Today’s top entrepreneurs know that building business is about efficiency. It’s important that you maintain productivity as you grow. Otherwise, profitability falls apart. The most successful corporate professionals are taking advantage of tools that help maintain productivity and improve profitability. When you make business processes easier, you can focus on what matters the most.
Here are some of our favorite business apps:
It’s easy for your team to get bogged down in endless emails. The worst are threads that contain multiple messages of “Okays!” and “Thanks!”. Slack is an app that allows you to save email for the important stuff. With Slack, you can easily and promptly check in, send links, and communicate remotely through a messenger.
Built around a free CRM (customer relationship management) system, HubSpot helps you track leads and clients in a variety of integrated ways. From lead generation and analytics to email management to customer feedback and other service features, HubSpot helps you keep track of clients (and potential clients) using powerful analytic tools.
Many business owners are familiar with QuickBooks as an effective tool for managing finances. QuickBooks online optimizes the regular QuickBooks features with remote digital reach through a mobile-friendly, cloud-based interface.
The days of messy legal pads with scattered notes are gone. Evernote helps business owners take and organize notes so that you can remember every meeting. An especially helpful feature is the ability to create to-do lists, attachments, and audio recordings associated with a particular group of notes.
A social media presence is essential for just about every business. But with all of your other demands, how do you keep up with daily posts? HootSuite helps you manage your social media channels in one place. You can pre-schedule posts, repost content, and respond to all of your channels through one handy interface.
Attachments get lost in regular email, and some of them are too big to even attach. When you have documents that need to be sent and shared securely and effectively, what do you do? DropBox is a file storage and sharing system that helps you store and share documents without the headache.
Some of us have been known to have a shameful inbox. Thousands of unread messages can pile up in just a few days or weeks. What if there was a way to sift through these messages and stop dreading your inbox? Spark is an email client that works on both desktop and mobile to help you sort through messages in a fraction of the time.
There are many payment gateways out there, some with hidden fees and long waiting periods before they release your money. With Stripe you’re able to easily make and accept payments online. Available in 25 countries with over 135 currencies – it’s a reliable and secure option that deposits payments into your account in as little as two days. You only pay for successful transactions – there are no setup fees or hidden costs and you never pay for a failed charge.
The dreaded newsletter can be transformed into a powerful digital marketing tool through MailChimp. With features you can customize for your business, MailChimp can take your email marketing to a new level.
Each of the apps mentioned in this article manage a particular portion of your business. Zapier ties it all together. By moving information from one business app to another, Zapier helps you to automate your workflows so that you don’t have to waste time replicating processes in multiple apps. Connect all your business apps and easily streamline your business.
Tracking billable hours and timesheets for employee payroll is an important piece of the ‘profitable business’ puzzle. Many business owners lose significant amounts of time sorting through employee time sheets, emails and scribbles on post-it notes. Time is also lost when employees don’t do an effective job managing their time. With Time Tracker employees are able to clock in and out using timers, they can also log time in blocks with weekly timesheets. Because it’s accessible from any device, anywhere the accountability is on your employees and it reduces the workload for you too!
If you’re a new business just starting out, or an existing one that needs ‘something’ to improve profitability and productivity then it’s time to do something. Most SaaS products offer a free 14-day trial and free support so you have no excuses! l?
At eBillity we believe employee time management is the most important place to start, that’s why we developed Time Tracker. Contact us today to schedule a free personalized demo, join a webinar, start a live chat, or start a free 14-day trial – because you’ve gotta start somewhere.