems to work out great.

      As I work irregular Full-time hours I am able to get what I need to completed and work on my blog and hang out with my fans. I believe taking the time to read other blogs is important but to get familiar with the people you are blogging for.

      I don't try, I simply make the time each day for this. If my blog grows I would certainly look into some of the great tips you have offered above.
      Thanks

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 02/28/2012 6:48 p.m. #

      There is a lot of work involved in launching and continually updating a new blog especially if you are trying to work on it, as well as work a full-time job, as well as be with family. Whew!!

      Outsourcing tasks may or may not be helpful. It depends on if your blog is making money and if you want to spend any income on other tasks.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 02/29/2012 11:43 a.m. #

      You are right! There never is enough hours in a day and it seems the more we want to do the faster the days go.

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