5 Free Programs You Need As A Business Owner Right Now - The Inspired Boss

5 Free Programs You Need As A Business Owner Right Now

Wearing all the hats is not easy. Which is why great systems and programs are an absolute goldmine for they help you, as a creative business owner, get organised and systemised so you can focus on being the creative that you are!

 We at The Inspired Boss have searched high and low and tried and tested these 5 free programs that you should be using RIGHT NOW.

These are programs that will help you manage your productivity, track your progress, assist with project management and help you enjoy seamless team communication!

Sounds good? Bam. Let’s get into it.

 

1. Trello … for your to-do’s

Looking for something that’s going to organise your projects visually and help you track your progress as you go? Try Trello.  

“Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.” – Trello 

Use different ‘boards’ for each project, ‘cards’ to keep track of each task that needs to be completed and track how much progress you’ve made for each.

The program syncs with google drive, slack, mailchimp, onedrive, salesforce and slack (just to name a few).

Find out more about Trello here.

 

Credit: Trello

 

2. Streak for Gmail… for your CRM

“Run your entire business from your inbox.” – Streak for gmail

Is the tagline worth its weight? Yes. Yes it is.

This CRM for your emails is an office favourite – think unlimited email tracking in the form of whose read it, when AND on what device. In addition to email tracking streak also gives you the benefit of:

> Replacing multiple external systems

> Information always being available as the system is cloud-based

> Syncs with Google Apps

Find out more about Streak here.

Credit: Streak

 

3. Moment… so you stay focused

“Put down your phone and get back to your life.” This one is an app. And it will be your ultimate productivity hack.

Think about it. How much unnecessary time do we spend on our phones? A lot. Moment helps you monitor how much time you’re spending and to cut back on overuse.

If you jump on their website (see link below), the amount of companies using this app is pretty bloody impressive – if that doesn’t convince you to try it out maybe these benefits will:

> Teach yourself to use your phone less

> Insight into which apps you use the most

> Install the app and then forget about it i.e. the app is automatic

Find out more about Moment here. 

 

 

4. Slack … for team communication

One. Of. Our. Favourites.

“Where work happens.” – Slack

Slack has completely changed workplace communication (we’re not exaggerating). In fact, we’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of the app before.

Have you ever sat in a meeting thinking “this literally could have been communicated in an email.” Slack takes that thought and turns it into something even better – a communication thread you WANT to be involved in.

So how does Slack make your workplace comms easier?

> Communication ‘channels’ can be divvied up by team, project, client, or whatever else is relevant to your organisation

> Team members can join and leave channels as needed (unlike lengthy email chains)

> Threads keep side conversations from derailing the topic or project at hand

Slack syncs with over 1000 other apps. Find out more about it here.

 

Credit: Slack 

 

5. Wave … for finances

Ahhhh finances. A pain-in-the-butt for most entrep’s, but also a MUST DO. Getting on top of them can be a struggle, which is where Wave comes in – it makes the process a whole lot easier.

“Track your expense, send invoices, get paid and balance your books with Wave.” – Wave

The app incorporates 4 aspects of accounting and helps simplify them for you:

  • Accounting: track your income and expense
  • Invoicing: create and send professional invoices
  • Payments: get paid faster with credit card payments
  • Payroll: pay your employees and handle taxes easily

Take Accounting off your “things I dread list”, find out more about Wave here.

 

Hopefully one if not ALL of these five free programs have jumped out at you and made you want to download them, stat.

If you have any free programs that have changed or truly systemised your business, we’d LOVE to hear it. Share them with us below …

 

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