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Automate DALL-E Image Workflow with Zapier
$7K in savings from this one task...
One thing no one tells you is how much ‘unseen’ work goes into building a ‘creator biz.’
The logistics alone humbled me this past month.
Let's take a simple task like creating images or screenshots for posts.
Think about all the steps... here are a few:
marking up screenshots,
All that time spent clicking, instead of creating...
I spent last month blowing up a few systems (I’ll spare you the details for a future post).
As someone who does this daily and helps others with their workflows, the irony wasn’t lost on me. Impostor syndrome was kickin’ in haaard.
DALL-E Prompt: Stressed solopreneur
But it reminded me there are no perfect systems and that building something new requires a lot of work.
So, I found the task and lowest-hanging fruit I could fix and thought I’d share it with you. It’s practical with a huge ROI upside.
2 things I love: practicality and data.
Let’s use Automation ROI GPT, a custom GPT that helps you calculate if a task is worth automating.
Calculating Automation ROI
Hard ROI vs Soft ROI
Hard ROI is quantifiable and includes:
Money saved from labor costs
Soft ROI, though trickier to measure, is equally important:
Reduced human error
Better well-being and decreased stress
Increased customer satisfaction and experience due to consistent quality service
Time (spent on one task) × Frequency (of performing tasks per month) × Cost (per hour) ×12 Months = Yearly ROI
→ Automation ROI GPT a Custom GPT that helps you calculate Hard ROI
One of the prompts included in the Custom GPT is,
“Help me figure out if a task is worth automating”.
All you need to do is provide 3 inputs (no prompting required!):
Time Spent on Task
Cost Per Hour (how much it cost for your or someone else to do the task)
Automation Tools (Optional)
Note: The ROI is higher since it’s not considering that I can automate more than 1 task
These were my inputs:
Creating screenshots and images,
20 mins a day,
5x per week,
$100 per hour (Conservative number, keeping it simple. I hope you value your time more than $100 / hour!)
Zapier is $74 / month and Make is $18 / month
Total savings: $7,554 for ONE task!
Let’s help you automate expensive tasks, save you some moolah and keep your coffers filled 🤌
How It Works: DALL-E Automation 👾
(The Notion template I’ve included below includes detailed instructions)
Let me explain how 3 essential tools now handle images for me:
Airtable: Stores image prompts/requirements
DALL-E: Creates images from a prompt in Airtable
Google Drive: Stores completed images
Zapier: The ‘glue’ that connects everything.
Steps eliminated from this automation:
Search for prompts.
Copy and paste them
Then, saving the images
Uploading them to Google Drive
And then, think about a name for the image.
Improved AI-Tomated Image Workflow 🕹️
DALL-E images stored in my Airtable database
Now all I have to do is type my prompt in Airtable and it triggers everything else.
That's it. 😛
Now I get my images stored in my database, ready for me whenever I want to publish.
Exhibit A 😏
The cool thing?
It only takes about 15 minutes to set this up yourself. I made an easy-to-follow Notion template showing how to set it up.
Ready to simplify your workflow?
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