Time is one of the most valuable resources we have. This is a hard lesson we all learn as we grow older and become wiser. Entrepreneurs, among many, quickly learn about the value of time when the whole weight of their business lies on their shoulders. Because, sometimes, 24 hours in a day is not enough to answer all customer calls, update social profiles, finish all the financial paperwork and achieve results doing so. The truth is that, for a lot of one-man entreprises, one person is not enough to run the whole show - at least not without additional help.
If getting a business partner is not really your thing, then you will love some of the digital productivity tools we have prepared for you. Below is a list of 5 tools we thought can really be helpful when finishing those tedious, operational day to day activities that take so much of your time and energy.
Sending mass emails to prospects is one of the most tedious musts of a modern day enterprise. While big corporations can afford to assign entire teams to this activity only, a small business cannot. This is why using tools like Mail Merge in Google can be of big help, as automating the process can save you literally hours of work. We strongly suggest you watch a tutorial first, and try sending emails to your friends, just to make sure you got the gist of it. You do not want to send a bunch of unsolicited and badly formatted emails to prospects with your professional signature at the bottom.
Even though this is a very useful tool, one disadvantage we must mention is the fact that you cannot send more than 100 emails per day.
This tool is perfect if you spend a lot of time doing accounting or finishing legal work. As most financial reports and statistical research is distributed in PDF format for security and usability reasons, at times it’s hard to do additional work with those documents. This is why Investintech has created a tool that can help you transform data from PDFs into editable numbers you can further work with, analyze, manipulate or represent graphically on a spreadsheet.
The best thing about this tool is that it absolutely free to use, without any limits on file size or number of files you can convert in a day.
Leading a small business with no social media presence is generally considered a really bad move for inbound sales. Fortunately. there is a wide selection of apps that entrepreneurs can utilize to manage social accounts faster. One such tool is OnlyWire, as it allows you to control 50 different social media accounts at once. Instead of going account by account, thinking what content to post and when, Onlywire lets you automate the process. So instead of updating social accounts everyday, you just need to invest some time into organizing yourself and automating posts in advance that you think will be relevant to your readership.
Additionally, this tool also provides much needed statistics for social impact and success. This is a great way to see what your followers respond to the most, and promote that type of content more.
Creating visually appealing content is one of the keys to selling many products and services. Some entrepreneurs are lucky to be naturally creative and know programs like Photoshop or Illustrator to design their websites, content, logos, business cards and much more. For the rest of us, there is Canva — a really simple, intuitive tool to help you create any type of graphic illustration within minutes (or more, depending how much fun you have creating your own illustrations).
Last but not the least, Google Analytics is one of the must haves for any business that maintains an online presence. Your competition probably has it already so you should jump on the bandwagon and integrate it into your website as soon as possible.
This free web tool lets you track important statistics, such as where your visitors are coming from, where they spend their time the most, your bounce rate, and much more. How is this a time saver? By knowing how visitors on your website behave, it will be easier for you to anticipate possible problems that could cost you a lot in the long run. For example, if visitors are not converting as much as you wish, maybe the Buy button is not visible enough to entice them to take the next step. Be proactive!
Listing all possible productivity tools is really difficult, but we hope we have inspired you to try some of these out. What are your favorite time saving tools? Share in the comment section below!