5 Essential-cum-Amazing Tools for Entrepreneurs
In this age of Digital Entrepreneurship, young entrepreneurs juggle between, work, life and loads of responsibilities. With ease of internet usage, resources are becoming handy and easily available for newbies. There are so many great tools available in the market to help startups or small enterprises with their responsibilities and work and for a minimal cost in order to increase their business.
There are enormous challenges an entrepreneur faces from the day one of their work. Starting a new business can be tough as it involves management of many different tasks, fundraising and maintenance, managing employees, teams and also, being efficient in everything.
Here are some tools out there which are essential and powerful that can help you meet your deadlines and manage things productively. Also, the cost involved in each of them is minimal.
Trello is an amazing project management tool that helps you organize your tasks, projects and makes collaboration easy.This tool helps you visualize every single thing in a project and lets you customize, create and organize things in a fun way.
Trello basically has a visual board with lists which are also called cards. These cards are individual components on the board that can be created, dragged and dropped onto each other or placed horizontally or can be reordered with each single list according to your need. Individual cards can also contain images, checklists, dates, colored labels, document attachments and notes to make things even richer. These cards can even be created simply by using email.
In Trello, you can create different projects to manage everything from work projects, to plan your week, plan a marriage or vacation ahead, organize day to day tasks and almost everything that needs planning and management. Trello boards are wonders if you are using Kanban or Agile project management methodology. Using this super versatile project management tool, you can even share plans with team.
You can get a wholesome picture and time to time update on everything using Trello.
Google Docs is a tool or can say a service from Google which is very powerful and offers almost every necessary abilities that a new startup or small business can use and afford. The important and best thing about Google Docs is if you have created an account in ‘gmail.com’ you are automatically eligible to use google docs with a good amount of storage. If you want to raise the storage, Google has different packages for that which are really pocket friendly.
Google Docs offers cloud storage where you can keep your documents, presentations or spreadsheets safe. Along with storage it also offers collaboration of storage and stored components. You can share them with anyone you want with assurance of safety for other documents which you don’t want to share.
Services like Word processing, Spreadsheets and presentations that can be created, uploaded, downloaded and shared makes this tool such an amazing opportunity for online Entrepreneurs. It even provides collaboration other tools of google like email, calendar, hangout and many more that helps you manage, work, organize, plan or collaborate at the same time. Smartest thing is you can use it on gadgets like laptop, mobile, tablet anytime from any location if you have internet connection to keep a bird’s eye on everything all the time.
Asana is a project management tool that makes the management, planning, execution and collaboration of projects more effectively. It is free to use and simple, to begin with. This tool works for every department of the organization and helps make an interconnection with everything.
In Asana, you can create projects, tasks, conversations and dashboards that enables teams to flow smoothly from project start to finish. You can visualize the project progress at a glance with visual graphs and pointers. Conversations between teams and team members can be turned into actionable tasks. You can get every notification right in your inbox as per your preference.
Asana offers project management features like Tasks, Projects, Sections and Columns, Project Templates, Subtasks, Due Dates and Times, Attachments, Hearts, Task Conversations, Project Conversations, Team Pages, Inbox, Search and much more. If you want to use more features you may use Asana premium which also will not create a hole in your pocket.
Dropbox is a storage service that enables space on the cloud to keep your business documents safe. It is like having a folder on all your devices from where you can update, add or remove anytime. It provides a power of using web client as well as the desktop client to install in any computer.
You can just drag and drop files to the dropbox folder. It is like accessing another simple folder on your hard drive. The only difference is as soon as you add, edit or remove anything within the folder it just syncs your action online. This means all the updates can be accessible from every device. Dropbox can also be shared with team members.
Slack is a wonderful chat application for all your teams within an organization. You can create channels for group discussions, for different teams or projects or smaller groups etc.
To begin with Slack, you have to sign up on Slack’s website and you’ll become a Super Administrator user who has access to everything. Slack offers different hierarchies to manage users and access restrictions. Settings like Messaging Restrictions, Channel and Private Group Management etc enable you to manage all teams, channels and users effectively.
Using Slack, collaboration becomes easier within organization and conversations are recorded as well as clear which is a most important thing in business. Also, you get to know what is going on within teams or projects, get notified and become inspired by your peers.
Manually managing things can be costly, tough and wastage of time and money. Using these tools you can be in-charge of everything in your business and at the same time, you can focus on other things better without wasting your time and energy.