The 10 Pieces of Software that I use to run to small businesses PRODUCTIVELY!

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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….

ACCOUNTING:

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.

EMAILS:

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!

WEBSITE

WordPress

SquareSpace

Weebly

Wix

LANDING PAGES:

To build pages that have a form and information to entice your audience to sign up to your optin or service…. Try:

Instapages

Leadpages

MailMunch

TIME MANAGEMENT:

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:

BLAB (Book Like A Boss)

Timetrade

Calendly

Acuity

PROJECT MANAGEMENT:

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:

Trello

Asana

CUSTOMER RELATIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS:

For small businesses, 2 years ago, these were few and far between (without paying a fortune!)…. But now…. HURRAH!

Dubsado

17 Hats

Active Campaign

Then there are the big guns:

Ontraport

Infusionsoft

SalesForce

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!

KAJABI!!

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!)

Email management

Sales Funnel building

Payments / Shop

Landing pages

Online course building

Events management

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!).

BE PRODUCTIVE

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Comments (1)
  1. Victoria says:

    Lovely to meet you tonight at the Winchester Bloggers event. They are such great evenings and I have met such lovely people!

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