Want to make sure your business succeeds online? Of course you do! And, thanks to a wide-variety of online tools and software, the streamlining process for your business has never been more effective and easy-to-accomplish. In fact, here are 15 ways you can use these online resources to streamline success for your business.
1. Day-to-Day Tasks
As you’re already well-aware, being a business owner requires you to wear multiple hats. Thanks to a number of online tools, however, you can simplify your day-to-day operations. For example, there’s Zapier. It’s a tool used to connect your most commonly used apps so you can move data and automate tasks.
2. Project Management
Trying to schedule meetings, keeping your entire team on the same page, and collaborating with others can be a major hassle. There are now more than enough tools to help handle these otherwise daunting tasks. Here are a couple of recommended project management tools.
- Asana: Communicate with your team without email.
- Wrike: Collaborate and share files in real-time.
- Basecmap: Popular project management tool that helps you complete projects.
- Evernote: Take notes and share with your team.
- Sunrise Calendar: Free calendar so you can never miss an appointment.
If you use a tool like Google Analytics, you can keep an eye on the health of your company’s website. The information Google Analytics provides lets you know where your site visitors are coming from and what they’re doing on your website.
4. Email Marketing
Embarking on an email marketing campaign can be a lengthy process. However, a service like MailChimp helps you send targeted emails to your audience on a regular basis through automation. You can even use MailChimp to discover subscriber profiles and when is the best time to send out an email.
5. Social Media Management
Keeping tabs on all of your social media accounts is another task business owners don’t always have time for. But, it’s a necessity if you want to successfully grow your business. Hootsuite and Buffer are both trusted apps to manage and monitor social media platforms. Sujan Patel also has some other recommendations on Entrepreneur like BuzzSumo, Mention, and Oktopost.
6. Digital Marketing
Your marketing efforts are ever growing and ever changing. So, why not take a load off and use tools like Surveymonkey, Unbounce, and Constant Contact to help you with customer feedback so that you can discover exactly what customers are expecting from your business.
Accounting is absolutely essential, but it’s another task that most business owners dread. With software like Wave, you can handle all of your accounting needs online. Whether it’s general bookkeeping, invoicing, payroll, and personal finance. Due.com can track the time your spend on a project, as well as send out recurring online invoices.
8. Customer Relation Management
Top-notch customer support is one of the best ways to get customers talking about your business, which in turn leads to more referrals. Platforms like Salesforce have proven to be a great assist for businesses in the past. You can also try these tools like Insightly, Pipedrive, and Sprout Social to help you engage with customers.
Running a business is hard work. But, the ones that succeed are the ones who have figured out how to be more efficient. With Productivity tools like Producteev, Wunderlist, RescueTime, and Pocket you can manage your time more wisely and stay on track so you can focus on tasks that matter.
10. Website Creation/Management
Your website is often going to be the first contact a potential customer has with your company. You can easily create landing page with LeadPages. If you already have a killer website, you can enhance it with:
- LiveEngage: A powerful customer engagement tool that goes right on your website.
- Optimizely: Test your website to improve customer experience.
- Wufoo: Create online forms for your site.
11. Human Resources
No matter how awesome your product or service is, you need a stellar team to help deliver a great customer experience. With online tools like The Resumator, Effortless HR, and TribeHR, you can find and train the best employees possible.
Selling your products online has never been easier. Thanks to platforms like Shopify, Magento, Bigcommerce, Miva Merchant, and the WooCommerce plugin for WordPress, you can create and manage an online shop in just a couple of minutes.
13. Brand Reputation Management
Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Nowadays you don’t have to put as much time into tracing your online reputation. You can search for what other are saying about you by using IceRocket or Social Mention. Trackur also allows you to monitor what’s being said about your brand. And, Google’s handy Me on the Web can be used to track employee mentions. Managing what others say about you online has never been so easy.
No matter where you are in the world, you can now have a global workforce or chat with clients whenever you need to. Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Speek, and HipChat are all great resources to help you conveniently communicate with team members, host a conference call, or speak with customers.
Because of everything else you’re worried about when running a business, it’s completely understandable to forget about the security of your website. Hosting is one tool that can ensure that you important information is safely stored online. Lookout is a great security tool for mobile devices. And, you can put your customers fears to ease with a TRUSTe Verified Seal.
As technology solutions continue to grow, owning and running your business has become much easier. Use these tools to help you work smarter, not harder.
1 Key to Blogging Happiness and Success
In today’s heavily charged political climate you may want to debate, outright fight or criticize people on social media.
Maybe the news seems to magically draw you in to negative, toxic headlines.
I have a little secret that keeps me happy most of the time.
Goodness knows following this secret promoted my blogging success.
The secret: I see fighting as fear so I do not get caught up in kicking a dog when it’s down.
This is code for: I largely do not engage fearful, unhappy folks. If I do engage said folks, rest assured the chats last for a few seconds, if that.
Why Doing this Makes You a Happy and Successful Blogger
Avoiding unhappy people automatically makes you happier because nature abhors a vacuum. Ignore fear. Ignore unhappiness. Loving, happy people move into your life since love is the opposite of fear and happiness is the opposite of unhappiness. Many of these happy, successful people will be clients, customers and rocking bloggers who promote you and endorse you.
Ignoring folks having a moment, or perhaps, having a tough life just allows them to find their balance on their own. You are a leader, not a savior.
If a trusted friend is going through a difficult time you can be a sounding board for a bit. No worries there. But even this sounding board stage has its limits and you eventually need to move on to allow these folks to find clarity and peace on their own. This benefits both parties.
Happiness and Success Is an Energy Thing
Folks wonder why I smile in most of my travel pictures. I smile because I am predominantly happy. I am predominantly happy because I see fighting as fear, and I do not kick a dog when it’s down, meaning I do not engage, chat with or try to convince fear-filled, fighting folks on social media, through my blog and through my email.
I do this because I have compassion for these fear-filled folks. Especially for fear-filled folks who fight about politics, religion or whatever topic these individuals are unclear on.
Typically, most of these fear-filled, unclear folks find other fear-filled, unclear folks to complain to, and they all agree in their fear and lack of clarity, and disguise their fear as passion or a love of their political party, or whatever sounds good, to soothe their bruised egos, and their unclear, fear-filled minds. Either way, the dog is down, and since I was once in the same position is life, I ain’t kicking.
Following this practice has dramatically raised my energy from fear to love. Raising my predominant vibe from fear to love has helped me be in harmony with the world, which made me:
- an energetic networker
Taking on these qualities accelerated my blogging success and grew my happiness, because happy, successful bloggers are generous, prolific, helpful and energetic networkers.
But you need to move up the energetic ladder to embody these traits and that involves leaving those fear-filled, unclear folks near the bottom of the ladder. Even if they appear to be successful, blogging business wise, rest assured that their political or religious fight is fear, manifest.
You can still be connected with them and chat casually here and there about blogging or other topics where they vibe love, not fear, but you will be leaving many of these folks behind until they face, embrace and release their deeper fears, to vibe more from love and clarity, so they can join you on higher rungs of the energetic ladder.
Surround Yourself with Loving, Generous Bloggers
Loving, kind, generous bloggers promote your blogging success by showing you the way.
These folks also lift your spirits, making you a happier blogger.
Seek them out. Promote successful bloggers. Comment on their blogs.
Be happier, healthier and wealthier.
1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific
I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.
I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.
A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.
Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.
Not super shabby.
I am kinda prolific.
If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.
Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.
Do not wait to create.
Do Not Wait to Create
The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.
Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.
Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.
I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.
Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.
No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.
All because I chose not to wait to create.
Being Prolific Impacts Folks
Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:
awesome!! Congrats Ryan – one of the hardest working bloggers on the planet you are!!
— CoreyHinde-GoodOil (@thecorsta) July 16, 2018
I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.
Tips to Be Prolific
- Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
- Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
- Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
- Do not wait to create
- Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.
Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.
How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck
I lose blogging momentum sometimes.
You may be in the same boat, being human and all.
But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.
I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.
You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.
1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive
I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!
Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.
What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.
If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.
2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles
Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.
Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.
I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.
Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.
3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers
I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.
Each day I:
- do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
- exercise for 1 hour
- usually take an icy cold shower
- focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes
I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.
You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.
Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.
Wrapping it Up
Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.
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