As an entrepreneur, you’re often pulled in a million different directions and it can be hard to manage everything you have going on. Finding a product or software that helps you better keep on top of things and makes your life easier can have more benefits than you can count. We reached out to our community on Facebook (join our group here) to ask them what their favourite tools were as a business owner. Here’s what they recommend…
Buffer allows you to schedule, publish and analyze all your social media posts in one place. You’ll be able to prepopulate social media content to go out whenever you want on any of your social media networks. This saves you the time of having to log in and out of your social networks consistently throughout the day when you could be focusing on actually running your business.
“Buffer posts for me on my social media. It saves me the time of independently posting across each platform. I can also schedule everything for a later time which helps me save tons of time!” – Kushi K. Sehmi of KleanCase.
Cost: Free to $399 a month (dependent on number of social accounts you want to connect).
For online bookings, client information management, auto-emails and taking payments, April Link of Outer Coast Outfitters loves Mindbody. Mindbody is an online business management software which helps you with online bookings, staff resources, automated reminders and confirmations, storing client information and producing reports that help you analyze the numbers and plan ahead.
Cost: $75 to $290 a month.
Jeremy O’Kraftka of MENTORnetwork.CA uses Calendly for scheduling appointments. With Calendly, you can set your availability, share your Calendly with clients, colleagues, etc. and they’ll pick an available time slot which will be added to your calendar. This saves you the back and forth conversations, phone tag and it makes it easier for people to connect with you.
Cost: Free to $15 per user a month.
Entrepreneur, Alex Zlatin swears by Asana for his project management needs. Users can track projects from start to finish by assigning responsibilities to team members, marking when things are complete and having any needed conversations with people right within the app. Enabling you to keep on top of things and organized when it comes to tasks at hand.
Cost: Free to $8.33 per user a month.
April Link of Outer Coast Outfitters loves using Colornote for every list in her life. With Colornote, quickly jot down your notes and lists on the go, organize to-dos with different colours to help manage your lists and receive notifications to keep you on top of things. This is a great tool for those people that have papers and sticky notes everywhere with to-do items but always seem to miss and forget things because they keep them in so many different places (we’ve all been guilty of this).
Cost: Free (only available for Android mobile devices).
Slack helps bring all the people you need to talk to together in one place, making it one of the most popular team communication platforms. Organize conversations on different channels, send direct messages to people and share files all through Slack. This helps you save time on communicating with people across multiple channels and allows you to stay on top of staff and conversations happening around different topics of initiatives.
“We use Slack for collaborative projects like packaging. Having the conversations and files in one place is both convenient and useful. It also creates an archive of all shared content and contributions which has proven very helpful in consolidating the many generations of changes, etc.” – Claudia Marion of Stork and Dove
Cost: Free to $12.40 per user a month.