Most people think that entrepreneurs spend their days figuring out new ways to make money – the truth is that successful entrepreneurs are usually figuring out ways to save time. The smoother and more efficient their day to day operations are, the easier it is for them to focus on growing their business, developing new innovations, and, in some cases, changing the world. Let's take a moment to explore five highly effective technology time-savers.

1. Keeping Data Safe

Most small business owners and entrepreneurs don't have access to an in-house IT security team.

Unfortunately, this means that data security is usually an afterthought until it's too late.

If you'd like to avoid a crash-and-burn nightmare scenario involving the loss of your data – or worse, your data falling into the wrong hands – consider implementing an incident management system immediately.

2. Customer Service Solutions That Actually Solve Problems

Sometimes businesses do just fine with customer acquisition... but struggle with customer retention. A lot of this boils down to customer service. In a small business or startup scenario, many entrepreneurs struggle to balance their current assignments and helping pre-existing customers.

The solution? Knowing when to delegate.

Smart entrepreneurs use systems like Boomsourcing to rapidly scale their customer care services on-demand and as necessary.

3. Use a Customized Time Management System

You've probably read about all the different ways to schedule yourself and manage your time, but smart entrepreneurs know that there isn't a "one size fits all system." Explore your options and figure out what works for you. Maybe that involves an app, maybe it involves a pen and paper: it doesn't matter as long as you're working efficiently.

4. Fire Bad Clients

While not directly tech-related, there's probably more than one entrepreneur who knows what it's like to have endless calls, texts, and emails from a client who just seems to never be satisfied. Learn how to fire your bad clients so you can focus on the ones that understand and wish to be a part of your vision.

5. Using Their Technology Devices as Long as Possible

Entrepreneurs understand that you "don't fix it if it ain't broke," meaning that sometimes it's better to give up your dreams of having the latest and greatest gadgets and technology unless you really need them. It also means taking good care of the ones you already have – for example, your phone, tablet, and other gadgets are properly protected, right? Right?

Learn more about making technology work for you (and not the other way around) or drop Marty Van Heusen a line.