Top 10 tools for business efficiency
All the trade secrets you need to save time and maximise ROI
Remember back to those first days of your business? Things were relatively quiet, and the fuel of creativity and possibility kept things focussed and moving forward.
But it doesn’t take long for processes, systems and clients to build up to the point where you need to rely on more than just a casual pen and paper to keep operations on track and on time. So if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by how to keep organised, or wondering which tools are actually worth it, here’s our top 10 tools to take your business to the next level:
1. Tools for design and images
If you’re new to design, start with Canva. It’s a free and easy way to create professional looking graphics to suit whatever medium you need, from print to social media. It’s web-based, so you can design from anywhere you have a connection and a browser.
But we all know images can be tricky to find, and when you do find a good one, chances are you’ll need to buy the licence that goes with it. Here’s where Unsplash can help – high quality, downloadable, royalty-free images for use in whatever way you need, to help build your business’s visual identity.
2. Tools for tracking time
Whilst Clock In gives you versatility to input time for several jobs or ‘shifts’ at once, as well as a live ‘clocking in’ function, Rescue Time gives you tools to focus on balancing and prioritising your time.
3. Tools for social scheduling
Hootsuite is a versatile system for social posting with multiple platform, scheduling, image editing and stock images access all available.
4. Tools for record keeping
ReceiptBank or Adobe Scan can be used to capture and store receipts on the go. To generate and track invoices, payments and client details, try Quickbooks or Xero, or utilise a free account at onlineinvoices.com.
5. Tools for productivity
6. Tools for project management
7. Tools for storage and sharing
Keep all your images safe and in one place with automatic uploads to Google Photos. Use Google Drive or Dropbox to organise and share your files – and best of all, access and edit all your important stuff on the go, right from your phone.
8. Tools for video editing
We know video is still king, so now is the time to start utilising this powerful social tool. If you’re new to the scene, try Spark Video or iMovie – intuitive, with a variety of neat editing features.
9. Tools for a speedy device
Is your laptop on a go-slow? We feel your pain – try Cleanmymac every now and then to keep your computer fresh and fast!
10. Tools for virtual meetings
This is really a matter of preference, but there are some great, free resources out there for team meetings. You can try Zoom (meetings up to 40 minutes are free), Skype (supports live subtitles, screen sharing and recording), or if you’re already a Google user, try Google Meet.
11. Tools for looking after yourself
Yes, we know this is a list of the ‘Top 10’…but we needed ‘11’ to grab your attention! Looking after you needs to rate on this list. If this has made you realise nothing else, realise that looking after yourself is paramount to looking after your business.
Have you got a favourite tool for business that you simply couldn’t do without? Join the conversation and let us know about it!