Plus a few others…..
I love helping people to be productive, organised, declutter their minds and find a clear and conscious path to follow to the bigger picture of what they want to build in their businesses. In this endeavour, I am often asked to recommend software, so I thought that I would provide a list that people can use for lots of different areas of business.
This list is not exhaustive – I am sure that I will finish this, publish it and then do a big “oh, I should have included this… or that!” But, hopefully it is helpful and gives you a few ideas of where to start, what it is for and where to find it!
Because of the way that my mind works, I “connect the dots” with software and business building to give you the options and find what is right for you, so….. these are a few of my favourite things….
The first thing that I did when I set up my business, was choose accounting software – so that right from the beginning it was easy to sort out tax, paying suppliers and reconciling payments from clients.
When I started I used QuickBooks accounting, because my Bookkeeper used it. 3 years later I changed to Xero, because my Accountant used it – both are amazing pieces of software and help to organise you and help make things easy to manage with your Bookkeeper/Accountant.
The first thing that I wanted to do was build an audience and then be able to communicate with them. So, I set up:
Gmail (and then imported my 5 different email addresses to 1 inbox).
Mailchimp – to create newsletters and send them out to my list
Then I moved to ConvertKit as my list grew and I needed more functionality for tagging and autoresponders being sent out – again, ease of time!
To build pages that have a form and information to entice your audience to sign up to your optin or service…. Try:
World Time Buddy – sign in, say the city that you are in and the other 3 cities that you would like to see the time for and sit back… time differences become a BREEZE (ish!).
Google Calendar – I resisted setting up an online calendar – WWWHHHHYYYYYY??? Nuts! Once I had this and I had set it up to all be colour coordinated, life was very easy to navigate (at least on paper/screen!!).
CALENDAR BOOKING SYSTEMS:
So many pieces of software!!!
I use and recommend Basecamp – I have seen all the others and I still come back to this!
There is also:
CUSTOMER RELATIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS:
For small businesses, 2 years ago, these were few and far between (without paying a fortune!)…. But now…. HURRAH!
Then there are the big guns:
COLLABORATIONS AND MIND MAPPING
MindMeister – for getting everything out of your head and seeing it in a colour co-ordinated (swoon!) mind map
Slack – if you have a team, even if they are virtual (especially if they are virtual!) – GET SLACK for communicating on different projects or just checking in!
AND THEN THERE IS….. THE ALL ENCOMPASSING!
This piece of software is a dream that has been built straight out of the mind of small business entrepreneurs! It incorporates EVERYTHING that you would need to run a business:
Website building (it is your website!)
Sales Funnel building
Payments / Shop
Online course building
EVERYTHING! I do have this and am not using it to its full potential – but my goodness! What a piece of kit!
I would love to hear what you use and how you find it? I might even add it to the list!
Are you feeling more productive already???
This list is relevant as at October 2017 – obviously, new and wonderful software comes out all the time, let me know if this is out of date (sooooo 2017!).
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