There are some tools that every business owner just must have their hands on. They can improve productivity and make your life SO much easier. Some of these tools you may already have in place or for others, you may be looking for something new. Here are some must have business owner tools to help you become more productive, less stressed much happier while you are working your business.
Social Media Content Scheduler: Posting all of your content manually will make you CRAZY. There is nothing wrong with scheduling your content. To keep up with fast moving platform like Twitter, having your content scheduled out is the only way to survive. That is not to say that you can’t go in and put in some live items. You definitely should, but make it easy on yourself.
Hootsuite, Buffer, Social Oomph, and Edgar are all some great tools each with unique characteristics. There are plenty of other ones too. Hootsuite has a free and paid option which allows more features, but you can live on the free version if you don’t have a large budget. Edgar is at a cost, but it is actually capable of archiving your content and then cycling it for you to save even MORE time. Social Oomph can do that as well on one of it’s paid versions.
A Place to Keep Notes and Files: I love Evernote. It is where I store thoughts for blog posts, keep quotes that I hear/see for later and everything in between. I love that I can share files with other people through it as well. A tool like Dropbox is good as well so that you know where all of your files are located. It also allows you to share with other people. The more organized that you keep your files and folders, the more time you will save not needing to look for them.
Task Management System: I don’t how I ever lived without a task management system. This can function like your paper to-do list, but can do lots of other things as well. It helps you break down your projects into smaller tasks so that you can see the steps that you need to take to complete a project. There are lots out there such as Teamwork, Asana, Trello and Basecamp. Most task management systems will have a free version to try out. I personally use Teamwork. It resonates with me and keeps me on top of my business and work for my clients.
Which tools do you use to stay more productive?
Heather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently. She specializes in Aweber, Pinterest, WordPress Thesis, Gratitude Concierge Work and social media content graphic creation.
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