4 Systems to Automate Your Business for Stressless Growth

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Is it time to automate your business? Have you found yourself doing everything in your business only to find you are unable to grow beyond a certain point? That is because when you try to do it all yourself you have no time to plan for your future, to see the bigger picture and what is possible in your entrepreneurial journey.  Scaling a business requires giving up things that others can do cheaper, faster and more efficiently so you can focus on those big picture plans.

As your business grows, it becomes painfully obvious that trying to do everything is only going to lead to:

  • Frustration (when critical tasks don’t get done and deadlines are missed)
  • Burn out (when you’re working yet another 12-hour day)
  • Overwhelm (when your to-do list is longer at the end of the day than it was at the beginning)

There are many ways to overcome this business-growth hurdle, but one of the most efficient is automation. Imagine a completely hands-off system that works for you even when you’re hiking on a remote mountain or lounging at a luxury spa.

But here’s an even better reason to automate: it lets you scale your business. Think about it, the less manual work you have to do, them more time you have to do the money-making tasks such as networking, marketing, and client support.

So what can you automate? Almost everything, but start with:

Paid Traffic

Chasing organic traffic can often be an exercise in frustration. You’ll spend all your time creating content for your blog, other people’s blogs, YouTube, social media, and other web properties. All that content creation leaves you little time to actually work with the clients you’re trying to attract.

Instead, invest in some quality paid traffic, and get off the endless content creation train. You’ll be glad you did.

Check out INeedHits for a paid traffic options at affordable prices

Email Funnels

What happens when a new subscriber joins your mailing list or someone buys a product? Do they just sit in waiting on your list until you have time to send an email?

While broadcast emails have their place—especially in time-sensitive promotions—be sure to also set up an autoresponder series to:

  • Welcome new subscribers and help them find their way around your site (and your offers)
  • Nurture buyers so they know they’re in the right place
  • Make additional offers based on what someone has already purchased or shown an interest in

And the best thing? Once your autoresponder is set up, it will continue to work even when you’re not.

Some of the autoresponders we recommend include aWeber,   OptinMonster,   GetResponse and ConvertKit

Social Media Management

Yes, it’s important to be personable and engaging on social media. But that doesn’t mean you have to log in to Facebook just to post a link to your latest blog or YouTube video. Automate that kind of update and save yourself hours of time each and every month. Not only that, but you won’t have to worry about missing an update, either!

Three of our favorites for social media management include: Buffer, SendOwl and Simplify

Calendar Management

If you have clients, partners, a team, or are often asked for interviews, then an automated calendar is a must. Rather than endless back-and-forth emails trying to find a mutually available time slot, simply send your calendar link and let your client, project manager, JV partner or anyone else choose a time that works for them. Your appointment will automatically appear on your calendar, and you’ll even get reminders (if your calendar supports that).

Calendly is a great free calendar tool we recommend.

There are dozens of options for automating every aspect of your small business. As you grow, you’ll find new and better tools to make everything run more smoothly. For now, though, implementing these four ideas alone will save you hours of time every month.

Note: Some of the resources mentioned are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission on any purchases made through my link. While your support is greatly appreciated, it is important to know that these resources are recommended because we know they are valuable and do the job intended.

Applying for an Affiliate Program

"Applying for an Affiliate Program"

Affiliate marketing is a great way to create passive income. There is work involved, including the promotion of the affiliate programs you have chosen to align with. But the best ones have support tools such as text, graphics, and marketing to help you promote the products for them.

Once you have decided that you want to become an affiliate marketer your next step is to find products to promote. This is done by joining an affiliate program. You need to apply and wait to be approved. Once you are approved you will be given a referral or affiliate link to use. This link is the tracking method that is used to track purchases and allocates payments into your account.

Let’s break this down a little further:

Your first step is to find an affiliate program. Once you have decided what type of products you want to promote you can look for ones that match your selection. You may want to promote health supplements, woodworking supplies and tools, and baby items or promote to an age group such as seniors, children, or expectant mothers.

As you begin searching for an affiliate program you will no doubt find tons that look suitable. Your next step is to narrow down your selections. Here are a few things to look for.

1. Ensure that the program accepts and pays affiliates from your country and/or state. Amazon for example does not accept affiliates from certain states across the U.S.

2. Make sure you can accept affiliate commissions via their payment choice. Many programs use PayPal and similar programs such as stripe and direct deposit. I would be hesitant to sign up for those that only accept direct deposit unless you are familiar with the person/company and product you are promoting. It’s important to do your due diligence to ensure the business is legit, trustworthy, and reliable.

3. See if there is a minimum payout structure in place. Certain programs require that you sell X number of products or reach a certain cash balance before being paid. Look into this and make sure you are comfortable with their terms.

4. You may need to have a website or blog in place in order to be accepted into the affiliate program. If its something you really want to promote and know your audience would be interested in those products, I suggest creating a simple website/blog before applying..

5. Check the commission payment to see if it is cash-based or reward-based. Then look to see what the percentage or payment is. Some affiliate programs offer higher percentages than others. You need to ensure that you will be rewarded for the work you are going to be putting forth.

Once you are happy with all the terms and conditions it is time to apply to the program. Again your waiting time will vary depending on the program. Some affiliate programs grant you immediate access while others take a couple of days.

As soon as your approval comes through log into your affiliate account and make sure you understand how everything works. Be sure to add your payment details so that you get paid.

If you have any questions always contact the vendor or their affiliate manager. Start promoting and enjoy your rewards.

Be sure to check out the FREE 5 Day Affiliate Marketing Course. After all, its FREE!

5 Major Advantages Of Running A Webinar

"5 Major Advantages Of Running A Webinar"

There are several benefits to running a webinar. If you want to generate leads and sales then a webinar usually delivers very high conversion rates. A good webinar will convert at around 20% while other marketing methods will only achieve 1 – 5% conversions. Here are 5 major reasons why you should run webinars:

It will Save you Time and Money

Your webinar participants will watch the webinar from their home or office. This removes the inconvenience of travel for the participants and also for the organizer. Indeed, you can subtract logistics and event costs from the equation. 

Participants can come from different countries in the world, which is much more difficult to achieve with a physical event. This opens up to a much larger target, offering a much wider possibility of visibility. 

You can Interact with your Audience

Interactivity is increased during a webinar, as participants can very easily ask questions via a chat or comments system. Thus, the speaker can see the questions scroll, and deal with them according to their relevance. 

Some tools also allow the speaker to ask a question in the form of a poll, seeing the answers displayed live. Thus, a real relationship is established between the speaker and the webinar participant. Participants feel more invested, more interested, because you are taking into account their opinions and comments directly.

You can get Precise Metrics about your Webinars

You can see precise statistics on each of your webinar events. It is possible to know the exact number of participants, the time they spent on the webinar, their commitment, their interest in a particular product or service, where they came from and so on. This is very good information for you to use to improve future webinars that you run.

Live Content is always Popular

People like live events and they will be happy to attend your webinar to learn something new. You can also record your webinar and use this recording to generate more interest in your products and services.

You can share the replay after your webinar event on your website and via your social channels. Not everyone that registered will have been able to attend the live event so watching the replay is the next best thing.

Generate Leads and Sales

Once you have delivered value in your webinar you can pitch a related offer to the attendees. If you have done a good job so far and are prepared to answer any questions your attendees have then they will be more inclined to purchase your offer.

Not everyone is going to purchase during the live event so you can follow up with all the people that registered for your webinar using email marketing afterwards. Send them a link to the replay in your emails so that they can watch it if they missed the live event.

There are many service providers offering webinar platforms with all of the features and tools that you need to run a successful webinar. If you plan your webinar properly and provide value to your attendees then you are going to get the best results.