These days (especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the eCommerce boom it caused), more and more businesses open every year. However, starting a business is nothing when compared to keeping it – statistics show that most businesses fail within just two years of being founded. To avoid this, make sure to maximize your efficiency by taking advantage of various online tools. Read on.
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More and more companies – regardless of their industry – work according to a project-based methodology. If your business is one of them, you must pay attention to Firmbee, a comprehensive project management system equipped with all the functions you could only think of: CRM tools, to-do lists, kanban boards and invoicing. Everything in one application – for your convenience and achieving greater efficiency.
What’s more, Firmbee’s blog regularly features articles on various topics: HR, running an NGO, marketing or sales. Reading them will certainly allow you to expand your knowledge and apply the advice to your business.
Easy to use, relatively inexpensive and equipped with a number of features that allow you to create graphic designs for any occasion – that’s what the popular Canva is, a free creator of various types of graphics for social media, brochures, business cards and much, much more. This program allows you to create designs yourself, using the templates available online. No matter what graphic format you need, Canva certainly won’t let you down.
Google Trends is worth using when conducting market research to see what topic among your audience is trending right now and what blog articles you should post to build your website’s position in Google search results. Tracking trends using the simplest tools provided by Google should be one of the basic marketing activities not only for smaller entrepreneurs.
Regardless of the size of the company, it is now a common practice to work in distributed teams – composed of people located in different places in the country or abroad, working fully or partially remotely. In such a situation, you can’t do without an easy-to-use communicator, and with help comes Slack equipped with a number of free features. Easier communication? Definitely!
Slack (and its alternative Rocket.chat) works both in a browser and as a downloadable app for your phone. The tool allows you to edit chat topics, share files quickly and collect all sorts of data thanks to the integration with other tools used by small businesses.
All the most important information about your customers and their interactions with your site in one place? That’s what HubSpot, a CRM available in both a limited free version and a paid version with more functionality, will allow you to do. Even for a relatively small company, it’s worth choosing a system that supports sales and marketing processes from start to finish.
Are you looking for a way to monitor the time that individual employees on your team are spending on their tasks? With help comes Toggl, a web application, available in a free version for companies with 5 employees. This tool will provide you with reports that you can use to improve your performance and ensure that you achieve the expected results by identifying bottlenecks that can be potential threats.
Do you need a cooperation agreement with a freelancer? A sale and purchase agreement? Or perhaps a lease agreement or a loan agreement? Shake law has a number of templates for creating various types of contracts in English, which can be filled out on mobile devices.
Wondering if you can trust a particular provider? Check what reviews it has received on Trustpilot, a globally recognized review system. Trustpilot creates its own TrustScore for companies, where it promotes those businesses that get a lot of reviews on an ongoing basis – for this reason it is considered a reliable source of information.
Do you need a secure place to store company documents and other important files? If so, Dropbox, a cloud-based application, is the best possible solution to achieve this goal. For a few dollars a month, you can have access to a space from which nothing will disappear.
Do you want to effectively manage a small warehouse (up to 100 products)? You no longer need an elaborate WMS – with help comes Sortly, a cloud-based business application that will allow you to organize your inventory folders by location, type, and more. A quick order fulfillment process? How about that!
If you’ve ever thought that all web applications are aimed only at the great players in the market, it’s time to change your perspective. The options outlined above are just basic tools that you can use in your daily work. So which ones will you implement in your company?
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