When you’re a fledgling business, you need all the help you can get. When running a young business you’re pulled in every direction and quickly become the king or queen of multi-tasking. Using online apps or ‘cloud software’ can make your life so much easier, it can save you precious time, automate repetitive tasks and help you get ahead in your business.
We have listed the software we would recommend you using when you’re starting out. Most of the software is either low cost or has a free option and will really help streamline your business.
Calendly allows people to directly book a meeting with you on your calendar. This is really helpful because it stops time being wasted with emails back and forth to agree on meeting times. It syncs with your calendar and if you operate internationally will sync to your client’s time zone. Not only does it save time it also helps you to look professional.
Google Apps allow you to create spreadsheets, word documents, manage your emails and many more options in the cloud. This means you can work anywhere from any device, easily share documents and have multiple collaborators on a document simultaneously.
Xero is the perfect bookkeeping software and our firm favourite. It allows you to sync up your bank account so you can easily reconcile your bank transactions. We love it because it’s so user-friendly but as your business grows you can sync up other apps to provide a whole integrated financial system.
Once you have built an email marketing list MailChimp lets you send out free marketing emails to clients. Their templates are super easy to use and you can use it for general marketing, newsletters, offers etc.
Google Analytics provides you with important data from your website. You can see where the visitor has come from, how many visitors a day to your site, what pages they are looking at and so much more. This data is essential for optimising your site and helping you to generate even more sales leads.
Internal communication is a problem at the best of days, however, when employees work remotely from multiple locations across the world it’s even harder. That’s where Slack comes in, it offers chat rooms, direct messages, and private groups. This allows you to keep up-to-date on the going’s on of your company without having to chat with your staff face-to-face.
Building up the correct mix of software is vital to get your business off to the best start. Getting it right at the start will save you countless problems later down the road and can even turbocharge your business growth. Often for free or a small monthly price you can utilise software to increase your efficiency and enhance your professionalism.
Better yet many of the software options can be integrated together to further enhance business proficiency.