8 Essential Tools For New Entrepreneurs
One of the best things about being an entrepreneur is managing your own workload. However, for new entrepreneurs this can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s important to stay on top of your workload to avoid stress, frustration and burnout; but it can take time to establish a structured system. Luckily, there are a whole host of tools that you can use to help you manage. I’ve gathered some of my favourites to help you get started.
Social media can take up loads of time, and as a small business you probably want spend as little time as you can posting, so that you can focus on other aspects of your business.
Later is a very helpful tool that you can use to schedule your social media posts. The great thing about Later is that you can use it for free for up to 30 posts, and if you need to, upgrade to a plan that includes more. I’ve mainly used this for my Instagram, but it’s also worth looking at using it for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Start for FREE, you can have a look at their paid plans here.
Ooh where do I start? I absolutely love using Pinterest! It’s not only great for looking up DIY ideas and recipes, but also proves to be a very efficient tool for both inspiration and Marketing. To get the full benefits of using Pinterest for your business, you should set up a business account, which is free and super easy to do. I like to use it before starting projects or when working with new clients to help get a feel of what type of aesthetic they have in mind.
When I first started out, I had a general idea of the type of things that I needed to do to run my business efficiently. I thought that writing to do lists and using Gmail as my communication tool was enough to be organised. When I would get a new project, I often had to deal with scattered bits of information and end up searching endlessly through my emails to find files that I had been sent.
Then I found Asana. I honestly love Asana and don’t know what I would do without it. It’s made managing projects and communicating with clients a breeze. Every file, interaction and comment is available all in the same place, and I can break down the projects into actionable tasks for both myself and clients. Best of all, you can use it for FREE, and have an option to upgrade to be able to use certain features. You can find out more about it here.
Dropbox is a simple and handy service that provides synchronised online storage. It can be a pain always trying to save things to your computer, and if you often produce a lot of files, you’ll soon have a to deal with a laptop with limited space.
For the long term I do recommend investing in a good external hard drive, but if you’re new to business and have a limited budget, you might want to take advantage of cheaper services. Dropbox does start out free, but that is limited to only 2GB of space. In order to have more, you’ll need to sign up to one of their plans, which start at £7.99 per month or £79 pounds for a year.
This is one of the best services that google provides, and again is a better option if you’re not looking to spend money. Google drive is a cloud based secure storage service that you can use as a backup for your files, images and other documents.
One of the features that I especially value is the automatic saving feature, which reduces the likelihood of losing all of your work. You can even download their apps, so that you can have access to your files on the go. You can easily access google drive if you sign up for a Gmail account.
If you aren’t techy or good with design, but still want to be able to make basic graphics for social media or your blog, Canva is the tool for you. It’s easy to use and gives you loads of options to create beautiful designs. It also has a multitude of templates if you need a place to start. Register here for free.
The Google suite is perfect for creating and editing various types of documents. It’s also a great replacement for Microsoft Office 365, which can be quite costly. Again, all it requires is a quick sign up and you can use it straight away. You can create numerous documents including spreadsheets and presentation slides. All documents are saved on google drive for easy access, and are updated as you type to ensure that you don’t lose any work.
Google hangouts is one of the best platforms to make video and phone calls. All it requires is for you to sign up for a google account. It’s free, however certain phone calls will require credit to go through. If you’re looking for a cost effective way to have meetings and keep in touch with clients.
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