Essential Online Tools You Need to Run Your Business
Trello is a great tool for building and collaborating on your corporate roadmap. This can really help give your goals focus and enable your employees to share new innovative ideas. We use it to easily conveys “ideas, todos, doing, and done” tasks.
Slack is a great little all in one chat tool. It enables group chatting and private chatting all within one platform. The flow of information can be a bit overwhelming but try to let the conversations dictate how you organize channels instead of creating channels to organize conversations.
Speaking of communication, Intercom is a great tool to have real-time conversations with your customers. You can use it simply as a chat tool on your site or you can use it to get feedback and questions for customers service or your development team. There customer intelligence tool can even give you deep insight in to who your customers are if they are required to provide their information to use your product. Get your customer support team out of the stone age with email and embrace the future of customer communication with Intercom.
There are so many project management tools on the market but Basecamp still stands above the rest in a simple easy to use project management platform. However, if you have really specific needs and need your project management tool to do a lot of different thing like track time, resource allocation, etc. – Basecamp probably isn’t right for you. Use Basecamp for internal projects. If your managing clients then you’ll probably want to check out MavenLink or TeamWork.
If you’re like many businesses in this digital age, your website is immensely important to your business. A bug or broken element on your website could cost you money and damage your brand. Bugherd lets your team tag bugs and fixes on your site and assign them to the appropriate team member to get it done. It has a built in roadmap for todos and nicely screen shots the bugs that were tagged for designers or developers to use to quickly implement fixes on your site.
Harvest is the best invoicing and time tracking software hands down. Its super intuitive to use and makes it even easier for your customers to pay their invoices. It currently supports PayPal and Stripe payments and integrates with major accounting software.
Managing your social media campaign and scheduling content can be a real hassle for your marketing team. Hootsuite, provides the tools to truly build an engine of content for your brand. It allows team members to collaborate and work together to drive engagement for your brand.
QuoteRoller makes the dreadful task of creating proposals not so dreadful. Its ability to create templates for content and pricing make it pushing out complex proposals a breeze. It ties in nicely with other tools like Harvest and Base CRM to automate the sales cycle which is a nice little bonus.
As teams become more dispersed around the world the ability to scale your office needs is going to grow. WeWork provides the access to beautiful office space around the world. Its assortment of member options give you the flexibility to scale your office needs as you hire employees. Whether you need one desk or ten – they got you covered.
Zenefits makes the super time intensive tasks of HR a breeze. With Zenefits you can easily onboard new employees, track PTO and manage employee stocks and benefits. It also ties in with most major Pay roll companies to keep your accounting department and HR team on the same page.
Google apps should truly be the heart beat of your business. It handles document creation and sharing, email, wiki, and your calendar all in one place. Now with enhanced plans you can provide your team with unlimited storage at a fraction of the cost if you were to buy all these services separately. Get rid of Dropbox, Word, Excel, Outlook, and move your entire business to the cloud. It will change your life. We promise.
Finally, a CRM tool that isn’t like stabbing yourself in the eye with a rusty nail every time you use it. Base CRM gives you all the essential tools you need to manage your sales leads and team without all the headache and cost of managing a tool like SalesForce. Base CRM proves you don’t have to have a dedicated employee just to run CRM software effectively.
Have you ever wanted to see all the important KPIs for you business in one place? Geckoboard gives you a beautiful dashboard you can display on monitors around your office. See your entire digital heart beat in real-time and improve your business based on actual data rather then assumptions.
Did we miss something? What are some other tools you just couldn’t live without?
Need help implementing these tools for your business? Feel free to contact us to see how Space Chimp can help grow your business.