Today’s post is from Jessica, a professional blogger who writes for Faxage-a leading company that provides Internet fax service for individuals and businesses.
Have you ever wanted to start your own business to make some extra money? Or do you currently own a business and would like to learn more about tools that may help enhance your productivity so you can be smarter about how you spend your time? After all, many of us live busy lives and constantly have to balance our time between conflicting priorities. What if there was a way for us to get work done faster and more efficiently?
Starting a small business is a rewarding venture but one that takes a lot of work. Whether you've just conceived your idea, are preparing to birth your creation and open your doors or are nurturing your venture so it can grow into a vast enterprise, you may need a little help keeping it all organized and running smoothly. Here are some great productivity apps that can help you do just that.
Business Plan Blueprint
The picture in your mind of what your business can be may be crystal clear to you, but you can't simply show your thoughts to investors and other potential lenders. You'll need a well written business plan to attract the startup capital you need. Writing one can be daunting, especially if you've never done one before. The Business Plan Blueprint app guides users through a seven-part course, provides online guides for further assistance and a Microsoft Word template to help you include all the relevant information in a proper format.
HARO is a great place to go for free advertising. The name HARO stands for "help a reporter out" and that is exactly what you'll do there. At HARO, reporters, bloggers and other writing professionals post calls for help from industry professionals who can assist them with their research. In return for helping them, the reporter will include a link to your website or a mention of your company in their article. An active presence there can be as productive as your paid marketing efforts.
Sway is an easy-to-use app that lets you create presentations on the go. There will be times when you need to prepare a presentation for a client but can't be tethered to your desk long enough to use PowerPoint. Sway offers many of the same features but on a smaller scale. Put this app on your phone and you can turn downtime into productive time by preparing presentations on the go.
Email is one of the worst offenders when it comes to tasks that drain your time and productivity. SaneBox lets you add filters to prioritize your email subjects and senders. Important emails are sent directly to your main inbox while less urgent messages are sorted into other folders you create. Unlike traditional email filtering, SaneBox learns to differentiate between the emails that you tend to open quickly and the ones that you don’t, automatically improving your filters for you. You can try it free for 14 days and pay as little as $7 a month if you like it.
FreshBooks allows you to handle your invoicing online, making it easy to add your company logo and other professional invoices to your billing. When an invoice is completed, you can print and mail it to your client or email it directly. The email version will tell you when the invoice was read and will automatically send a second invoice as a reminder if the bill remains unpaid. It's fast, easy and makes tracking the money you're owed simple. The app even allows you to send invoices from your phone.
There are of course many other productivity apps available as well. The key is to choose the ones that work for you and then learn to use them well so you get the most benefit from them. Starting and managing a new business is a big job, but it's one you can tackle when you keep things organized to stay productive.
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