Between business owners, freelancers and flexible employees, more and more people are now working from the comfort of their own home, the local coffee shop or on-the-go. It’s all thanks to the widespread adoption of SaaS (software as a service) which allows freelancers, contractors and business owners to manage their careers from anywhere that has WIFI.
If you’re lucky enough to have the freedom to work wherever and whenever you want, these 10 tech tools and apps can help you manage your daily business activities more efficiently…
Trello is a website and app that allows you to create real-time bulletin boards and organise your to-do lists. It’s perfect if you have a large work-load as tasks can be clearly planned, prioritised and actioned. If you’re managing a team, Trello means you can eliminate the messy and confusing email chains and keep a clear and trackable master plan for all to see in one place.
If you’re someone that likes to take notes and jot ideas down, Evernote is a great tool to keep your brain and workspace as clutter-free as possible. The app allows you to make and access notes from anywhere, find information faster and share ideas with anyone. No more random scraps of paper and to-do lists. Evernote is the solution for those with busy-brains or hectic schedules.
Social media has become a vital part of any business marketing strategy, but it’s not always easy to manage when you’re busy. The SmarterQueue social media scheduling tool makes it easy to keep your social media accounts active by automatically posting for you, even if you don’t have any content scheduled for that day. Users can choose from a rotating content library suited to their type of business. This makes it useful for repurposing evergreen content freeing up time for you to focus on other important tasks.
4. Go Cardless
Cashflow is crucial for any business, especially small businesses and freelancers that need to get paid on time. GoCardless is an easy way to process direct debit transactions from your clients and customers. You can also set up recurring payments and B2B invoicing so that you’re more likely to get paid on time, eliminating the hassle of chasing up invoices.
If you’re not a graphic designer but need to get designs done quickly for your business, Canva could be the solution for you. Canva makes it easy to create practically any type of personal, promotional or business design. From letterheads, social media graphics, invites, posters, brochures, and more. The software is super easy to use. All you need is an idea of what you want to achieve, and the simple functionality makes it possible.
If you run a small business, you’ll know how important it is to stay on top of your accounts. QuickBooks allows business owners and freelancers to manage income, expenses and invoices from their computer, tablet or mobile device. It’s the go-to accounting solution for businesses to keep track of their finances from anywhere in the world.
When working from home and a face-to-face meeting isn’t possible, Zoom is the next best thing. It allows you to hold online conferences and webinars with 100+ people and also has video recording features so you can replay the conversation and send it to each participant involved. Using video meeting technology such as Zoom means you can spend less time travelling to and from meetings and more time working.
If your business or job requires communication with lots of different clients and customers, Hubspot could be useful for you. The platform keeps track of client and prospect email conversations and enables users to make notes and reminders to follow up. Hubspot is particularly handy if you spend a lot of time reaching out to potential clients and offering your service to them.
If you do any writing online, whether it’s on email, social media or in documents, you need Grammarly. It’s a grammar-checking tool that corrects spelling and grammar as well as offering alternative words and phrases where necessary. Even if you’re literate, accidents still happen and it’s important you come across as articulate and professional on client emails, social media posts, your website, etc.
Prone to procrastinating when you’re not working from a conventional office or work-space? RescueTime monitors your screen activity and online web use allowing you to keep track of how much time you spend (or waste) online. It generates detailed reports so you can regularly analyse patterns in usage, establish your bad browsing habits and make changes to improve your productivity.
What’s been the most beneficial tech tool to you? Comment below…