Great Free Apps for Small Business Owners

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Turn The Page Online Marketing loves to be productive and efficient. (What business doesn’t?) For a business that uses the Internet for pretty much everything it does, it seems only natural to wonder if there are online tools out there to help make things go as smoothly as possible. We combined knowledge of some apps and we searched for new and exciting things to get us through the day. What we found was so cool that we just had to share everything with our fellow Page Turners in one of our lunch and learn meetings, and with small business owners everywhere with this blog. Here are some of the apps we use every day:

1. Trello

Trello is the most intuitive and user-friendly ways to manage employee workloads and tasks. It’s basically a digital bulletin board where users can create their own boards, add lists to those boards, categorize the tasks (cards) in the lists, and assign people and deadlines to those cards. We love the checklist feature that you can add to every card, because sometimes we need a reminder of what every task entails. The app puts everything in front of the user, and provides a great visual representation of a workload. Users can easily communicate with Trello’s commenting feature, and with Trello’s push and email notifications, people really don’t have an excuse not to see things and get them done. Trello enables us to collaborate on content and social strategy for every client and create editorial calnedars. We use it to manage blogs and social postings by  as you can see below.

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2. Toggl

If Trello has one drawback, it’s the lack of a timer for tasks. For companies that have hourly employees or otherwise want to track time, that’s an obstacle. We were thrilled when we discovered Toggl, because it meant that we didn’t have to use our smartphone timers anymore. Toggl integrates with pretty much any online application, including Trello. All a user has to do is install the app and click “Start Timer.” The app notifies you when you aren’t using the timer, and perhaps even more useful, when it’s been running for an absurd amount of time. (Like when we forget that it’s running at the end of the day, and it looks like we’ve been working on a blog for 16 hours the next morning.) Toggl even emails reports of tracked time every week. Simplicity is pretty awesome.

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3. Zapier

It may seem difficult integrating everything. For example, you may use Google Drive to store information about your services like we do, but you want that information on Trello so you don’t have to switch back and forth from multiple documents and browser tabs. That’s where Zapier comes in. This app connects different tools in a big way. We link Google Sheets to Trello. The connection (zap) enables a user to update a spreadsheet with different tasks, links and notes within those tasks, and Trello is automatically updated with new cards. I know. It’s magic.

Managing a business and keeping things running can take up a lot of your time and energy. These apps make things go a little smoother. For more app suggestions, keep your eye out for part 2 of Great Apps for Small Businesses or call Turn The Page at (816) 527-8371 or (844) 889-5001 today.

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