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Powerful Time-Saving Tools for Busy Professionals

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Business Travel

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Whether you own your own small business, manage regional sales for a national chain, or crisscross the country generating leads as a freelancer, in order to succeed in today’s connected world, you need to make the most of every minute. Luckily, there are a number of powerful tools to help business professionals manage their time more effectively in order to increase productivity and profit.

There are only 24 hours in the day, but with the right tools and technology at your disposal you can accomplish more administrative tasks—booking flights, managing a schedule, answering emails, tracking leads—and generate more business without burning the candle at both ends. After all, you still need to find some time to sleep!

Three Great Tools for Business Travelers

Every business pro on the go knows the importance of a tidy, scrupulous date book. After all, missed appointments equal missed opportunities. If you manage a business, schedule sales calls, or bill by the hour, then it’s time to consider automating your appointment book. OpenCal is web-based appointment schedule service for business professionals. With OpenCal you can book and manage appointments online, track clients, monitor your staff, and create reports and briefings instantly.

If you’re like most busy professionals, then you probably treat your inbox as a to-do list. Every morning you read emails, delete spam, and write responses, but no matter how time you spend sifting through your inbox, that stack of unread emails keeps on growing. What you need is an “Inbox Zero” approach to email management.

Here’s the set up: We all know that bad email habits waste time, sap your focus, and distract from more important and more profitable business, so the idea behind Inbox Zero is to simplify your relationship to your inbox in order to maximize efficiency.

The Inbox Zero approach asks you to “unplug”—check your email once or twice a day, instead of every fifteen minutes—and “unpack”’—get rid of accumulated emails as quickly as possible by taking one of four actions. When processing your inbox, either respond to an email immediately, delete it, delegate, or, as a last resort, defer it by placing it in folder titles “Response Needed.”

If you need to keep your finger on the pulse and generate new business leads on the go, then it’s time to sign up for the The List, a web-based service that provides business and sales professionals with exclusive access to accurate B2B sales leads from a verified database. This is a perfect tool for business travelers who need to generate sales leads on the road, manage a network of contacts, and access reliable information about brands, companies, and professionals instantly.

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