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Small Business: Top 5 Time-Saving Tools

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By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 08:08 AM

Small-business owners literally have to make every second of their busy workday count. Wasted minutes and hours essentially will turn into lost dollars for your business.

“Being your own boss can mean being your own marketing department, public relations team or sales squad — you name it, small business owners often end up handling it themselves, at least at some point,” explains investor, author and philanthropist David Nilssen, who offered his pick of the top five small-business tools for Entrepreneur.com.

“These tools leverage technology so that you don’t lose time that’s critical to your business success. You can turn your car into your office, and you can use the spare minutes you spend waiting in line for coffee or to board a plane to knock out key communications. The more effectively you work, and the more time you save, the more you can concentrate on the aspects of your business (and life) that are near and dear to your heart. For me, that’s what it all boils down to.”

His top 5:

 

Buffer (Social media made easy)

"This user-friendly social media management tool helps me distribute content across major channels — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. — with minimum hassle. It’s free for individuals, but Buffer offers upgraded packages starting at $10 a month to cover multiple profiles, teams and agencies. Sleeker and easier for beginners than tools like Hootsuite, Buffer simplifies the management aspect so you’ve got more time to hone your message," he said.


Outlook (Smarter inbox, smarter email)

"I use Microsoft Outlook to either delete, respond, drag to, task or process all mail. Never keep email in your inbox. It creates unnecessary stress and leaves you always feeling behind. Most people use “folders,” but that’s highly inefficient. Processing mail immediately helps me prioritize and label every email that comes my way. This eliminates the need for folders (and trying to determine which one an email should be assigned to), by allowing me to label each email with one or many categories of my choosing. This makes them simple to find when the time comes," he said.

OnStar (Your car as your ally)

"When I’m on the road, OnStar is my go-to. I rely on its excellent AtYourService tool, which comes at no extra cost with my Guidance Plan. With a press of OnStar’s blue button, I can connect to a live adviser for assistance in looking up destination addresses, finding nearby gas stations, making restaurant reservations and even booking hotel rooms. There’s a mobile app as well," he said.


Waze (Savvy navigation)

Waze is a community-based navigation app that issues turn-by-turn voice directions and provides road alerts before you get stuck in a back-up. "When you enter a new destination and leave the app open on your phone, it contributes passively to traffic data, but app users can also actively share information, pointing out cheap prices at gas stations, reporting accidents and editing maps to update local road data. Available free for iOS, Android and Windows Phones, this handy app saves me time, gas money and headaches," he said.

TripIt (Taming your travel itinerary)

"TripIt consolidates confirmations for flights, hotels, car rentals and restaurant bookings into an easy-to-digest master itinerary that I synchronize with my calendar or share selectively with colleagues or family. The free app allows me to access all my info on most of my devices, even offline."

 

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