There are a wealth of online tools for productivity aimed towards small businesses—the trick is knowing which ones to use. Some can be quite complicated, taking your time rather than saving it but some are cleverly simple and really do help to increase productivity. Finding the best scheduling solutions for your business can result in a myriad of benefits for your business!
Here are our 9 favourite tools for managing a business online. Feel free to share your own as we realise not every tool suits every model or business owner!
Evernote is great for the creative types as you can keep all your ideas in the one place for easy access, even if they’re just handwritten on notepaper. It has the facility for you to store more professional documents as well as images and links and to present them in a web-friendly way that is always beautiful. And best of all, it’s also free to use!
Dropbox is the ideal storage solution for anyone who takes images of their products, work or projects. A normal PC can become easily filled with high-resolution images and clients don’t appreciate their email accounts being slowed down. You can share a link to your before and after projects or images in Dropbox and clients can view your work online or download the image directly to their computers.
Trello is a great tool for project management if you are juggling multiple orders or assignments. For larger businesses, it’s also ideal for teams and keeping everyone on the same page and up-to-date. You can start different boards and assign tasks while conversing with those you work with. For sole traders, it’s a good tool for setting targets and meeting those deadlines.
4. Google Docs and Google Drive and Calendar
Google has a wealth of tools for small to medium businesses, the calendar being the most useful for the sole trader as it allows others to see your availability. You can also schedule calls through the calendar alongside Google Hangouts, which is great for adding the personal touch to a quote when contacting a new client, while Google Docs is great for collaboration as you can see changes made to documents and spreadsheets in real time.
Slack is a messaging platform to stay in touch with your teams. It’s ideal if you have a few different task forces within your company as you can create different channels per projects. But recently Slack has even been used for networking in relevant interest groups, which original creators did not anticipate, so it is one of those tools that has lots of applications, and like all the other tools, it’s free to use.
Calendar is an effective time management tool that is a must for optimising productivity. With Calendar, you can schedule and keep track of all your meetings so that you never miss a beat. Plus, there’s no need to send emails backs and forth to try to arrange a meeting – with Calendar you simply send a smart scheduling link, which means you can arrange meetings fast. Using a smart time management system like Calendar simplifies scheduling allowing you to focus on delivering quality services to happy customers.
7. Time Doctor
Time Doctor helps you get a lot more work done each day. It is an accurate time tracking software that lets you know when and how you spent your time. With that information, you are able to evaluate and improve productivity accordingly. Other features include a productivity nudge which pops up if you go to ‘unproductive sites’ as well as integrations with the top project management tools in the market.
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Working with a frontline team where most of your workforce is made up of deskless workers? Then, Blink a mobile-first employee app is a great option. Blink’s software aims to boost productivity by keeping each member of your team more engaged and informed. From communicating employee benefits to your team members to increasing the accessibility of the most important information for your business, Blink saves time by ensuring everyone is in the loop.
What online tools for productivity do you use? Please let us and our community know on social media or in the comments below!