Five top time-saving tools for soloists

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feature-clockwork-thumbIf there’s one thing sole traders are starved of, it’s time. Fortunately, the vast range of technology options open to modern day start-ups provide plenty of time-saving tools designed to help time-poor entrepreneurs.

 

Peter Bradd, chief executive of Scribblepics and a director of Fishburners, has some basic tips to help you save time. Like many entrepreneurs, his advice is based on his own experience.

 

“For me, it’s about being distracted. It’s a massive time killer,” Bradd says.

 

“I use practical tools from Siimon Reynolds’ Why People Fail book… Make sure you’re working [on] only the most important things. Focus, focus, focus.”

 

So how do you maintain focus and save time? StartupSmart consulted the start-up scene to identify five top time-saving tools.

 

 

1. Lean Canvas

 

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Web-based product Lean Canvas was built on the premise that business plans take too long to write, are seldom updated and are almost never read by others.

 

Lean Canvas solves this problem using a one-page business model. You can outline multiple possible business models on a canvas in one afternoon, as opposed to weeks or months.

 

“We use a Lean Canvas for any idea or project to ensure all functionalities are met,” says Nicola Farrell, marketing coordinator of Pollenizer.

 

“Rather than going through the process of writing up a business plan, this will save a mountain of time when determining the viability of an idea.”

 

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