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Automate your busywork

"Efficiency is intelligent laziness" ~ David Dunham
Automate your busywork
By Jen at asmi.io • Issue #7 • View online
“Efficiency is intelligent laziness” ~ David Dunham

How we wish that we had more hours in the day! A problem that is all too common - whether you are a freelancer or a small business owner, too many things to do and not enough time.
In this issue, we explore tools & techniques that can automate some tasks off your lists while saving you an extra hour or two in return.
How to get started?
6 Ways to Automate Simple Work Tasks
5 ways to cut out busy work at work with automation
6 Ways to Automate Your Job Search
Some more tricks up our sleeve
  1. Parabola - hand off your routine data tasks by describing them in Parabola. Build once, reuse infinitely
  2. Periodix - freelance job hunting on steroids. Periodix saves you hundreds of hours by automatically searching for jobs that match your needs and putting them together in a feed
  3. Full stack solutions like Erxes (open source and hosted options available) and Outfunnel can help you automate your marketing and lead generation
  4. Automate your social media with tools like Buffer (schedule your posts), MeetEdgar (repost your old posts) and Quuu (automated curation)
  5. Feedly - collect your sources and train their bot (Leo) to show you the most relevant news or use it as your research assistant. You can even use it for job search by adding RSS feeds from job sites into Feedly
  6. On OSX, you can use apps like Alfred and Automator to automate repetitive tasks. Wondering what you can do? Cool stuff with Alfred - link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4. Cool stuff with Automator - link 1, link 2, link 3
  7. What about Windows?, you ask! There are Robotask and Winautomation for your rescue. Linux tends to be a little more technical, but this article outlines a few ways
  8. Make sure to setup automatic backups for the data on your machine. Use Time Machine or Acronis on OSX, backup functionality on Windows and as usual, a few technically inclined options on Linux
How can we help you automate your work?
At Asmi, we are always exploring ways to automate your workflows and help you get more time for the things you love. Here are some features from our roadmap…
  1. Inbound job leads
  2. Automated data collection from clients
  3. Scheduled payment follow-ups with clients
  4. Recurring invoices and automated payments
  5. Lead capturing and integrated chat bots for your website
Where do you spend a lot of time other than your actual work? Let us know, so that we can try and automate it for you. 😉
Reads & Resources
A Day in the Life of a Successful Freelancer
Bookkeeping 101: A Beginner’s Guide On Where To Start
6 steps every creator should follow when making an annual plan
6 steps every creator should follow when making an annual plan
50 Free Excel Templates to Make Your Life Easier
Freelancing in 2020: Survey Results on Life as a Freelancer | Dinghy
Chatter
  1. I love freelancing - Freelancing doesn’t get better than when clients appreciate your hard work and pay early without a fuss.
  2. What I’ve learned from 10 years of freelancing and remote work - Twitter thread
  3. I just made my first $50K freelancing! - Reddit
  4. Can musicians in quarantine play music together via Zoom, FaceTime and Skype? - The answer is yes … kinda, but it won’t be the same
  5. Reginé ends her Zoom calls by physically waving. Do you? 🤔
View our previous newsletters here.
If you enjoyed this newsletter, feel free to forward this email to a friend! And do share how you’re automating your work at [email protected]✌️.
Visit us at asmi.io to learn about the platform that we’re building for freelancers.
- Jennifer
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