Post by guest blogger: Tina Martin
For a successful entrepreneur or small business owner, it’s important to stay current. This means utilizing new software, working in a CMS, and getting to grips with the latest apps. The tools you use are instrumental to the success of your business and, with the right ones, you can improve your performance, save money, and manage time more efficiently. Here’s how.
For the busy entrepreneur, every second counts. That’s why you’ll want to spend some of that valuable time finding an app which can help you save it. There are plenty of choices on the market already; it’s just about finding one which suits your intended purpose. For example, those who get carried away on projects, can use programs like Toggl, which provides time reports and integrates with other apps to let you use your time better.
If you are managing a team, you may want to look into some productivity apps. This highly competitive tech field has grown to accommodate project management, workflows, and even mentorship. Using programs like Hubstaff, you can review timesheets on the go and make sure everyone’s staying on the same page.
For an entrepreneur, there’s nothing more important than keeping track of your business’s financial health. Luckily, over the past five years, the tech sector has invented a number of solutions to make this as easy (and portable) as possible. Accounting software that flexes with your consulting like QuickBooks Online Advanced provides real-time financial reports for your balance sheets and income statements. You can also send invoices and expense reports in batches to save time, as well as customize these invoices and contracts. All these features allow for better visibility so you can concentrate on your best money makers.
If it’s your personal finances that need to be better managed, try one of the various money mobile apps such as Acorn, which takes a cut from every purchase to go into investment or retirement savings and help keep domestic spending organized.
Keeping in conversation with peers, colleagues, or employees is crucial in the modern age when business moves so quickly. To this end, you have a host of adaptive work chat apps at your disposal. The most commonly used of these is Slack, which has every box ticked in terms of fast messaging, group chats, images, and linking. One of the key benefits of using an app like Slack is it provides a work channel divided from personal freeware like Whatsapp.
Since the pandemic, video meetings have become commonplace. Picking the right video call service is key to the efficiency of your business. The top players include Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype — all of these work similarly, so it really comes down to preference of interface (and cost). Having all three installed may even help you to connect more easily with clients, especially as they each have to differentiate regional popularity.
For those of us working in our midlife, business (whether big or small) can play a detrimental role in the upkeep of health. Applying a practical, holistic approach to balance wellness in the face of stress and work demands is imperative. In this sense, tech still has a role to play — many apps are working to turn your phone into a positive device and, through better management of sleep, exercise, and diet, help you to improve your health.
There is so much choice when it comes to tech software, and that’s a testament to their utility: They’re popular because they work! If you can stay open-minded and leverage this technology to your advantage, you may find yourself with more time, more money, and a lot less stress.
Tina Martin started her career in business administration but eventually decided to pursue something that actually inspired her: becoming a personal fitness instructor. Today she stays busy as a life coach and works hard to help herself and her clients achieve a healthy work-life balance. She started ideaspired.com as a side project to reach as many people as possible, and encourage them to put their dreams first.