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5 Tasks Your Online Home Business Can Do On Autopilot

When you run an online home business time and money are limited. So you ensure that you can devote as much time as possible to tasks that generate income. The most successful online businesses use automation in some form or another. You just can’t keep up with everything if you try and handle them manually. Here are 5 ways you can automate tasks for your online home business.

1. Blog Post Publishing

To rank well in the search engines and stay relevant you need to post new and high quality content onto your website a regular basis. The best way to do this is to set up a blog. When you have a blog post ready to publish, you don’t want to have to log into your website and carry out this task manually. All of the top blogging platforms, like WordPress, have built-in scheduling capabilities. This means you can write several posts at once, and schedule them for specific publishing dates in the future.

2. List-Building

One of the most important tasks for your online home business is developing a list of email subscribers. Whenever someone visits your website, offer them a free resource or product in return for their email address. Your autoresponder software can then send them your freebie on autopilot. You can literally schedule a year’s worth of email delivery ahead of time. This improves the relationship you have with your audience.

3. Social Media

Social media allows you reach out and connect with your target audience. The online world has become very social and your customers are using platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Your online home business needs to be on social media too, but it takes a lot of time to log-in to all the social media sites every day. There are plenty of social media automation tools which can schedule your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram posts.

4. Comment Moderation

Your website content can become a magnet for internet trolls and spam. Akismet software saves you time by filtering incoming comments that are nothing more than click-bait, trash and self-serving backlinks.

5. Website Research

Google Alerts will send you a notification every time a relevant search term or topic appears somewhere on the web. For example, if your online home business is about childcare, you can set up a Google alert for “child car-seat guidelines”. Ensure your search terms are included in quotes or you could be bogged down with the amount of notifications you receive.

Small Businesses Are Often Crushed As Corporations Attempt to Take Over the Market

Perhaps the biggest problem with crony capitalism is how it hurts our small business job growth engine which thus, determines the very strength of our economy. When a corporation finds a political bed fellow in Washington DC, they can request legislative changes in the law that favor them and hurt their smaller competitors. Once these smaller businesses become bankrupt, the corporate giants could increase their prices again. This obviously hurts our economy in several ways:

1. Higher Prices – consumers pay more and this decreases their buying power and standard of living
2. Small Businesses Close – job losses
3. Barriers to Entry – other businesses cannot compete and this exacerbates the first two problems

Often that is the evolution of business, what is unfortunate is when it works out that way due to crony-capitalism, or the good ole’ boy networks in towns and states, or the insidiousness of Ivy League fraternity nepotism with friends in high-places. There are scoundrels in our midst. Just as a homeless alcoholic will hold up a sign for food, and duly take your hard-earned donated cash to his fraudulent cause not to the bank or grocery store but to the nearest liquor store down the street or more often next door for the laziest of panhandlers, we can expect that humans will always attempt to cheat the system to their advantage regardless of what that system is.

It doesn’t matter if it is a pretty boy prosecutor lawyer or a mobster on the FBI wanted list – it’s fraud, it’s steeling and it is unethical – that’s the problem. I am not complaining about the system, it is better here than in other countries – at least there is the illusion of free enterprise, rather I am just ‘observing humans in their natural habitat,’ this world of modernity overlay on what is basically the same human brain DNA sequencing with the same physiological needs from the last 20,000 years, or last 5,000 if you are a Christian.

So do we bother to follow the money, if so, do we follow the alcoholic bum into the liquor store to prove ourselves right? Do we put more regulations on corporations, lobbyists, small businesses? That’s probably worse, we make the system even more inefficient. Should we just reduce regulations and not give corporations an advantage, I mean they don’t need an advantage, they already have one – it’s size – law of bigness – it’s practically a natural law of the jungle right?

Do we watch every business with massive surveillance? Do we profile everyone who runs a business, even if our modeling is based on false axioms of logic, only to find we locked the door and threw away the key to our success by trashing on the integrity of the last honest standout? Are all corporations bad?

No. Do they do what’s in their best interests, of course? Doesn’t everyone for the most part do what is or what they perceive to be in their best interests at the time, to get what they want? The question is why do we allow our politicians to accept bribes in the form of lobbying? If we prevented that our free-market system would be preserved far better and in a more efficient manner as well.

Now then, a good book to read on the subject of small businesses being taken over by large ones, consider; “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers,” by Motley Fools. Please think on this.