Zapier is a Time Machine
Yes that is right, Zapier is a time machine, a business automation tool that can be harnessed to save you countless hours, which would otherwise be spent working in your business. These hours can be reinvested to work on your business, not in your business, which means that you’re focusing on your business growth rather than filing away an electronic receipt in your inbox.
Put another way, Zapier provides real estate note investors and all types of business owners with the means to focus on the forest, instead of the branch on a single tree in the forest, which is why Zapier is a metaphorical time machine to the real estate note investor or business owner. Zapier is a business automation tool that can’t be overlook by any business looking to move their bottom line in the positive direction.
So what is Zapier?
What is Zapier?
Zapier is a service that helps you connect common business applications, like MailChimp or Google Docs, with business automation tool workflows which can be leveraged to automatically complete the repetitive, low-value tasks that need to be completed in your business. With more than 1,000 applications integrating with Zapier, there are an insane number of applications, all leading to increased time savings for your business.
Everyone knows that Time = $, but more importantly, time well spent on your business = $. You might be wondering what types of companies are using Zapier to help automate their business
Zapier Used by Big Players
You are in good company when it comes to the use of Zapier. Companies like BuzzFeed, Fox, Adobe and Spotify are actively employing Zapier integrations to build business automation tools into their businesses. Not only are large companies using Zapier, small companies, real estate investors and real estate note investors are leveraging Zapier to squeeze efficiencies out of their businesses. This ultimately leads to making more money at the end of the day.
The beautiful thing is that Zapier is FREE for people that are starting out and building automation into their business. When you start to scale up what they call zaps, or automations, then you can upgrade to their $20/month membership. The only membership level above that is a team membership level, which is currently $250/month. This is the current pricing structure that they have listed on their website, you can go directly to their website pricing here.
So for those of you that are on a tight budget, you can’t make an excuse that Zapier will hurt your bottom line. In fact, Zapier would pay for itself if you were on one of their paid memberships. So why should you care about this whole Zapier thing and its use as a business automation tool?
Why You Should Care?
Anyone that has a business, full or part-time, should seriously consider Zapier as a tool to help them move the ball forward. This includes real estate businesses and real estate note investing businesses. While there are some investors that are full-time real estate note investors, the large majority of real estate note investors are working their business on the side, in a part-time capacity.
For anyone that is serious about their business, Zapier accelerate business momentum and growth through automation.
Build Business Automation Tools = Reach Goals Faster
Building business automation tools helps you achieve your real estate note investing goals faster. For every business owner, they want to be spending their time working on their business, working to build new clients, products and ultimately revenue. Unfortunately as a business owner you also need to be concerned the small stuff too, which is the minutia in a business. Those small tedious tasks, like filing your receipts, recording a recent contact in your Rolodex or creating an invoice are the repetitive tasks that need to have automation applied to them.
Progressively building business automation tools and efficiencies in your business naturally allows your business to accelerate like a rocket towards business goals. Zapier is an business automation tool that can be leveraged for FREE to move the ball closer to your goals.
I hope that I have wet your appetite and you’re ready for the main course, building out your first business automation zap using Zapier.
Start Saving Time NOW: Guide to Building Your First Zap
Simple zaps, or business automation tool workflows, can be built in Zapier quickly and efficiently. As you create more complicated zaps, the difficulty and upfront work proportionately grows. So lets pick a quick zap to build out, I’m going to choose: Add New Google Sheet Updates to a MailChimp List.
Add New Google Sheet Updates to a MailChimp List
Zapier has a very user-friendly interface that will walk you through a series of steps to get your zap created and automating. Lets walk through the steps I took to create this zap.
Zapier will prompt you to create a new Google Sheet to be used for the zap.
Following Zapier’s easy interface, it has prompted me to create a new sheet in Google Sheets.
I logged into Google Sheets and made a new blank sheet.
Here I named the spreadsheet and put a couple of column headers at the top of the page.
Navigate back into Zapier and you will see my Google Sheets Account has connected to Zapier.
Now we’re getting into building the zap, I set the trigger column to activate the zap and choose the specific spreadsheet I wanted to use.
After connecting your specific spreadsheet, Zapier will attempt to pull sample data to make sure that everything is working properly.
After entering some sample data into the spreadsheet to be used as a test by Zapier, you can see above that Zapier recognized the test data, so everything is working like planned.
Now we move onto the 2nd step of the zap, which is adding the e-mail address to your MailChimp subscription list.
Here we’re selecting the appropriate MailChimp account.
Next we select the appropriate MailChimp list as well as the field that will be pulled in for the e-mail address of the new subscriber.
After a few more confirmation screens, your zap is complete, and you can see that it is currently active on Zapier. Congratulations you have created your first zap! Now we need to put the zap to use and enjoy the automation at work.
I created a shareable link to the Google Sheets spreadsheet above. Let’s do a quick test to make sure that this zap is working properly.
After entering a few new members to my spreadsheet, the zap ran automatically and pulled in the new contacts into MailChimp.
So we’re all done with our zap, the automation has been completed. You can see that the contacts I added into the spreadsheet were added right into my MailChimp list.
I wanted to put together this example to demonstrate the simplicity in the creation of automation and the power that can be achieved through Zapier. Obviously this is a very simple example, however this same zap could be scaled and fine-tuned to be a very powerful business automation tool to use in your business. The more automation, the more time that you have to focus on the more important elements of your real estate note investing business.
Need Help Getting Started?
While some of you will read this article and instantly jump into the world of Zapier, others may need some help getting started. If you need some help and would like to schedule a time to speak with me, e-mail me at email@example.com. In this FREE consultation, I’d be happy to sit down with you and go over some of your automation options for your real estate note investing business.
Call to Action
Now is your chance to start building more momentum into your business through automation. It is small gradual changes that will result in massive results in your business overtime. Take 10-minutes to look through Zapier and see how you can start to build automation into your business.
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