In 2011 it literally floors me that most folks don’t automate most of the elements of their business. Especially when it comes to home-based business, automation is the key to truly enjoying the leverage that a portable business can provide. Tim Ferriss wrote quite a bit about it in his book The 4 Hour Work Week.

I personally work about 3 – 4 hours per day Monday through Thursday. That’s when I have a babysitter come to my home to watch my daughter, Trinity. Once the sitter leaves, it’s time for me and Trini to go have fun. We venture out to various groups, go walking in the parks, etc. etc. So, automation is of particular importance to me. Plus, I simply enjoying going out and having fun. I’m a lazy entrepreneur :) But, I also like to make money…ALOT of money to afford me the lifestyle I have.

So, here’s a few ways to automate business.

1. I use a funded-proposal for all my lead generation. You can see what I use here: http://uprofitpro.com/webinar-register-2/?a_aid=475621f1&a_bid=3ced4415&chan=code15.  This completely automates my lead generation and reduces my cost for leads.I use this same system to train all my new team members so I don’t have to do it myself.

2. I use fiverr.com as much as possible for article writing, press-releases, posts to twitter, etc.

3. I use SocialOomph for automated twitter posts. I write all my posts once and then they go out as scheduled.

4. I hire vendors from Elance.com for just about everything else.

5. I have a great bookkeeper who keeps track of all my expenses, pays bills, etc.

Automation is powerful. As you start to delegate and build your team, you’ll experience great growth while at the same time enjoy lots of leverage.

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Shannon Lavenia

A former Biology teacher, Shannon started in home business in 2002 and quickly rose to the top of her field. Her and her husband, John Lavenia, grabbed the #1 spot in their company for 7 years, achieving million-dollar results. Shannon is recognized as an industry leader and trainer, specializing in helping new home business entrepreneurs expand their business and achieve their goals. She lives in Park City, Utah with her husband, daughter and dog Lucy.
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