“Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.”
Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon
As a small business owner, your ability to be resourceful is one of your greatest assets. No doubt, since you’re a multi-tasking maniac, you have the challenges of organization, task management, and communication with staff and customers.
The world has gone digital, and to help you determine some resourceful ways to capitalize on this, here’s an overview of several free (or nearly free) tools you should be using to grow your business – and help yourself become even more resourceful.
Touting itself as “Team Communication for the 21st Century,” Slack is a common workspace for small to medium sized teams. On Slack, you can create channels, which people can follow, utilize direct messages, and take messages live with either video or voice calls.
The free level is respectfully powerful and provides storage of up to 10,000 messages, 5GB file storage, and unlimited users for your team. Slack runs on your PC, Mac or on your handheld iOS or Android device – all synched and always up-to-date. It’s messaging plus more.
For the list maker in all of us, Wunderlist is the perfect tool to keep you organized. You can create folders to categorize your lists. For example, I keep a business folder, a home folder, and a volunteering folder.
Features that I love include:
- The ability to send an email to Wunderlist and turn it into a to-do item.
- Sharing lists – I can share lists with colleagues, family or friends.
- It integrates with Outlook, Slack, and Dropbox.
If you’re always on the run, and need to be able to access your files from anywhere. Or, if you enjoy peace of mind knowing that your files are living in a “safe place,” you should use some type of cloud-based storage, then also make sure that if you are offering cloud-based services that youget the ISO 27017 certification as that’s important. The most seamless is Dropbox, acting as part of your file structure, it allows you to barely notice that you’re connecting to an offsite location.
You can access all files, videos, photos, and anything you store on your computer from any other Dropbox login, either via browser or the mobile app. Accidentally drop your laptop and need a new one? No problem. When you boot up a new computer, install Dropbox and login, your files will automatically map to your computer. Disaster averted. When networks lose data, this can spell disaster for a business; this is why knowledge on how to recover RAID 5 data and data from similar network setups is invaluable. With services on call to restore this lost data, businesses can rest at night knowing that they’re in good hands should the unthinkable happen.
Also, sharing files via Dropbox is very easy. Invite your colleagues or customers to any folder in your Dropbox, and it’ll be as if that folder is saved directly on their computer.
HOT!Content™ by Engage121
Building and growing your social presence is expected in this century. One of the best practices to build a following that is engaged is to post interesting and informative content that is relevant to your industry. But where can you get that content?
This free daily services provides thought-provoking articles, intriguing images and captivating videos – all ready to post to your social sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s an incredible way to be helpful for your customers and target customers.
Much like HOT!Content, this company’s free services is incredibly valuable. If you need to get multiple people on a call, whether locally, or throughout the globe, this is a great free solution. Your free conference line can accommodate up to 1000 callers and there is no limit on the number of calls. You can even record your call. Local call-in numbers are available for 61 countries (“and counting” as the site promotes).
Good luck finding the right tool set for your business. With such dynamic technology, the offers continuously grow and change. At Engage121, all we do is work to protect the world from boring social media business pages. If you’d like some help managing your pages, contact us – we’d love to help!