Working long hours? You're not alone, so can tech help?

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Working long hours? You're not alone, so can tech help?

If you run a small business, there's a good chance that you doing the equivalent of an extra day's work each week - or even more.

According to a new survey by SME software provider MYOB, 59 percent of Australian full-time SME operators work more than 35 hours a week. Close to 25 percent put in more than 45 hours, and 3 percent spend more than 65 hours at work.

Yet a good proportion of respondents indicated the importance of a balanced lifestyle - there's little chance of that if you're working 65 hours a week.

It gets worse. Almost half of the operators spend two hours or less on business development, and more than half don't have enough time for all their administrative tasks.

So MYOB points out that its products can substantially reduce data entry tasks "by up to 10 hours a month," presumably through features such as bank feeds which are also available in other accounting systems.

Other types of automation we've previously described include the integration of POS and accounting systems (QuickBooks Point of Sale; Kounta and MYOB, QuickBooks, Saasu and Xero), and rostering and accounting systems (Roster with ROSS and Xero) , and receipt and invoice processing (DocketBank, Sage Point&Claim, expensemanager, and Shoeboxed, Evernote, ExpenseMagic, Expensify and Receipt Bank).

So what's your top tech tip for saving time at work? Please share it in the comments.

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