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Small Business Tips \ JAN 4th 2017

8 Useful Hacks for Small Biz Managers

Being a small business manager nowadays is a full-time job and then some. It requires you to be a jack of all trades and dabble in a large variety of tasks – administer inventories, keep track of the books, plan marketing strategies, create a website and many more. Business managers learn early on that in order to make it through the day and stay efficient, they need the help of productivity tools and methods.

Wix is a small biz’s best friend. To support the needs of business owners and managers, we created this list of super useful hacks and tricks for keeping your business organized and profitable. These productivity hacks can declutter your workday and help you get things done so you can concentrate on goal number one: grow your business.

Use Artificial Intelligence to create a business website

Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) is a revolutionary technology that creates a gorgeous website for you based on your instructions. It literally will take you two or three clicks and you have a full website ready to publish. After ADI is finished building your website for you, you can add your own edits and touch-ups. Check out some of the amazing sites created with Wix ADI so far.

Keep moving with the Wix App

Many of the tasks involved in running a small business confine you to your office, store or studio, but the Wix App can set you free. This clever app lets you manage your business wherever you are, straight from your mobile device. Updating your blog, engaging with clients, checking up on your store orders – you can do these chores and more from your phone or tablet, without having to stay put all the time.

Automate your email communications

Automated emails is an amazing feature that boosts your communication with your customers and followers. The system is totally straightforward; you simply create triggers that are programmed to send an email as a response to your visitors’ actions. For instance, every time a visitor signs up to your newsletter, they receive an email that you prepared in advance. By setting up these pre-customized emails, you enhance your engagement with site visitors and build stronger customer relations while saving loads of time on manual extensive emailing.

Schedule your social posts

Social media content is an invaluable marketing and promotion method for small businesses with limited budgets. To maximize results from social marketing activities you need to ensure frequent and consistent posting. But few business managers have the time to be active on social media all the time. The solution? Social scheduling tools that let you create your posts in advance and set up a publishing time. This way, you maintain an active social presence and a free mind. Facebook has its own internal scheduling tool, but you can also use tools like Buffer or Post Planner for other networks.

And while you’re at it, take into account the best times to post on different channels to increase engagement and reach.

Get an app to chat with visitors

It goes without saying that you want to give your audience the best service available. Unfortunately, unless you have employees rotating around the clock, you won’t always be able to provide immediate assistance and respond to questions. Instead of leaving your customers in the lurch, let the Automatic Live Chat app help you. This app chats with your site visitors while you are offline and keeps the communication flow ongoing. It’s a huge relief to know that your visitors receive initial assistance while you are out there juggling your other tasks.

Simplify your billing needs

Online store owners would be thrilled to discover Wix Invoices, the tool that allows you to send invoices and accept payments online, completely hassle-free. Wix Invoices makes things easier both for yourself and for your customers – you get an intuitive tool to manage, organize and track your billing orders and they get a fast and simple method to pay.

Try “single-tasking”

We’ve always been taught that multitasking is the true path to success. But experience and insight show that in many cases, multitasking is not exactly the most productive way to get things done. Furthermore, it actually can distract you and obstruct your progress. It’s time to accept that multitasking is not for everyone (though we sure wish it was) and move on to single-tasking. However, to make sure your agenda does not remain stuck on the same item, we recommend you set out a daily schedule for each individual task – one hour to take care of one issue, 2.5 hours for another, etc.

Organize your folders to achieve serenity

Messy folders are not only a nuisance, they can slow you down significantly and lose you some important files. Organizing your computer and cloud folders may not be the most fun task, but you won’t regret it when your files are easily accessible and your workflow is neatly streamlined. There are many methods you can follow when you do this, but the most crucial thing here is to understand what fits best for you and to stick to that. This is a pretty thorough folder decluttering guide that you can use for inspiration.

Ready to hack your business’ success? Start by creating a  website with Wix!

by The Wix Team
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