So you are a proud owner of a one-person home-based business. Things are working out as planned, and you are beginning to get a nice income right from the comfort of your home. You are not worried about rent, and there is no payroll to make every month.
Do not rest on your laurels and forget that your business is growing and that soon, there will be so much to do. Phones might start ringing off the hook, customers could come back with their families and friends, and soon you might be trying to survive instead of growing.
You can employ a few more hands to help you handle some of the tasks. You can also acquire and use various useful tools to manage your business without needing to break the bank. Here are five must-have tools that can you help you keep track of things.
Asana turns common business processes into templates that the whole team can efficiently use, making projects run smoothly. Asana’s custom fields allow you to keep track of information that means the most to you and your team.
The application helps you to map out every step of your project in a way that organizes all the related details such as files, emails and so on in one place.
The app comes with a calendar that helps you to identify overlaps in your schedule, allowing you to make adjustments early enough.
The tool’s dashboard enables you to share results with the rest of the team; you can view project progress anytime and take care of what requires urgent attention.
Finally, Asana comes with privacy capability. You can make projects and teams private depending on how sensitive the work is. The app also allows you to choose administrators who set security controls to ensure your organization’s information stays safe.
Streak is another highly useful tool. Streak’s mission is to help you run your “entire business in your inbox.” With a single click, you can share files, email, contacts, and everything else the team needs to work efficiently.
It is cloud-based; you can access your information in Streak from any computer at any time, helping you to work while on the go. You do not need to have consultants or software engineers to maintain Streak — just download the extension and resume work in less than a minute.
With email snooze and thread splitting, you have every deal in the pipeline under control. Uber and Yelp are some of the companies that use Streak.
This tool from Microsoft enables you to save files and photos to OneDrive. You can use any device to access them anytime anywhere. If you lose your device, you will still find your files and pictures in your OneDrive.
The one thing that makes this tool great is that you can access documents without needing to be online. If you are working on a report, you can continue from where you left even if you are now using a different device. The tool automatically updates any changes you make.
Also, the tool helps you share files, photos, and folders with others. You no longer need to send thumb drives or large email attachments. Just send your recipient a link using email, text, Facebook, email, or iMessage.
Use OneDrive alongside Office 365 to create polished documents. Present with clarity and enjoy real-time collaborations with your teams.
Hubspot offers you an all-in-one inbound marketing software. The tool helps you to launch effective marketing campaigns that draw attention and drive targeted traffic. It enables you to push more traffic to key landing pages.
You can use the app to create calls-to-action that get people clicking. Hubspot empowers you to build or modify your website without relying on a web developer.
The app enables you to create relevant content by providing you with real-time search engine optimization suggestions. Also, Hubspot lets you automatically record all the interactions customers have with your brand.
Analyzing the interaction information helps you to understand how each marketing campaign affects sales.
As long as you are in the world of business, you will have to take care of the books. If you are not a numbers person, worry not. Make QuickBooks your friend because it makes accounting easy.
It is easy to navigate and simplifies everyday accounting tasks. The app organizes everything in one place. It assists you in recording bills, expenses, and purchases. You can run income statement reports and more.
Consider connecting your bank accounts to QuickBooks so that you can automatically download bank transactions any time you want. QuickBooks is designed to help you regardless of which type of business you run.
Through this tool, you can set up invoices and receive payment notifications. Finally, preparing your taxes should become much less challenging.
With these must-have tools, managing and growing your home-based business should become easy and efficient. Try them and ensure the success of your home business in the long run.
BIO: Joe Peters is a Baltimore-based freelance writer and an ultimate tech enthusiast. When he is not working his magic as a marketing consultant, this incurable tech junkie enjoys reading about latest apps and gadgets and binge-watching his favorite TV shows. You can reach him @bmorepeters