Great Small Business Tools
We have been running a small business for almost 27 years. Even if you were stupid you would learn a few things in that much time. One of the biggest innovations for small business is the mobile phone. However, most peoples’ phones are underutilized. These devices have more capabilities than the first Macintosh we bought when we started our business. Here are 5 of our favorite tools (plus a bonus tool) that help us run our business on the go:
EverNote helps us keep track of everything and syncs all this in.formation between the phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. Create a project to-do list. Jot down a reminder. Or snap a picture of a sketch. A note can be anything you want it to be. And once you make a note, it’s accessible wherever you go, forever. If you take a picture of a document or attach a PDF, the details are searchable. Evernote is magic and like most of my favorites, you can try it for free.
I know there are a lot of accounting programs that will work on your mobile device. I have tried most of these and found them to be overkill for what I really needed. For us FreshBooks is just right. Everything we need without over-complication. FreshBooks is simple and intuitive, so you spend less time on paperwork and automate time-consuming tasks.
Everyone needs to rescue some time, right. This is an application to really help you do just that. This one is pretty new for me but so far so good. With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it’s easy to get scattered. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.
We use this one everyday – to pay people, get paid, to buy and invoice. PayPal is the new version of money. Try for free and find out how much easier new money is than old money. From everyday purchases to running a business, people around the world rely on PayPal to pay and get paid.
Podio is a cloud-based collaboration service that is flexible and easy to use. Podio supplies a web-based platform for organizing team communication, business processes, data and content in project management workspaces. Users can also select business “apps” from an online app store or build their own according to project needs.
Everyone can use Podio for free for an unlimited period of time. Our free version allows up to 5 employees and 5 external members across your workspaces.
If you decide to upgrade your organization, you will pay for all employees in your workspaces (including the first 5) but all external users are free. The price per employee depends on the tier you choose.
Bonus – CatiLogic Express
Full disclosure, I am a “homer.” And this bonus tool isn’t free. However you can use a Free version of Podio with CatiLogic Express. CatiLogic Express is the new Small Business version of our flagship product. We eat what we hunt. We use CatiLogic Express everyday in our business to Sell More, Faster. On Small Business Saturday, or any other day for that matter, see how CatiLogic express can make it easy for you to market, interact with clients, promote and sell. It automates many of the tasks you do already. Now you can focus on what you love. CatiLogic Express is a Super Hero Utility belt that allows you to be the hero you were born to be! Click below to find out how: