There are so many software programs out there claiming to make your life easier and to make your work more productive. Here are the 5 essentials I think you need, especially if you are a home business, start-up, or need to be mobile. I like cloud/internet based programs so you can travel with your work. I mean, who doesn’t dream of sitting on the beach creating invoices?
Wave This is a 100% free internet based accounting software. You only get charged for processing payments like invoices and payroll as you use them. Which is super great for new businesses! They also have application integration that works with your other programs like Mailchimp, to really make life easier. Say you create a new customer, it will add that customer to your Mailchimp newsletter, cutting down the time you spend.
Hootsuite This internet based social media manager keeps you sane! You can manage 3 social media accounts on the free based version and additional ones in the paid versions. If you’re like me, you have a bunch of ideas to add to your social media that come at once. Instead of saving those ideas for later, you can create them and then have Hootsuite push them to your social media accounts later.
Trello Trello is an internet based project management application. You create a board, add your team members, and then get to work. It is simple to start and keeps everyone on the same page. In each board you have the ability to attach files, create checklists and make sure all of your notes are under that project. You can also use it for a CRM manager, plus it’s free if only you are using it! ($10 per user if more teams need to be added)
WordPress If you aren’t blogging, you aren’t being seen. Having a blog helps you create content that you can share with your followers and then drive them to your website. I have used several platforms in the past for blogging and website management; WordPress seems to be the one that has the learning curve and is more user friendly as you add more content and grow your website. With it’s build in website hosting for as low as $4 per month, it really is one of those low risk investments that really can change how you will find your next dream customer.
MailChimp This is a newsletter manager that is internet based and so easy to use. Creating newsletter content to send to your customers and pushing you to being the expert in their minds is incredibly simple with MailChip. As mentioned above, it can integrate with other applications, truly creating a seamless hustle. They have a free plan to get you started if you have under 2,000 email subscribers and sending under 12,000 emails a month.