Every entrepreneur is asking Santa for business growth and success this season. As your business continues to grow, you’ll have to adapt and make sure that your finances, staffing and overall productivity are in order without losing pace. Fortunately, this holiday season provides an opportunity to gift yourself the perfect stocking stuffers that will make running your business easier and more convenient than ever. To spread the holiday cheer and get you set up for success, here are five of my favorite tools that bolster efficiency, improve productivity and make it a lot easier to run your business.
1. Wunderslist for productivity
At the heart of completing every task is the need for productivity. But it can be hard to keep up with the ever-growing demands of your business and still stay organized and productive. One way to become more productive is to stop the inefficient back-and-forth of emails about projects and supporting documents. Wunderlist lets you place all of your team’s communications, to-do’s and documents in one spot so that you can easily collaborate as well as assign and track projects for accountability.
2. MinuteDock for time management
Hand-in-hand with productivity comes time management. With multiple tasks constantly flooding your “To-Do” list, it’s important to know how you spend your time and how your staff manages their own. A time tracking tool like MinuteDock is the perfect solution to meet this need. Avoid losing profitability by having oversight of how time is spent and optimize efforts by not having to constantly follow up with employees. You can easily make timesheets into invoices and include as much or little detail as you see fit before submitting them for payment.
3. Xero for financial insight
The financial aspects of a business can often be the source of many headaches. It’s therefore important to choose a tool that’s easy-to-use and gives you the financial insights you need when you need them to make smart business decisions. Xero provides an intuitive, cloud accounting platform that gives business owners the ability to manage and view their finances on the go with just their mobile device or laptop. It lets them conveniently view their daily up-to-date cashflow, create and send invoices and take a picture of a receipt to upload as a business expense. It also makes once time-consuming, mundane tasks such as reconciling your bank accounts fun and easy like playing a game of Tetris or Candy Crush.
4. Jobvite for streamlined HR
Hiring is always a gamble. Is the person the right fit? What do they bring to the table? What if the next applicant is better? These are common questions that can make the hiring process extremely slow, but it has to be done well for your business to be successful. Look at Jobvite as a way to make the hiring process easier and efficient. Engage your prospects on this platform from referral to hire without losing a step. Jobvite offers a social integration for a wider referral network, video capabilities to get the in-person feel when hiring from different locations- and best of all, the tool tracks the process from beginning to end.
5. Hootsuite for social media management
Entrepreneurs need to constantly be on top of the pulse of social networks, especially influential networks like Twitter that can make or break your brand. Raise awareness and build a social community by scheduling timely tweets, follow thought leaders and comment on matters close to the heart of your business. Although this may seem daunting, Hootsuite integrates with Twitter to manage and personalize the entire social experience. From scheduling tweets hours before they go live to creating dedicated feeds for trends and topics, this software does it all.
All in all, make sure to treat yourself this holiday season and ensure that your business runs like a well-oiled machine. Technology is rapidly growing and there is no reason why you shouldn’t tap into it to push your business to the next level.