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5 Useful Chatbots for Small Business Owners

5 Useful Chatbots for Small Business Owners

Small business owners are the ones who cannot afford to have an extra labor like assistants or hire people because their income is limited. But the tech world is on its rise and it has been solving problems for people from every walk of life since day one. This new wave of AI and chatbots is producing some really good chatbots that are just perfect for a small business owner. Got a small business? Incorporate them in your work and feel the difference! You’ll be binge watching the shows again.

RightClick.io

RightClick.io is an automated website builder powered by AI. RightClick.io enables you to create your website in minutes. How? It has a chatbot named AIWA. AIWA uses Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing algorithms to understand messages and perform tasks accordingly. RightClick.io will be (because they are in pre-launch phase) the ultimate solution to your website problems.

You can create a website just by chatting with their bot and it will save a lot of time. They have a strict no-admin-panel rule that will simplify the complexities of website builders. You will be able to make an edit just by clicking the right button on your mouse. Hover the cursor to your desired content or imagery, click right and you’re done! It’s that simple.

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    Jarvis

    Who doesn’t like J.A.R.V.I.S from Iron Man? The Hi-Tech AI assistant with the world integrated. This Jarvis is not that hi-tech but it still can assist you with the reminders! Jarvis was one of the early entrants when Facebook launched its Messenger platform for the chatbots.

    Jarvis works on a good algorithm that detects your time zone and sets your reminders accordingly. It’s a good conversational bot as well. Not like Poncho but it has a good grip on conversations. Mainly, it is a scheduler assistant that will remind you if today is your wife’s birthday or you have to buy something.

      TacoBot

      Don’t you just love Taco Bell? Everybody does! Well, it’s good news that now they have a chatbot for all the work enthusiasts. Who’s got the time to order taco for lunch by making a phone call? It takes time and diverts your attention from work. TacoBot solves the equation by letting you order tacos without making any phone call.

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      Just talk to the TacoBot and you are done! TacoBot is a friendly chatbot that is AI-powered. Since Slack is the darling of enterprises, TacoBot is exclusively available on Slack so you can easily make an order while working. TacoBot is not available yet but you can join the waitlist by simply going to their website.

        BookFlight

        Travelling is important in any business and the BookFlight chatbot enables you to avoid the big hassle that is booking flight tickets. If you are always on the go, it becomes much too hectic to take out the time from your busy schedule and book flight tickets. But BookFlight is here to save the day!

        You can easily book your flight tickets on the cheapest fares just by talking to this chatbot. It has a retrieval based model integrated that allows the chatbot to look for the cheapest airline fares and get you the best deal. When I tried this chatbot, I was happy to save money! BookFlight is available on Telegram.

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          Swelly

          What to wear for the dinner? Boots or Sneakers? Can’t decide if you should take this deal or not? Ask people! Every day, we make a lot of decisions and we need people to help us with them at times. It often happens that a friend’s advice makes you choose the right option. But friends aren’t available all the time. Swelly solves that problem.

          Swelly is a chatbot available on Messenger, Kik, Telegram and iOS that helps millions of people daily with making decisions. It simply sends you their questions and you can reply with your opinion. Got no time for that? Ask a question instead and you’ll get your answers quickly!

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            Conclusion

            Chatbots are still in their nascent phase but they have started to help us already. An entrepreneur or a small business owner who is always busy with their work can get nothing better than these cute little conversational agents to minimize the workload.

            Featured photo credit: GettyImages via gettyimages.ca

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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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