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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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