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5 Best Tools to Increase Productivity for Entrepreneurs

5 Best Tools to Increase Productivity for Entrepreneurs

Meeting schedules? Project tasks? Or Management operations? All these tasks demand time, effort and sometimes huge numerical calculations. As an entrepreneur, you don’t have time to waste on menial tasks. If these tasks increase the anxiety level to heights, then you need to read this article as this will definitely help you out.

Relax, no more manual procedures as there’s an app for all of these tasks and more. Now, add value to the work by accomplishing it efficiently. In addition, these apps save your time and money as well. With these apps, not only the business tasks are done productively, but accurately as well, as there is no scope for any mistake.

1. Online Project Management System

Real time project management apps accomplish routine management tasks in efficient manner maintaining the accuracy and consistency parameters; this is why the online Project management tools are highly utilized by small to large scale entrepreneurs. Some of the examples in the array of these apps are Avaza and Wrike.

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With the availability of multiple editions, these apps become really proficient. They allow creating a project, adding a task, and assigning and scheduling the tasks at the same time. They offer real-time accessibility to the tasks being managed by other members of the team and rescheduling pending activities of the project, offering collaborative platform.

2. Web Based Billing & Invoicing Software

Invoicing is considered a hassle for nearly every entrepreneur, but can easily lead to being a fun task when your customers start paying their invoices! With the introduction of web based invoicing apps, this daunting operation has become a simple one. The online apps automate invoice process using complete cloud-based procedure. You need no more calculations and no additional efforts, all you need are the accurate figures and a few clicks.

QuickBooks and FreshBooks are amidst the responsive apps. These apps help manage the finances in one place and are compatible over mobile devices. Extensive features offered by these tools are auto- reminders, invoice customization, time- sheet, online banking, client history, inventory tracking and much more.

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3. Online Customer Support Software

The proactive online customer support software offers survey sheets to the customers of every entrepreneur. The surveys further help businesses to understand the scope of improvement or the deficiencies the business is facing. This way, customer satisfaction statistics becomes transparent and the performance of the support staff can easily be measured.

Zendesk and Freshdesk are two major support software apps available online that streamline the respective process and makes customers happy with integrated services. With availability of hundreds of apps, the Zendesk can be customized as per business demands. These apps prioritize customers on the basis of SLA policies and offers automated smart possible solutions to the customer’s problems.

4. Desk Management Tools

Under this category, one of the main tools used by almost all the organizations, irrespective of the business size is PDF Converter. The app efficiently converts files and documents from various file formats to sophisticated PDF. Some of the conversion functions are

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  • Excel to PDF
  • Word to PDF
  • PowerPoint to PDF
  • JPG to PDF

Since PDF is considered as an official format, the responsive file format offers security to integrated data components. Reader for Mac OS and Windows Store Readers are other tools that come with ‘Redesigned interface’ and ‘Touchscreen friendly Views’.

5. Social Media Automation Tools

There are social media management tools as well available online. Hootsuite is one such app available in Enterprise and Pro editions offering distinctive features. The Pro version comes with restrictive functionality whereas Enterprise edition offers unlimited control over countless social profiles.

Another renowned app is Buffer which is quite a proactive app for agencies and marketers. It is also available for individuals. You can control all your social media accounts right from a single location. It allows scheduling the posts for later, selecting a single or multiple accounts, and much more.

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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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