How to improve operational efficiency as a one-person business.

With these tips, you really can do it all.

Being your own boss is a huge benefit of self-employment — but being one also means you're probably the HR, IT, Accounting, Billing, and Marketing departments, too. When you have to wear so many business hats, it's essential to find tools that can help you streamline and improve operational efficiencies.

Where to start streamlining operations.

With so many different areas to manage, it can feel overwhelming to even know where to begin. Try starting with the following three:

  1. Invoicing: Billing clients is likely how you make your money, but it's also likely your least favorite task. Calculating rates, hours and due dates, generating invoices, tracking down late payments, and accounting for all of your work can feel daunting. Try digitizing your process with invoicing software. You can log hours, generate invoices, set up automatic payment reminders, and track clients with outstanding balances all from one place.
  2. Project Management: Good project management software tracks and accounts for the time you bill. Set up automated deadline alerts and reminders to keep yourself on task and visually lay out all of your projects.
  3. Documentation: When creating a business document for one client, think about repurposing it for others. You can design a fillable template that covers, for example, multiple clients' payment deadlines, late fees, and billing rates. You can also repurpose a project proposal's look and feel to make it easier to pitch new work without reinventing the wheel. Merge, extract, compress, rearrange — with good templates, you can slice and dice however you need.

Do more with your documents.

Mastering the brilliant basics is essential as you lay the groundwork for an efficient one-person business. Learn how else you can use Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat online services to streamline admin tasks to get more work done.