Working at a funeral home can mean wearing 17 different hats in a day. Between meeting with families, completing paperwork, directing services, and managing the funeral home; finding free time can be difficult. I bet you can count on one hand the number of times this year there’s been nothing to keep you busy. With a task list that’s never ending and only 24 hours in day; it’s important to make your time count.
Your list of things to do is never going to go away. But, there are ways you can streamline certain parts of it, and use different tools and strategies to save precious minutes every day. After all, you’ve got to make every second count right?
The easiest way to save yourself time and get more done is to break things down and delegate them across your team. To get started, make a list of everything you need to get done. This is the foundation of your planning. Make sure to start each day or week off by reviewing your list and what lies ahead.
Once you’ve got your list, it’s time to set priorities. Look at what you need to get done now and what can wait. Take some time to set a priority level for each task and start scheduling out your day.
Last but not least, get your team involved. Once you’ve planned out everything that needs to be accomplished, start to delegate where you can. If you group similar tasks together and delegate them to your team, you can save time and create a more efficient process.
Our Task Manager tool is the perfect solution to help you get everything listed above done. Living within our all-in-one management software, Task Manager lets you easily track, delegate, prioritize and collaborate on what needs to get done. Best of all, it lets you work across multiple locations to keep everyone working together.
Check out this video to learn more.
No one can work 24/7 around the clock. Even working for long stretches at a time can do more harm than good. It’s important to take breaks at times to give your body and mind time to recharge. You may not realize it, but this is something your body does naturally every day.
Research has found that our bodies have natural patterns where we work towards peak performance over 90-120 minutes before entering a rest/recovery period for about 20 minutes. In other words, you tend to have the most productive days when you work in cycles of 90 minute focused work periods followed by 20 minute breaks.
If you’re looking to save time at your funeral home, the easiest way to do this is by automating processes. By using different technology to help complete certain tasks automatically, you’ll save yourself hundreds of hours each year.
Millions of Americans complete some or all of their banking online. In 2020, we all want convenient solutions. An easy way to offer that is by making it possible to serve families in person and online. One such way we can help is with our DocuSign integration. Our technology makes it easy for families to electronically sign different forms and documents from home. Our website clients can even accept online payments to help you get paid faster.
From start to finish, we have tools to help you streamline different parts of an arrangement. To start, our Quote Builder tool makes it easy for families to compare their options and plan a service directly on your website. It lets them see pricing, images, what’s included plus everything else they need to make an informed decision.
Once they’re ready to move forward, you can make the cremation process easier for them too. EasyID is our virtual body identification tool. With this, the family can identify a loved one’s remains from the comfort and privacy of home through a secure web portal. Once complete, you’ll receive a notification.
Having your records organized and readily available is another way to help save time. How many requests do you get each week for different documents. From family members needing a copy of an itemized bill to death certificates and more, looking for records can eat up your time if you aren’t organized.
With the Pulse Business System, you can easily pull up records, update information, and access forms from anywhere – even on your cell phone. Check out the video below to see 5 ways this power management system can help your funeral home save time.
As a funeral director you’re busy and on the go, which means you can’t just work from your desk all day. As mentioned above, our all-in-one business system makes it possible for you to work from anywhere on any device. This is done with a tool called Arrangement Aide.
Arrangement Aide lets you work with families from anywhere. They’re provided with a secure login to complete paperwork and make payments towards the service. It’s built to make family collaboration easier for everyone. If you’re on the go and need to send a form to be signed our update a record, Arrangement Aide makes it possible to do everything you need to when serving a family.
Besides just funeral technology and software, there are many other tools you can use to save time. Check out this infographic we included in a recent edition of the Pulse Newsletter. These are some the tools our team uses every day to get more done and work together. Best of all, each of the tools listed below are free to use.
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Tommy holds a Communications degree from Laurentian University and an Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Certificate from St. Lawrence College. He is a Content Marketing Specialist at FrontRunner and focuses on producing engaging content that funeral homes can use to connect with families. In addition, Tommy crafts SEO content for clients and specializes in helping the general public connect with the death care industry as a whole.