Top 10 IFTTT Recipes For Small Business Owners

IFTTT is like gold. It creates connections between channels (apps) that you use to allow you to streamline posts, automate tasks in your business + personal life and stay connected 24/7.

How does IFTTT work?

IFTTT, aka If This, Then That, creates 'recipes' between channels to either notify you, streamline posts between channels or track results. Connect virtually any two apps that you can imagine. Seriously! Check out all of the supported apps here.

Today I'm dishing on my top 10 IFTTT recipes for small business owners:

1. ADD NEW SQUARE PAYMENTS TO A GOOGLE SPREADSHEET

Create a recipe that allows any transaction made via Square to automatically be added to a Google Spreadsheet for you. In just seconds, you have all of the transaction history for your business stored in one place.

2. TRACK YOUR WORK HOURS IN GOOGLE CALENDAR

This recipe is perfect for tracking your daily work hours, time spent in client meetings outside of your office and running errands for work. It allows you to track your work hours by simply setting your location. When you arrive at/leave from a location, IFTTT will track the time spent at that location and put them into your Google calendar.

3. RECEIVE A NOTIFICATION 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR GOOGLE CALENDAR EVENTS

If you're anything like me, sometimes keeping up with all-of-the-meetings, errands and daily to-dos is hard. Now you can forget setting alarms and reminders for each meeting!

This recipe sends you a notification roughly 15 minutes before each Google Calendar event begins. How handy is that?

4. SHARE YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK

Using IFTTT to share photos between all of my channels has been a life saver! This recipe sends your new Instagram photos straight to your Facebook page.

5. SHARE YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS TO TWITTER AS PICTURES

This recipe is super handy! When you click 'Share to Twitter' via Instagram, it only shares the link to your Instagram photo as a new Twitter post.

With this recipe, each photo that you share on Instagram will be automatically posted to your Twitter as a full image, not a link.

6. REMEMBER THIS BUSINESS CARD

Admit it. You receive business cards during events, consultations or at dinner. What's next? You throw them in your purse or wallet - never to be seen again.

Create a recipe that saves others' business cards directly to Evernote. Next time you're looking for Jane Doe's number, you can find it, hassle free!

7. COLLECT PRAISE AND TESTIMONIALS FROM TWITTER

Use the '9. Collect Tweets that praise your business' custom IFTTT recipe to save positive feedback, testimonials and praise about your business on Twitter straight to a Google Drive spreadsheet.

8. SHARE YOUR FAVORITE TWEETS AS LINKEDIN STATUS UPDATES

This is perfect for sharing articles, business updates and news across your platforms. Create a recipe that automatically shares your Twitter tweets as LinkedIn status updates by adding #li to the tweet.

9.  BUILD A TWITTER LIST FROM A SPECIFIC HASHTAG

Twitter lists can be created to build a community of like-minded people, create an easy search engine for specific topics or even create new client leads.

With this recipe, you can create a new Twitter list of all tweets that use a specific #hashtag. 

10. SEND A TWEET WHEN YOU'RE MENTIONED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Because, hey, when I'm mentioned in the New York Times I'm going to share it.