Running a small business is quite the feat to take on – it is often tiring, exhausting, and you can even be left feeling helpless at the end of the day. While you hopefully have a wonderful and flawless business plan and model in mind, it’s how you manage your time can make all the difference! Here is a list of time-saving tools for your small business to help you with that:
If you are frustrated with your employees turning in their time sheets late or can’t read their handwriting then ezClocker is an easy to use time sheet and scheduling software that will save you money and time by allowing you to view your employees’ timesheets in real time. Ideal for employers with remote employees or if you are always on the go and need to monitor your business away from the office. Employees can use their own mobile device as a time card and it has GPS support where employee’s GPS location is captured when they clock in/out so the employer can verify the clock in location. Employees can also view their schedule in real time and find the location of their job sites.
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If you look at the company website, there is a tab that says “Customer Stories.” If you read through these stories, you’ll realize why RescueTime is being hailed throughout the business world! It tracks your activity on the computer and tells you how you manage your time! The site runs securely in the background on your computer, laptop, or mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) and accurately tracks the time you spent at a given site throughout the day, giving you a detailed report, which rounds up and summarizes your activity for the day. There are personalized settings, such as highlighted accomplishments, specific times spent on sites, and it even allows you to block websites likely to distract you!
If you’ve heard anything about innovative business, it’s that outsourcing is much cheaper and convenient than going on a hiring spree. Outsourcing allows you to bring on a contract or freelance worker – something Upwork specializes in. With its easily navigable and accessible interface, its website allows you to search for various workers – ranging from freelance writers, designers, web and mobile developers, as well as accountants and customer service agents! All you have to do is sign up, post your job, and you can use the website to share files and other pieces of business with potential workers! This could help you write a new press release, innovate your website, design a mobile app for your company, or curate blog posts for your website!
Their slogan is “Dropbox works the way you do,” and for a very good reason at that. It allows you to take your documents with you wherever you go – on the road, to and from work, on a plane, wherever you may be going! With their mobile app and on their site, everything you save through them is automatically synced to your devices! You can send videos at a rapid rate – faster than email or iMessage – and you can back up and ensure the safety of your photos as well! a great tool that keeps you from losing your work.
15Five is an online tool that strives to keep businesses “focused, engaged, and aligned.” As a business owner, 15Five enables you to create, track, and manage objectives you have assigned to your team! It allows for productivity and flexibility in the workplace, as it promotes feedback from a colleague to colleague and even from supervisor to colleague and vice versa.
Their mission is to bring the best out of people at work, and as an employee feedback company, they help to save time by keeping the business process simple!
How many times have you wanted to reply to a customer’s email at night but didn’t want to send it because it may give the impression that you are a 24 hours support shop? Boomerang can help you with this, it has a great scheduling feature where you can schedule an email as to when you want it to go out. With Boomerang, you can download the app to Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, and Android. Depending on which app you download for what brand, you have the ability to schedule emails, use data-infused Artificial Intelligence software built to help better grammar and hasten responses! Boomerang is even useful for scheduling and assigning meetings!
Evernote is for those times where an idea pops in your head and you need a place to write it down but you don’t have a pen and then what happens? Yes, you forget it. Evernote helps you keep and organize your notes but not just notes you can upload pictures, documents, screenshots. Evernote has an advanced search feature that allows you to find pretty much anything, even a text from a picture of a handwritten note. It syncs to any device and you can share notes or documents with anyone you wish.
One of my favorites on the list, Dashlane can literally do no wrong. It is the pinnacle of an ideal website for a company – easy to navigate and easy on the eyes – and allows you auto-logins on multiple online websites, allows you to keep track of passwords and receipts, and even has emergency password contacts who help give you passwords when you lose them! It can be used across iOS and Android devices, and has plugins for Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer!
Sometimes, when you are faced with issues in your business, you miss a call – or 12. With PhoneTag’s software, you have the ability to read voicemails left on your phone! PhoneTag converts the voicemail to text and sends it to your email or messages – whatever you program it for! According to the company website, PhoneTag has saved consumers roughly 4.2 million hours!
If you are a to-do list type of person then this app is a must. It’s a simple to use app that allows you to keep track and tick off all your personal and profession to-dos. From shopping lists, holiday planning to work projects it covers it all. It also has a Pro version where you can collaborate on projects with colleagues, friends, and family.
Now that you have multiple tools at hand to help you save time and run your business, remember that you are not alone! With these tools, you can watch your business grow while not stressing over menial topics! Best of luck!
Author: Christian Jimenez
Christian is a Public Relations student and freelance writer from Dallas, Texas. He has a passion for traveling, coffee, and all things writing (creative, technical, you name it). His works range from newsworthy topics to self-help blog posts for small businesses. He is currently the content creator for ezClocker.