It’s easy to get lost in the sea of digital tools and software available for small businesses. But how do you know which tools are worth exploring when there are too many options to count? Which tools are nice to have, and which are game-changing sources of leverage that can help your business transform?
To answer these questions, we asked our own founder community which tools they recommend most to other business owners. Below is a list of tools that have been recommended most by our founder community:
Asana is first on this list because it was the number one digital tool that founders in our community recommended to improve productivity for small businesses. With its wide array of collaboration tools, Asana allows teams to seamlessly plan, remove distractions, and stay on top of even the most complicated projects. More importantly, Asana syncs across any device, has the ability to export to Excel, and has a super clean interface. And by the way, a unicorn will fly across the screen when you complete a task. Who doesn’t want flying unicorns?
Tired of trying to keep track of all your new gadgets like Docusign, Slack, your CRM, Google Drive, Dropbox, and others? Now, imagine if there was a place that could integrate each of these tools and automate some of the mindless processes you go through each morning. “Use this Zap” to do things like “Create QuickBooks invoices from PayPal sales,” or even “Send Slack channel messages for signed DocuSign envelopes.” Use Zapier to free up some time for you to focus on what you love doing: building your business.
Are you still manually looking for sales leads on LinkedIn or even Twitter? Do you often ask yourself why? ScaleX is the perfect tool for founders that want to completely automate their social media outreach campaigns. With totally customizable features, a ScaleX Social Selling account allows you to predetermine your target audience and have the computer do the rest.
4. Google Keep
To enhance your use of the Google Suite as a collaboration tool for your business, utilize Google Keep to make things more personal. Take notes, both with digital hand-written stickies and voice recordings, to make sure that your employees are on the same page. The main benefit here is that Google Keep works seamlessly with Google Docs, which makes it an easier transition from other project management tools on the market. The voice recording note feature is a great tool for longform notes or when you need to get a point across.
GitLab is the gold standard for DevOps platforms. Use this tool for project planning, source code management, monitoring, and even security. What makes GitLab particularly intriguing is that it allows all project stakeholders to collaborate in the same place. Say goodbye to confusing unorganized email threads and missing pieces of information.
Twist is an optimal option for those who are interested in Slack’s capabilities at a discounted price. Although there is no audio or video call capability, Twist has powerful search functionalities, a clean interface, and easy-to-use channels optimized for team collaboration. In comparison to Slack, Twist is much friendlier to guests. It allows you to seamlessly invite your clients or subcontractors to your channels to join the discussion. Twist is the option for those looking for a reliable team communication platform without the unnecessary bells and whistles.
Canva allows you to create beautiful graphics for your small business, all for free! It’s the perfect tool for any small business owner that might struggle in the art department, but isn’t yet able to pay a graphic designer. Canva designs its own templates for you to use to create anything from logos, icons, text, and illustrations for your website.
Evernote has been called “the king of note-taking apps.” It’s the go-to destination for taking notes, scanning documents, saving information on the web, and sharing content across all your apps. It can take many forms and even act as your daily journal, digital file cabinet, project management system, and more. If you find yourself struggling to find the information you need, it may be time to give Evernote a try.
Compared to Evernote, Notion is better for those that are looking for a less expensive option. Most users report similar performance between the two, although Evernote outperforms Notion on pure note taking capabilities. Notion is a much broader platform with more features and is ideal for founders that are looking for a more generalized digital organization tool. You can even apply for a $1,000 credit as a small business owner!
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