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4 Tasks Every Business Owner Should Delegate & Automate

If there’s one thing that every business owner craves and seeks, it’s more time.

There never seem to be enough hours in the day to cross everything off your to-do list, strategize for the future and engage with your employees. Something almost always has to give, and the business—or you personally—end up suffering as a result. Since time is a finite resource, what can be done?

You probably have considered outsourcing some of your tasks to others within your company, but what about automating some of them too? Rather than a redistribution of your workload, automation can take even more items off of your plate (and not just shuffle them to someone else’s). Here’s a look at four areas in which automation can be a lifesaver—or at least a significant time-saver.
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Succeed in Spite of Your Disability – An ADHD’ers Guide to Getting AheadWhat do Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Airlines), Paul Orfalea (founder of Kinkos), David Neeleman (founder of JetBlue Airways), and Ingvar Kamprad (founder of IKEA) have in common?

Well, besides the undisputed fact that they are incredibly successful entrepreneurs, all of them have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

I have the latter.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADHD is classified as a disability. It is also one of the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorders, yet scientists still don’t understand its cause.

Unfortunately, 40+ years ago when I was in elementary school, ADD and ADHD did not exist. In fact, it wasn’t until 1980 that ADD and ADHD were officially introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. If parents, teachers and doctors were as in tune with it as they are today, life would have probably been a whole lot easier for me and millions of other children.

All through my childhood, even though I was labeled as an “achiever”, and received straight A’s, I was always in trouble with my teachers for talking too much, being absent-minded, daydreaming, annoying classmates with my bouncing leg and my inability to stay in my seat, not being able to finish assigned projects, work on a team, keep my desk clean, or follow instructions. [click to continue…]

If you’re a work at home parent, check out this article I wrote for WhatToExpect.com. It’s my quick summary about quitting the supposed “great job” (when I was a single mom with a 2-1/2 year old) to work for myself from home and the things I learned along the way to help give my boys a head start in business.