Start-ups and small businesses often maintain a group of less than 10 people to manage the entire business. This is when these 5 applications and services come in handy. If you’re interested in finding out how you can be effective at what you do and spend less time on things that don’t bring value to you or your business, then read on because this article is for you.
Trello is an application that is available for free. It can be accessed through the web or your Android or iPhone. Trello lets you keep tasks and projects organized. If you’re handling a small group of people, Trello helps you assign tasks and monitor deadlines. You can attach files, add a checklist and view all project developments at a glance. Since it is accessible via phone, it helps you stay updated regardless of where you are. Any updates can also be shared in real time. Say goodbye to unnecessary progress related meetings that take up most of your time.
Slack is an application that lets you chat and send private or direct messages. It’s also available for free, can be used from a web browser or from your Android or iPhone. If you’re working on different projects, you can easily create channels and send/receive chats simultaneously throughout the day. What’s even better is that it integrates with applications you might already use such as Google Drive and Trello. Everything is searchable in Slack which makes communication a lot easier.
When you manage a business, you’ll be surprised with the number of documents you will need to sign on throughout the week. Imagine loads of paperwork filing on top of your desk and the time it’ll take to go through each document to sign, scan and then send back to the sender. HelloSign helps you out by letting you create an electronic signature. There’s no need to download and print any files, no need to leave Gmail, and take less than 30 seconds to complete.
Zapier is all about automation. Avoid having to do the same things time and time again. Zapier connects with apps that you normally use and allows you to create triggers that would initiate the start of a workflow. With just a few clicks, you can create workflows that happen automatically once set up. It links your systems together, removes redundancy and drives efficiency in your everyday tasks.
Did you just finish a report you’ve worked on for 3 hours but then clicked on exit without saving the document? It happens to almost everyone. You won’t have to worry about a thing when you have Google Drive in place. Google Drive lets you work with spreadsheets, slides or documents. It saves files in real time so you don’t need to worry if you’ve accidentally closed a file without saving. Everything is accessible from a cloud service so never worry about forgetting where you’ve saved files again.
Running a business is not a walk in the park. Make use of your time wisely and take advantage of tools such as these 5 applications and services to make your life easier. Work smart and take control.