Summer is one of the busiest times of the year. It’s wedding season, back to school is only a few weeks away and many of us have our own holiday plans booked. You might find yourself wishing that there was two of you or that there were more hours in the day. Well, there’s a way to make things easier for yourself.
Instead of working around the clock you can establish systems that allow you to complete general tasks more quickly, freeing up your time and allowing you to focus on developing and making your business more profitable. Below are some tips to help you get started!
SET YOUR PRIORITIES
Write down a list of lower priority, repetitive tasks that can be systemized so they’re easier for you to accomplish. This might be shipping, marketing, bookkeeping or responding to frequently asked questions from customers.
If you employ an assistant or helper of some description then you can set up systems for tasks that aren’t your forte or that you just don’t enjoy. For example, if you aren’t a social media or email guru you could pass those jobs on to an assistant so that you can focus on your main talents and passions; aka taking pictures.
By creating clear business policies you are also creating time-saving systems. For example, if you get a lot of questions about how clients can purchase extra prints as well as an album then add some step by step instructions for customers in your policies page. This will mean you spend less time going back and forth with customers about the process.
JUST DO IT
By establishing systems for repetitive tasks you will have more time to focus on taking pictures, reaching out to potential customers and expanding your brand. You will not only improve how your business operates but also your work/life balance.
THREE FEATURES TO USE ON THEIMAGEFILE
So there are three features on theimagefile that can help you put certain aspects of your business on to auto-pilot.
The first thing is the Timers feature can save you time by doing regular tasks within your collections automatically or remind you of specific tasks so that nothing gets forgotten.
Secondly, you can use any of our print partners to take care of orders and shipping for you. It is so easy – you literally have the funds taken, invoices written, orders forwarded to your labs and then shipped to your customer or yourself. Plus, we are really proud of being partnered with the best print labs in the business, so there will definitely be someone that would work for your business in our list.
Finally, you can use our retouching service, Pro Image Editors, to outsource another routine task to save you time. This service offers our members great discounted rates on their Image Selection, Colour Correction, Retouching and Album Design.