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Working Smarter – Pt. 2 Automate the Answers

In continuing with the Working Smarter, Not Harder series, remember that having more people to manage doesn’t have to mean working more hours. In order to survive being the leader of a large organization you need to eliminate, mitigate and delegate duties that are not the best use of your valuable time.

This blog started as a way for me to answer questions before they were asked. While I appreciate the kudos for providing a wealth of information, it’s really here to save me time in answering individual questions on a routine basis.

For example, one FAQ I get is from potential recruits who want to work their direct sales business using Internet Marketing (yet frequently these same people have zero IM knowledge and want me to teach them everything I’ve learned over the decade). It didn’t take me long to figure out I was eating up a large chunk of my time responding to this same question. Thus the post: My Online Direct Sales Business was developed to answer these questions.

Another question that can be time consuming to respond to is How do you make samples? Voila – the answer is right here.

Answering questions before they are asked saves you time and generally serves up well informed recruits. On occasions where someone still asks these common questions without first finding the answer on this blog, I can simply send them the link to my response. I cannot begin to tell you what a time saver this has been.

If you don’t yet have a blog or external website you can still take advantage of this method by writing similar articles/responses to your most commonly asked questions and then saving them into a text file. The next time you receive an email asking a common question you can merely cut and paste the response and move on to others tasks which will help build your business.

Here’s to a productive 2011!

About the Author: Laurie Ayers is a WAHM from Michigan and a Superstar Director with Scentsy Wickless Candles. She enjoys helping others start and maintain a candle business. You can find Laurie at https://la.Scentsy.us, http://www.ThrivingCandleBusiness.com or http://www.Twitter.com/thrivingcandle

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