A large part of running a successful business is interacting with other people – it’s part of the landscape, unfortunately, and ‘just the way it is.’ Of course, when you’re an introvert, this can cause huge amounts of problems, and after a few hours of communication every day, it can be downright exhausting.
However, the good news is that we live in a world where automation is available – and incredibly handy for introverts. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at how you can use automation to minimize the number of people you have to communicate with on a daily basis, without losing that all-important communication.
Let’s take a closer look at some of your options right away.
Automate your emails
Emails are as much a part of the modern business world as phone calls, these days. And as an introvert, you might spend an agonizingly long time reading and responding to them, poring over every word. But it’s time you don’t really have if you want your business to succeed, so why not look at automation for the solution? Automate responses to all low-priority emails, and write them in advance before scheduling them to send at the appropriate time. You’ll still get your messages across, but you will endure fewer distractions and save yourself a ton of time.
Automate your suppliers
It’s not just customers that need to speak to you – it’s also the people that supply you a service. The good news is that there is plenty you can do, from using online recruitment agencies to find freelancers or temporary workers on your behalf, through to outsourcing your IT or remote network monitoring to a third party company. Ultimately, the fewer people you have to speak to on a daily basis, the more energy you will have to put into growing your business.
Automate your phone calls
Believe it or not, you can even automate your phone calls. As an introvert, you are likely to know how overwhelming the telephone or smartphone can be when you run a business. There’s barely an hour that goes by without the dreaded ringtone giving you a huge jolt – and yet another person to converse with. The trouble is, if you don’t answer, you lose business unless, that is, you start automating your calls. OK, so this might sound like an introvert’s dream, but it also makes good business sense. When you use an automated phone system, it means you don’t have to hire a whole bunch of employees, it guarantees you will get a customer message, and research suggests that it can result in an increase of 50 percent in productivity.
Automate your social media
Finally, don’t forget about good old social media. It’s another vital part of the way you communicate with customers, but it’s also time-consuming to compose, monitor and post updates. Instead, why not check out the many editorial calendars that exist on the market to be more efficient? You can even send automated responses when people post on your page, which will dramatically reduce the time you spend monitoring your social media reports.
As you can see – automation can give you a huge boost. Good luck, and hope this helps!