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5 Free IT Management Tools for Entrepreneurs

5 Free IT Management Tools for Entrepreneurs

These days, it seems there is a better way to do almost anything. Whether you share documents and images, manage e-mails, or even update your Facebook and Twitter, there are ways you can do it more efficiently. This ability, of course, is largely because of technology, especially in your mobile phone or tablet. In the past, architects, for example, might have had to send a special message concerning the aircraft over the city. Now they make deliveries to large documents on the phone while lying in bed at night. For small business owners, these improvements are not simply a matter of convenience, but a means to save money, to market their services and retain customers.

If you are an entrepreneur running a business, you understand the importance of every single dollar.

Although the implementation of its core competencies is the key factor of business success, another important step is actually marketing your business. Fortunately, there are hundreds of free IT management tools that can greatly impact your business. Here are some of the best tools of IT management for entrepreneurs

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1. WEBCON BPS

WEBCON Business Process Suite is a complete solution for Microsoft SharePoint to effectively manage documents and business processes in your company. The platform enables you to create almost any business application you think of. The Express version is completely free of charge and without a time limit. What’s more, there are also six free ready-to-use workflows to streamline your IT processes (like help desk, asset management and IT system registry).

What distinguishes this system from other solutions available for Microsoft SharePoint are mainly quick delivery, instant change, user adoption and scalability.

Thanks to its unique workflow engine, an external database and open architecture, WEBCON BPS enables the efficient management of complex processes, and easily integrates with other IT solutions used in its operations.

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It provides effective support to thousands of end users and manages millions of documents.  With WEBCON BPS you will never fall short, even against the most complex or non-standard projects

2. BUFFER

Buffer is a social media management tool that will help you improve your social accounting efforts. We know how powerful social media is for your marketing initiatives, or using a tool like buffer will help increase your followers; involve your audience; and build your brand.

Buffer’s main advantage is its ability to allow you to connect to more than one account in the instrument panel. You can also schedule messages, create a drip campaign and analyse the performance of your messages. Buffer is perfect for new companies looking to increase their social presence. To release the power of the software, you can consider one of their updated plans.

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3. EVERNOTE

As for the marketing of your business, organisation is essential. Ideas can come to you at any time of the day. If you can organise and prioritise your notes, you can take advantage of opportunities.

Evernote will help you capture ideas, inspiration and trends, and are stored in an easily accessible place. You can access it on your phone, laptop or tablet, making it the best place to find and store the contents of ideas, market research, thinking and competitive analysis.

4. MAILCHIMP

E-mail marketing is essential to the success of most companies. While building a brand on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are important; you are limited to the boundaries of these channels. This makes it particularly difficult to move customers through the funnel and provides relatively little control.

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However, e-mail offers a more intimate interaction between the brand and the consumer, providing the tools to effectively manage the consolidation of potential customers. MailChimp is a great free tool for email marketing and one of the easiest for beginners to learn.

 5. RAPPORTIVE

Rapportive is one of the most powerful tools and is highly recommended for free digital marketing. Marketing is all about getting your pitch before the right person and Rapportive helps you do that. The tool connects to your Gmail account; it allows you to find almost any e-mail address. There are tools and resources to it.

The above list covers everything from generating ideas and creating logos, email marketing and visualisation of data. This is just a scratch on the surface of many free IT management tools we have today.

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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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