Lately, I've been obsessing about the number of things we have to do and the various 'one-click' solutions we can use to automate them, at least to a certain extent. We all know about the meal ordering, taxi ordering, and task-ordering type of services, so I thought I would create a list of helpful services you may not know about.
Here are the top 10 done-for-you services I found for busy entrepreneurs, like myself, that you may not be aware of:
1. Reduce your emails.
Unroll.me, a Gmail extension lets you unsubscribe, keep, or roll-up your email subscriptions in just a few clicks. For me, it's a lifesaver. It reduced my emails by 70-80 percent, without filtering out any important emails.
What's amazing about this service is how many new emails it rolls-up for you from others auto adding you to their lists. I can't imagine my inbox without it.
2. Add captions to your videos.
Recording a video that you don't want to delete immediately is already hard to do. Taking that video and then captioning it, basically becomes the most annoying thing on earth. Starting at $1 per minute of captioned video, Rev.com, a website service, can add captions, transcriptions, and subtitles to your audio and video files within 24 hours. Then all you need to do is add the file to YouTube, Facebook, etc. And boom, you've got captions.
3. Block telemarketers forever.
Nothing is worse than being in the zone and then getting a robocall that looked at first glance to be an important phone call. RoboKiller is an app that automatically answers all your calls and blocks telemarketers, robocalls, and other spammers, forever.
4. Let your meal cook itself to perfection.
Most of us know about the food delivery apps, but sometimes you just want to cook something perfectly, every time. The June Intelligent Oven comes with a sensor that really can cook your meals to perfection. It will auto-detect your food and recommend the perfect cooking time.
5. Perfect pet feeding, every time.
The good news is that automatic pet feeding seems to be a huge thing already. Wireless Whiskers is an automatic pet feeder for up to eight pets. Why would you have eight pets, no idea. But if you do, then this will save you a LOT of time. It's smart too because it locks out certain pets from certain foods, or when they've met their daily intake so you have full control over your pets' diets.
6. Fold your laundry.
OK, with a price tag of $980 and the size of an office printer, this 'fold your clothes for you' machine, FoldiMate, a physical large robot is a bit overkill. It's not launched yet, and honestly, I'm not sure if it ever will. But one can dream about someone else folding our laundry. [[Let's also feature products that have launched.]]
7. Mow your lawn.
Lawn mowing is another popular chore that nearly everyone hates. The team at Robin Autopilot gets it. They created the Roomba for grass cutting, apparently. This lawn mowing robot will mow your lawn daily and then park itself in its charging station. You don't even have to worry about its maintenance or security because the company takes care of everything.
8. Re-order something as soon as you throw it away.
I love the concept behind GeniCan, a "smart garbage can". It attaches to your garbage can and recycling bin so you can create your shopping list as you use up and throw away the current items in your home. Simply scan or speak the items and you'll be all set.
9. Negotiate your bills.
You know how you get overcharged for your phone and internet bills without fail every single time? Then, you definitely need to try the app Truebill . If you pay for the premium service, it will negotiate the bill for you. Click a button and, voila, it's done. Of course, they take a cut. But, nobody has time to be on a 3-hour phone call just to be hung up on.
10. Read Twitter threads with ease.
Don't you love manually expanding Twitter threads to read the full conversation? Me neither. Luckily someone created a bot named Thread Reader which will unroll the full Twitter thread by mentioning its Twitter handle and the keyword "unroll."
Some of these services are overkill, I will admit. But, obviously, they were created for a reason. The busier you are, the more likely you will find yourself subscribing to these services or purchasing these products.