A small business requires a lot of work in order to prove successful. You can use all the help you can get in order to manage the work and the employees better. Luckily for you, there are many useful tools available that will make your job much easier.
PandaForm is a great tool which can help you centralize all of your business data into one single database. You can also use it to create many different kinds of forms such as for orders, meetings and customer surveys. The program is also able to export and import the data it gathers and even share it with clients.
Basecamp is one of the leading project management solutions for a small business. It can be used to keep track of all projects going on within the company and also assign tasks to employees and various contractors.
It is important nowadays for a small business to have a substantial online presence, especially in social media. HootSuite allows for easy access and navigation of all major social media websites for multiple accounts.
Using similar logic as the previous entry, someone who manages a small business is also likely to have a personal phone, a work phone, office phone, several email accounts and even accounts for instant messaging software. With VoxOx, all of these various numbers and accounts are stored into one single place for easy access.
VerticalResponse is ideal for the small business manager that is looking to establish successful online marketing campaigns without too much hassle. It blends social media with emails and allows for scheduling of update releases up to a month in advance.
RescueTime is a very useful tool that can show a manager how he or any of his employees is wasting time. It tracks an impressive amount of statistics and shows just how much a person spends time on certain sites during work hours and it can help improve the efficiency of your small business, overall.
As its name suggests, Less Accounting is accounting software ideal for a small business. It comes packed with plenty of features yet it still has a friendly interface that is intuitive and easy to use. With it you can import or export bank accounts and contacts, keep track of expenses and exchange information with the company accountant.
MissRefund can save a lot of money for a small business which requires a lot of traveling by plane. Most people are not aware that they are entitled to a refund when they cancel a flight, even for a nonrefundable ticket. MissRefund can get you that money back, which averages to around $100 per ticket.
With the help of Demandbase, you will be able to keep track of who is visiting your small business’s website. It analyzes IP addresses, looks them up in databases and links them to the companies that use them. This way you will always know who has an interest in your business.
About The Guest Author: Vanessa Li is a part-time science fiction writer, consigned painter, and now is working for a lovely software company called Oursky who develops web and mobile applications for app designers, small business owners and every one.
Follwing the nine useful tools described above should be enough to help your company move up the steps to success and capture additional foot traffic and sales dollars. Great list.