Being an entrepreneur can be difficult, stressful, challenging… Not to mention chaotic. To keep your business and personal life on track, you’ll need help – not from other people, but from proper tools. Today we will present you with 5 tools that will allow you to focus on what matters and achieve success in your ongoing venture.
As a warm up, we will start with the simplest of tools – calendar. Every entrepreneur should have his day, week, and even month organized: there is time for work, time for meetings and, me-time that many of us forget about occasionally. Even though calendar tools will help you keep everything on track, not all of them are the same: the best ones are easy to use; they have an eye-pleasing interface and sharing capability; however, they should also be customizable, available on multiple devices and packed with different features.
Expectedly, a leader in this field is Google Calendar. The most popular calendar app around lets you keep multiple calendars in one place. No matter if it’s personal, work, or calendar for the holiday, the color coding makes it easy to see which area of your life an event applies to simply by looking at it.
Google Calendar has excellent search capabilities, integrates with Gmail and Google Apps for Work, so you can create a calendar event from an email or keep track of your co-workers’ schedules as well as your own. Sharing your calendar is easy, whether you’re sharing an entire calendar or use the invite option to add people to an event.
Being an entrepreneur in this demanding digital world, your business will most likely be project-based. Your team will need to know what has to be accomplished, which tasks should be done and by what time. Each member will want to know what are his duties, what are his deadlines and what do his peers, boss, as well as clients, think of his work. The client, on the other hand, will want to be included in the process, so that he can provide his own insight and his feedback. And after project completion, it would be perfect if you could just bill your client with one easy click. All of this can be accomplished with small business management software.
Fortunately, there is a comprehensive tool that provides solution all abovementioned problems, and that tool is called Active Collab. Powerful yet simple, it comes with an abundance of features like task management, team and client collaboration, time and cost tracking and invoicing. You can create tasks, attach files, set due dates, add reminders, leave comments and much much more.
Since Active Collab allows your project manager to keep track of progress, to delegate tasks accordingly, and to keep your client in the loop you can rest assured that everything will be done on time, within the budget, and to the mutual satisfaction of both sides.
To be completed successfully, projects require constant collaboration not only between team members but between different teams as well. With so many businesses being based online, it is quite common that companies are looking for talented individuals all across the globe. It doesn’t matter that the developer you need lives in Stockholm, that your graphic designer is based in Rio de Janeiro and that web designer is from Cape Town – there are ways to keep your team together even though they are half the world away.
In recent years many different collaboration tools emerged on the market but only selected few have taken the spotlight the way Slack has.
With over 5.8 million weekly active users and 1.5 million paid accounts, Slack is used by 77% of Fortune 500 companies. Desktop, laptop, phone or tablet compatible, it provides teams with a centralized place to communicate with your coworkers through instant messages and chat rooms. This tool will allow you to share files and find messages, notifications, and files in your archive quickly. Everything is automatically synced on all your devices, and you can easily connect it to other apps, like Skype or WordPress.
If you are reading this, you most likely own a business that benefits heavily from online marketing. Therefore, you are aware of the necessity of online and social media presence and its importance for your ever expanding business. But keeping track of numbers can be a challenge: it is important to know how people arrived at your site; what are they looking for; why do they stay; why do they leave; how many of them become subscribers, and how many of them become buyers. In order to do so, you will need a proper tool that can help you to carry out quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Kissmetrics is a powerful business intelligence platform that will help you keep track of important metrics. You can create as well as improve marketing strategies and practices. Also, it will allow you to determine where your best customers come from and who they are. The platform provides funnel reports that can help you turn your visitors into paying customers, as well as an insight into revenue metrics – broken down by traffic source, of course.
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As an entrepreneur, sometimes you will need help from different sources. If you, for example, would like to make some video content for your marketing campaign. However, offering full-time employment to an additional content writer, a videographer, and a video editor just for completing one project is, to say the least, unwise.
So, in these cases hiring a freelancer is the way to go. Instead of complicated and lengthy recruitment process you can just hire video editor you need and give him a short trial project that can be done in an hour or two, giving you an insight into his ability. However, finding a good freelancer is a challenge as well.
Presenting Upwork – an online freelance platform that allows you to contact one of 12 million registered freelancers that can help you with almost all aspects of your business – from developers and designers to copy and content writers. After posting a job description, the website will match you with the right freelancers, and Upwork platform will enable you to chat, share files, and collaborate with them, from your desktop or on the laptop. In the end, you will pay only for the work you authorize, and all invoicing goes through the website.