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12 Incredible Business Tools No Solopreneur Should Miss

12 Incredible Business Tools No Solopreneur Should Miss

While there are lots of advantages to being a solo entrepreneur, being a one-person company can sometimes be difficult. You do it all yourself: managing appointments, sorting out taxes, following leads and managing social media. However, this is a great time to work for yourself, with hundreds of business tools and apps to help you along the way. Check out 10 different business tools to help you make working for yourself more efficient and easier.

1. Rapportive

Rapportive

    Rapportive is a free add-on business tool for Gmail which shows LinkedIn profiles in Gmail. This means whenever you log onto your Gmail account, you can get information on each of your email contacts, including their social media accounts and where they work – a huge time-saver for solo entrepreneurs. You can also see if they are nearby for convenient meetings.

    2. Shoeboxed

    Shoeboxed

      If you’re tired of keeping a paper trail of receipts, forms and business cards, ShoeBoxed is the perfect app for you. This free business tool lets you scan in all of your important papers, making your information easier to navigate and organize – ideal for taxes!

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      3. TweetDeck

      TweetDeck

        TweetDeck is very useful to any solo entrepreneur who regularly uses Twitter. TweetDeck provides you with a customizable dashboard where you can schedule tweets to be posted, monitor multiple timelines and manage multiple accounts, making your Twitter easier to use and improving your content.

        4. RescueTime

        RescueTime

          If you work from home and struggle to stay motivated, RescueTime could make the time you work much more productive. RescueTime helps you by tracking the activity on your computer to let you know what you waste the most time on while you’re working, making the time you work more efficient. If you really struggle to motivate yourself, you can even use the app to block certain sites while you’re working.

          5. Bitly

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          Bitly

            Bitly is a great business tool for users of Twitter. One of the original apps that shorten links, Bitly is a must for sharing URLs when you have a 140 character limit. Bitly also provides you with a history of the links’ performance, which is a great way to track your reach and influence.

            6. Shake

            Shake

              Shake is a web and mobile app that creates legally binding agreements in seconds, which is an ideal way to create quick contracts for freelance jobs. You can also create loans, leases, sales and non-disclosure agreements, saving you time as you take on new projects.

              7. LikeAlyzer

              LikeAlyzer

                This free Facebook analysis tool shows you stats and insights into your posts and webpage, even showing a list of recommendations for you. It helps you to keep track of competitors and will compare you to other pages, helping you to improve your social media page efficiently.

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                8. RivalIQ

                RivalIQ

                  It is important to be aware of your competition and to improve your social media pages if you are a solo entrepreneur. RivalIQ is a useful business tool that allows you to monitor your competitor’s data and social media, helping you to analyse and improve your own pages.

                  9. Infogr.am

                  Infogr.am

                    Infogr.am is a business tool that help you build beautiful infographics by simply entering information into the provided spreadsheets. You can use Infogr.am to quickly create monthly reports, graphs, charts and progress reports.

                    10. Compfight

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                    Compfight

                      If you run a blog or a website which uses images, Compfight is a great source for creative commons images to go with your content. This business tool is great for making your pages look more attractive and professional – just make sure to provide credit for the image, as each picture comes with an attribution.

                      11. Mention

                      Mention

                        If you are active on social media, Mention is a great business tool that allows you to keep track of all the different places you get mentioned online. Going beyond Google Alerts, Mention tracks everywhere online for your name and company, quickly showing you every time you have been mentioned online.

                        12. News.me

                        News.me

                          If you don’t have time to waste on social media, News.me will show you the top stories from your Facebook and Twitter in a daily summary. If you find social media distracting or time wasting, News.me is a fantastic way to make your use of social media as efficient as possible.

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                          Last Updated on June 13, 2019

                          15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

                          15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

                          Knowledge is power, and you’re going to need a lot of it if you’re going to be able to steer your business to success.

                          Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best entrepreneurs books to get inspirations about success and grow your business.

                          1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

                            This book has been dubbed the Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature, and it was actually the first book that gave a prescription of what it takes to be a winner.

                            Napoleon Hill draws from the stories of millionaires like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, and Thomas Edison to illustrate the principles he put forth.

                            Get the book here!

                            2. The Lean Startup by Eric Reis

                              A lot of startups end up failing, but many of these failures are actually avoidable. The Lean Startup provides a different approach that is now being adopted all over the world and changing the way that companies are developed and products are being launched.

                              In The Lean Startup, Eric Reis describes what is required for a company to penetrate the fog of uncertainty in order to discover a path to a sustainable and successful business.

                              Get the book here!

                              3. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

                                In a revised edition of the 150,000-copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber refutes some of the myths that surround starting your own business and shows just how commonplace assumptions can end up getting in the way of being able to run a successful business.

                                Gerber succeeds in walking the reader through the steps that occur in the life of a business, from infancy, through the pains of growing as an adolescent, to the perspective of the mature entrepreneur.

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                                Get the book here!

                                4. Rework by Jason Fried

                                  Most of the business books that you get today will give you the same advice: draft a business plan, study the competition, look for investors, and all that.

                                  However, Rework shows you a more effective, easier and faster means of succeeding when running a business. By reading it, you’ll be able to know why some plans are harmful, why you don’t really need to get investors, and why you’re better of shutting out your competition.

                                  Get the book here!

                                  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

                                    This is one of the most successful motivational books in history, selling well over 15 million copies since it was released in 1936. The book is timeless, and it appeals to businesses, self-help startups, and general readers.

                                    Carnegie believes that a lot of successes come from an ability to communicate rather than having brilliant insights. In his book, he teaches how to value others and make them feel appreciated and loved.

                                    Get the book here!

                                    6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

                                      Through this amazing book, Malcolm Gladwell is able to take the reader on an intellectual journey through the world of ‘outliers’. He asks the question of what truly differentiates high-achievers.

                                      His answer to this question is that we tend to pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and less attention to where they are actually from.

                                      Get the book here!

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                                      7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

                                        This is the best personal finance book ever written. It tells the story of Kiyosaki and his two fathers; his real father, and that of his best friend (his rich dad), as well as how the two men helped him shape his opinions on money and investing.

                                        It refutes the myth that you need to earn high to become rich, and it distinguishes between working for money and having money work for you.

                                        Get the book here!

                                        8. The Ascent of Money: The Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

                                          Niall Ferguson, in this book, follows the money to tell the story behind the evolution of the word’s financial system, from the beginning way back in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest occurrences in what he had dubbed Planet Finance.

                                          Fergusson also reveals financial history as the backstory behind our very own history, with an argument that the evolution of debt and credit is as significant as the history of technological innovation and the rise of civilization.

                                          Get the book here!

                                          9. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

                                            Michael Lewis landed a job at Salomon Brothers after getting out of the London School of Economics and Princeton within three years, he had risen to the rank of bond salesman, making millions for the firm and cashing out steadily.

                                            Liar’s Poker is the amalgamation of these years — a look behind the scenes at one of the most turbulent times in American business. His book is Lewis’s account of an era where greed and gluttony were the order of the day.

                                            Get the book here!

                                            10. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Michael H. Pink

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                                              A lot of people see money as the best motivator. Michael pink says it’s a mistake.

                                              In this provocative book, he asserts that the secret to high performance anywhere is the need to direct our lives, to learn and create, and to do better by our world and ourselves.

                                              Get the book here!

                                              11. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

                                                Outdated methods don’t work in today’s world. In this book, Allen shares some awesome methods for stress-free performance that he has shared with thousands of people all over the world.

                                                His premise? That productivity is proportional to your ability to relax.

                                                Get the book here!

                                                12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

                                                  In this book, Stephen Covey presents a holistic approach for overcoming both professional and personal issues. With insights and anecdotes, Covey presents a way to live with integrity fairness, service and dignity.

                                                  Get the book here!

                                                  13. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

                                                    In this book, Ferriss dishes on the tips he has learned from studying the New Rich, a subculture of people who did away with the deferred life plan and mastered time and mobility to developed luxury lifestyles for themselves.

                                                    If you’re looking to make your way in this revolutionary new world, this here is your compass.

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                                                    14. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

                                                      The CEO of Zappos shows how a unique kind of corporate identity can help deliver a huge difference in the way results are being achieved — by creating a company that values and delivers happiness.

                                                      Get the book here!

                                                      15. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

                                                        From Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Records and V2 to Virgin Cola, Virgin Megastores and a wide array of other companies, Richard Branson is the rockstar billionaire that a lot of us want to be.

                                                        Branson, however, did business by following a simple philosophy:

                                                        “Oh, screw it, let’s do it”

                                                        Losing My Virginity is an unusual, borderline outrageous autobiography of one of the greatest business geniuses in the world. Branson and his friends named their business “Virgin” because that was what they were — virgins at the game.

                                                        Since then, he’s written his success rules, creating a global business that has no headquarters, no management structure no corporate identity as it were.

                                                        Get the book here!

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