As a rule of thumb, small businesses should use up as little financial resources as possible, especially during the startup phases of the business. Given that as a backdrop, productivity and cost-efficiency should go hand in hand. And if you’re on the lookout for tools that do just that, check these four out:
Technological innovations through CRMs and intranets are defining the productivity game in a whole new light, so that using tools like Excel and Access to perform back-office work is so old school. If you’re thinking CRMs and intranets are too pricey for a small to medium-sized business like yours, you might be surprised to know that’s not always the case.
Bitrix24.com is a social enterprise application that’s 100% free for companies with a headcount total of 12. Bitrix24 unites several different work tools into a single platform, in essence your all-in-one workspace – CRM for transactions and sales tracking, real-time activity streaming, project management, file and document sharing, calendar and activity planning, workforce monitoring, to name a few. Bitrix24 also is cloud-based and therefore doesn’t require any installation. It can, as well, be accessed anywhere where there’s Internet connection, whether via a smartphone or your computer’s browser, allowing you the convenience of a workplace that’s constantly on the go. For larger companies with more than 12 people, an upgrade to unlimited users is pegged at a minimal $99 per month.
A lot of businesses nowadays involve travel, whether that’s for deal signings, conferences, demonstrations, promotions, etc. If your business calls for travel on a regular basis, cutting down on travel expenses through budget airlines is one smart move. Then again, given the competition in the airline industry where airlines keep their promotional offers into their own sites, to get to the best and cheapest ticket deal, you need to make time to literally hop from one site to another.
JetRadar.com is a search platform that thoroughly searches through 728 airlines and hundreds of travel and flight sites for the cheapest possible airfare tickets, and makes the collected data painlessly accessible in a single location. JetRadar ensures you get the most for your money while substantially trimming down the hours you would otherwise have to spend scouring websites for the best and most affordable plane fare deals.
Imagine having to go back to lining up to withdraw some cash from the bank. You know, those pre-ATM days. Unimaginable, eh? Well, that’s just one example of how automation has changed lives forever. Automation is here for the long haul, business or otherwise.
Comindware.com is an online automation and collaboration solution that targets cross-functional work teams. Comindware allows you and your team to automate workflow processes, better track issues and administer tasks. With ElasticData, an ultra-flexible technology Comindware Tracker is built upon, you can formulate your workflow process now and change them later, if changes are warranted, without disturbing current operations. With Comindware Task Management, next-step tasks are automatically generated, giving your staff members a clear picture of how a project is progressing while Comindware quietly moves things along in the background. To test if it’s the solution to your automation requirements, Comindware allows you to deploy the software in your own unique environment for free for 30 days. And when you’re ready to make that leap, considerable discounts are offered for bulk license purchases.
If you’re looking for a business name or a website domain, know that unique and easy-to-remember do wonders, especially in a marketplace that’s already teeming with similar businesses or websites. If you’re too busy to put your creativity into full gear and come up with the name or domain yourself, you can always count on branding agencies to do a good job for you, but at a price that may be too costly – up to thousands of dollars.
PickyDomains.com is a naming platform that utilizes the Internet community’s creativity to come up with one-of-a-kind, catchy and relevant names, domains and slogans for individuals and small businesses. Established in 2007 and the first of its kind, PickyDomains now has over 50,000 registered in its broad contributor base. To start getting recommendations, register with the site to become a client, pay $50 if what you need is a name or domain (slogans are worth $75) and specify your naming boundaries. If it turns out none of the suggestions you’re given is good enough, just ask for a refund, which makes the service 100% risk-free.