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The Best Small Business Resources: Productivity and Time Management Tools

Productivity and Time Management Tools

In this series about the best small business resources, we will share how the great tools of today make it easier to grow your business and stay productive, organized and efficient. Check out this list of 6 productivity and time management tools for small businesses.

Resources that Improve Productivity

Evernote

What it does: Evernote is a note-taking app for conducting research, saving information that you find online, sharing sources, and collaborating. If you’re a freelance writer, editor, marketing team leader, or involved in writing, content creation, generating ideas, or research, Evernote will change the way you work. With Evernote, you can “clip” sections of articles or entire website pages and save them to a designated Evernote folder. The Evernote system easily syncs between your computer hard drive, your mobile devices, and the cloud, so you can quickly access any document or piece of information when you’re on the go. Evernote acts like an extension of your brain – but more organized.

Cost: Basic Membership is Free! But you can buy the Premium edition for $4.99 per month or $44.99 per year to unlock additional storage and special features. Or get Evernote for Business for $10 per user per month.

Google Apps for Work

What it does: Google offers business-grade email and productivity tools in a suite of services called Google Apps for Work. The productivity software (Google Docs) is cloud-based and stored on Google Drive. That means you can access your les from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Google Docs have a similar functionality to Microsoft Office. So if you have clients or collaborators who prefer to use Word documents or Excel spreadsheets, you can easily convert the Google Docs versions to Microsoft format. Google Docs makes it easy to share your work with your teammates, whether they’re in the same office or on the other side of the world. Multiple users can review the same document in real-time.

Cost: Google Apps for Work starts at $5 per user per month, or $50 per user per year plus tax.

The Best Time Management Tools

Toggl

What it does: Toggl is an online time tracker/timesheet app that keeps track of how much time you spend working on each particular project. The app enables you to sort and create reports by client, by project, by day, and by week. It can help you make better use of your time, identify sources of wasted time and unprofitable projects, and also improve your team’s overall accuracy and productivity for billable hours.

Cost: Free! There is also a premium version with extra features that costs $5 per month per user.

Remember the Milk

What it does: Remember the Milk is an online to-do list and task manager. It lets you manage tasks from a computer or mobile device, get reminders via e-mail, SMS or IM, share tasks with other people on your team (assign “to-dos,” etc.), and it syncs with Google Calendar and Evernote.

Cost: Free! Or you can upgrade to the “Pro” version for $25 per year, which enables extra features and priority support.

Freedom

What it does: Freedom is an app that helps you avoid online distractions by temporarily disconnecting your computer from the Internet. You simply turn on the Freedom app, tell it how long you need to be able to work offline without distractions, and then go to work.

Cost: One-time payment of $10 (with a 60 day money-back guarantee).

SelfControl

What it does: Like Freedom, SelfControl is also a distraction-avoidance app. However, instead of blocking you from the entire Internet, SelfControl only blocks you from your own customized “Blacklist” of certain websites of your choice. For example, you can block access to Facebook so you won’t get sidetracked every time someone uploads a crazy cat video or likes your latest post. You can set the SelfControl timer for as little as 15 minutes or as long as 24 hours.

Cost: Free!

 

Even though we have come a long way since the pre-Internet era, some things related to running a small business have not changed. Staying productive and utilizing time management strategies are key to ensuring your business continues to remain efficient and profitable.

We have shared 6 productivity and time management tools to make it quicker and easier for you to accomplish all of your small business objectives. If you are looking for even more resources for your small business, check out this BIG list of small business resources we created and watch your small business thrive.

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