8 useful tools for startups and small business owners
Running a business is tough work. Here a few super useful tools and apps to make the startup life just a little easier.
Slack and Asana: If you and your team don’t work out of the same space, collaborating can be a bit of a headache with the back and forth calling and/or emailing. Slack allows you create different channels (or we call them chatrooms) where you can discuss projects with members of your team. You can also direct message each person or a group of people. You can upload files directly to Slack and make free calls within the app. The next best thing about Slack is you can create or join more than one team all in the same app! There’s a free Slack plan and two other paid subscription plans if you need a lot more storage and/or have a large team.
If you have Slack why get Asana? Asana is a great tool to use with Slack. Slack is an amazing tool, but does not having any project management support. Enter, Asana. Asana allows you to manage several projects, create tasks and subtasks in these projects, assign them to different members on your team with deadlines for completion and follow progress on each project.
So when tasks are created in Asana, you can integrate with your Slack and notify members of your Slack team when a new task is created, completed, renamed or when a comment is added to it. Asana is free for up to 15 users.
Stocksnap.io and a two amazing options: this is great if you don’t have a big budget or a budget at all for photos. Stocksnap has a wide selection of beautiful, hi-res pictures of almost everything except photos of afros (and last time we checked, black women). So if you need photos of people more than you need of things or places, meet ColorStock and CreateHerStock. Both send curated pictures to subscribers monthly for free but have a $7 premium plan if you want to download anything you want whenever you want.
Toggl: if you need to track the time you spend on projects for one reason or another, this is a really simple app to use. You and your team can log time under different projects and detail what you spent that time doing exactly. Incase you’re wondering why you should even be tracking time in the first place, here are 15 reasons.
Calendar: Never miss an appointment again. Google Calendar has lots of useful features including Goals (which helps you find time to do things that are important to you such as learning a skill)
Lynda: 30 minutes to an hour spent learning something new on Lynda is time put to good use. From software developing to 3D animation, to business skills. Lynda is free for the first 10 days and then you pay a monthly fee either for a personal account or for an organisation or small team account.
Buffer: can be used to schedule all your social media updates at optimal times when your audience is most likely going to see and engage with your update. Buffer allows you connect to your Facebook profile and/or your business page, Twitter, Google Plus and Linkedin.
Canva: Canva is an online graphic design tool every startup with online presence needs. Canva allows you to create beautifully designed graphics with its easy to use design tools and options. Canva is free but has a premium plan which gives users access to even more tools. Need some more free stock photos? Here you go
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Do you use any of the tools we've listed? Which of them do you find most useful?