Almost all business owners will – at some point – resolve to become more organized. Whether the goal is to organize your thoughts, physical clutter, finances, customer data, time and more – there is always room for more order and less clutter.
If you’re serious about organizing your life and business, then these 10 online tools will help.
Entrepreneurs need productivity tools to actually help get things done. Things is useful because it breaks down even the most daunting tasks into achievable, bite-size chunks. The easy to use task manager helps you get started in no time, entering and organizing your to-dos.
When you’re managing multiple projects it’s not easy to keep everything in order. With Taskworld you can lay out the work, manage it with custom workflows and visual overviews, chat with your team, securely store documents, and evaluate your team’s performance in real-time. Taskworld is a robust solution for keeping everyone in your office up-to-date on projects that matter most.
Dropbox makes it onto every productivity list for one simple reason. It’s a powerful app that keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share. Never lose a file again and seamlessly share your files with others. Their cloud storage solution with a complementary app allows you to access your digital documents from anywhere, across multiple devices.
Evernote aims to change the way you organize your personal and professional projects. The app will help you dive in: take notes, create to-do lists, and save things you find online. It will also sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically.
(Disclaimer: I’m sharing these organization tips on behalf of The Neat Company.)
Eliminate data entry with Neat. It is a smarter and easier way to get receipts and invoices to your accounting systems. You can use the Neat scanner or Neat app to capture, unlock, and unleash data. The scanning process takes digital documents to the next level – as it parses them and organizes the information in the cloud system making documents easy to find and accessible from anywhere.
Organize your thoughts with Dragon Dictation. This handy app recognizes and transcribes your words at lightning speed, and gives you the flexibility to dictate for any situation. Use your voice to dictate a text message or email, create Facebook status updates or a Tweet, and anything in between – simply speak and see your text content appear. Dragon Dictation is currently available for iOS.
Organized mind, organized life. Headspace is your very own personal trainer, with an aim to help you train your mind. The mobile app makes practicing simple mindfulness techniques easy, from a variety of systems – helping fulfill our mission of a healthier, happier world, one mobile device at a time.
If you don’t want to deal with a bloated accounting software tool, then FreshBooks is your answer. The cloud-based accounting software service is designed for small client-service businesses that send invoices to clients and get paid for their time and expertise. There are subscription levels for use and multiple user capabilities so accounting can be shared across employees or with accounting professionals.
Use your iPad, mobile phone or computer to do invoicing, billing, run reports, or even pay employees online with Quickbooks Online. They offer a robust cloud accounting service that can help with payroll, tracking expenses, and any other financial-related aspect of business. Quickbooks Online also integrates with other programs (such as Neat Premium Service) so expense reports and other financials can be easily sent across services.
PlanBold aims to make complex marketing simple. PlanBold is an online software that organizes knowledge, cultivates ideas and manages marketing strategies to deliver more results for your brand. Best of all, they offer a free 30 day trial.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Jen Cohen Crompton, an entrepreneur-in-residence at The Neat Company, has extensive experience with small businesses, including founding her own business, Something Creative, in 2008. Since joining The Neat Company, Crompton has worked as an ambassador to small-business owners and managers by offering thought-provoking insights into how they can work smarter. Connect with @NeatCompany on Twitter.
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