Whether you’re just launching an online business, looking to expand and grow, or are looking for ways to make your business operate more professionally and smoothly, there are plenty of smart and affordable software tools that can help you.
From managing your tasks and projects to converting your website into an app, we’ve made a list of 5 top tools that will save you time, money and a lot of frustration.
If you’re managing a team, you need to know about Asana. Asana was built as a project management tool by Facebook to improve workflow, now it’s used by startups around the world. Organize and assign tasks, check progress, and run reports to make sure everyone is managing their time well and keeping on top of their deadlines.
For businesses below 15 team members, it’s absolutely free. Beyond that, their monthly payment plan is affordable and scales with your business.
Everhour is an indispensable time-tracking tool. It’s great for teams and for solo freelancers. With Everhour you (and your team members) can time how long a task takes you, and use that information to make predictions on future tasks and projects. It makes billing clients and scheduling a breeze.
You can integrate Everhour into Asana to create estimates and track your team’s progress on their individual tasks.
So you’ve developed a shiny website or web app. You’re getting great feedback from it. You’re flying. But now your customer base is requesting a native app that they can download onto their iOS and Android devices.
Native apps generally run more smoothly and don’t necessarily require internet access to fully function. As an added benefit, push notifications provide another opportunity for you to inform your customers of the latest offers and updates to your service.
You may have ruled out converting your web app into an iOS or Android app believing it to be too complicated, or too expensive. Luckily, WebViewGold makes it simple and affordable.
For a one-off payment, they provide simple templates so straightforward to use that you don’t need any coding knowledge whatsoever! Your new iOS or Android app could be ready to be submitted to Apple App Store and Google Play in under an hour. Free lifetime updates are also included as part of the service.
If you haven’t even got a web app yet, this tool is for you. apprat.io is to web apps what Squarespace is to websites. It’s a simple drag-and-drop app builder that lets you create a beautiful, fully responsive app from scratch, without any coding.
Apps created with Apprat.io can be exported to iOS, Android and the web, and any changes you make are instantly updated without needing to manually update your app. Genius!
Canva is a graphic design tool that lets you create banner ads, social media posts, blog graphics, email headers, logotypes, and even business cards. It’s super simple to use and free at the point of use, though for $1 each, you can choose to purchase graphics and photos uploaded by designers.
Choose from one of their templates, or if you’re confident in your design skills go freestyle. It’s a great tool to use to keep your branding consistent through all your communications.
So there you go. 5 online tools that every new business owner should know about. Let these smart solutions do the heavy lifting on the subsidiary tasks of running a business while you focus on your product or service.