Here’s your Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success for this week . . .
Identify One Task You Do Regularly to Automate . . .
Are there things you do every day – or want to do every day – that you can automate? For me, this is social media. I was a late adopter of social media. Twitter was my first (and still favorite) social media site that I interacted on regularly. I got an account in 2008 (I think).
Nowadays, I interact on six sites regularly, ie:
StumbleUpon: After almost 5 years of not using this site, this summer, I dug out my account info and got active on it again.
I use SocialOomph to auto post to Twitter, the account I interact on the most. Why?
Well, I’m constantly logged onto Facebook, because I keep up with friends and family there. The others (Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and StumbleUpon), I only post to once a day at most.
Because I interact on twitter between half a dozen and a dozen times per day, I auto schedule posts because it allows me to be plugged in, without being plugged in, if you get my drift.
I check Twitter a few times a day to see if there are tweets that I need to personally respond to, but other than this, auto-tweeting keeps my product/services in front of customers while at the same time allowing me to get on with other work.
As you know, some activities (like social media) can be a major – unproductive – time suck. And as a freelancer time (not money!) is your most precious resource. So it literally and figuratively pays to maximize it wherever and whenever you can.
So do a rundown of your daily activities and see what you can automate. Even adding half an hour a day of time to your schedule can translate into thousands of dollars over time.
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