By Sabine Ghali
Managing a startup is no easy feat. From the day that you had the idea behind your business to when you open the door, thousands of different tasks will require your focused attention.
When you have so much to handle, finding tools that make things a little bit easier and a lot more efficient can be a serious game changer. With the right tools, you could even revolutionize profitability and start a whole new chapter in your startup’s life.
These four digital tools can help accelerate nearly any startup; are you ready to put them to good use?
There are many different project management tools out there, but most of them must be set up in a way that tends to suit one’s team’s needs over another’s. When you’re running a small team in a startup, you may quickly discover that it is difficult to find a management tool that everyone is happy using.
One tool that has worked for many startup owners is ClickUp. This free tool allows for Google Calendar integration, prioritization, image mockups, goal input, and more. On top of all of these functions, each individual member can choose from three different task views. Between these three options, every member of your team can find something they are happy with.
Project management tools are a great way to keep your startup team focused on specific, actionable goals, but these tools are only effective if they work for everyone. ClickUp has the flexibility to be that tool.
You’ve probably heard of Eventbrite before. It’s possible that you have even booked a ticket to a local theater show or concert through their website, but have you ever considered how you might be able to use Eventbrite to support your startup?
There are two major ways that Eventbrite could help you to rapidly grow your business.
First, you could use Eventbrite to create and market your next big event. Whether you want to hold a recruitment fair or an event night to show off your latest innovation, Eventbrite makes it easy to host tickets and manage the details of that night.
Another way to use Eventbrite is simply by checking out what events are going on near you. Is there an upcoming fair related to your target market? Use Eventbrite to find out who is coordinating the event, and see if you can get yourself an invite to present about your business or a related topic.
Using Eventbrite to grow your business might not be as intuitive as other tools, but the event marketing tools that they offer are stellar, and you should give it a try.
This invite-only tool might be just the thing that you need to find the perfect fit for any position. While this tool is still in testing mode, it works something like this. You submit a social media profile link and any information that you might have about a potential candidate. The tool will use a specific search method to find public information, like their email address.
If you need an expert on a very specific topic but aren’t sure how to get ahold of the right person, using a tool like Prophet can save you tons of time and help you find what you are looking for.
Okay, we admit it – Slack is a well-known tool, but not everyone is aware of just how much using it regularly can change the productivity of their startup.
If you’re not familiar with this tool, Slack is a communication tool that can be used to have individual, group, or company-wide conversations. This tool can even be used to assign and track the completion of tasks within the company.
But we don’t recommend Slack simply because it is one of the fastest growing tools around. Rather, we recommend Slack because the services offered by this chatting app really make working easier. From integrating Google Sheets to lining up with DropBox, the free version available to startups can make a world of difference in how your workflow is managed.
Better Tools Lead To Success
While it can be tempting to avoid investing any time into digital tools like these because there are so many options out there, using the right tools to support your team can save you time, money, and mental energy.
Running a startup successfully is about being smart about how you handle your efficiency and productivity. With these tools, any time and money investments are well worth the risk.
Sabine Ghali is Director at Buttonwood Property Management, a property management company in Toronto. She is an entrepreneur at heart who endeavors to help investors create real estate wealth over time in the Greater Toronto Area. Sabine is published in a number of media outlets, including Toronto Sun and Gulf News, among many others.