Five must-have online business tools to help you better manage Your SMB.
If you’re a small business owner, you probably don’t have much free time. You run operations. You problem-solve. You read online articles about being a small business owner. The good news is: there are a lot of business apps out there to ease the burden and help you manage your company more productively and efficiently. The correct-use-of-irony news is: you don’t have the time to sift through the overwhelming amount of time-saving tools that are currently on the market. But fear not. We’re here with the five key online applications for small businesses, and it’ll just take three minutes of your time to learn about them.
Basecamp (for collaborating)There are hundreds of project management and collaboration programs on the market, but Basecamp continues to outperform the competition in terms of both internal and client communication. It’s simple to use. It doesn’t bother with bells and whistles you don’t need. It frees you of email system build-up. It makes transporting files simple. And of course, it’s mobile. And like the great assistant your business may want but can’t afford, it sends you alerts and reminders of all the things you may otherwise forget because of your many responsibilities.
Slack (for messaging)Here’s another great management tool that improves inter-office communication. Like Basecamp, it features alerts, notifications and file sharing. However, Slack has certain functionalities that make it stand out, particularly its smart instant messaging app, which is like Google Chat or iChat on steroids. It shows you who’s online, gives you an @everyone tag to send a message to your whole team, and it integrates with Google Drive and Dropbox. Oh, and it’s free!
Dropbox (for file sharing)We’ve had the system backup conversation before and that you should...you know...do it from time to time. Dropbox is no substitute for complete backup, but the cloud-based storage system is a great tool to keep all of your documents and images safely in one place. And if you upgrade to Dropbox Business Advanced, you’ll have unlimited space, as opposed to the Professional 2TB plan. With Dropbox, you can access and upload business files from your synched phone or laptop, at the office or anywhere else your business, or life, takes you.
Tripit (for traveling)If your business (or personal life) involves even an average amount of travel, Tripit is a terrific tool for managing and organizing all your itineraries. You can stay on top of everything from directions to gate information to hotel reservations, with confirmation numbers, seat assignments and relevant contact info right in front of you. Upgrade and you can also receive weather and flight updates or find out if a better seat becomes available. It’s like having your own personal, pocket-sized, travel agent...which also happens to be the plot of a failed ‘90s sitcom pilot. (Not really, but would it really be that shocking?)
Evernote (For note taking)For note-takers with Post-its littering their desks or organizers constantly on the verge of bursting, Evernote is the super-functional app for you. This digital file cabinet allows you to create checklists, clip online articles, gather links, and organize files and audio recordings into shareable notes and notebooks. You can sync Evernote across all devices and it even integrates seamlessly with Google Drive.
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