Planning in your business is critical to your success. Having goals and working towards them is a proven path to success, but why do so few entrepreneurs do it? Many say it takes too much time, or is too complicated. I’ve got 3 easy tools that you can use to not only plan, but to keep your business on track all year.
Best of all, these tools are all free! Whether you are just starting out in business or smartly keeping a lid on your expenses, these fit the budget. Sometimes a simple spreadsheet works for some things, but for others, like keeping track of your money, you need a more comprehensive solution.
I’ve tried a bunch of different accounting packages, including Freshbooks and Simply Accounting, but I found WaveApps way easier to use. I admit I’m not a numbers person, so I need to have something simple that I can use without a degree!
I have been using WaveApps for over a year now and I love it! It syncs with your bank accounts and Paypal. You can accept credit cards using Stripe. The software is free, except if you use the Stripe feature, then they take a percentage. You can personalize your invoices and bill in multiple currencies. There are many more features to this robust software.
While I do hand everything off to an accountant, WaveApps has great reports that I can print out to give to them.
Slack is slick! It’s a great collaboration tool that helps you keep in touch with your team. It’s great on mobile, so you can communicate about your projects while you’re on the go. It’s very easy to use. You can create multiple projects and invite people to the ones they need to be involved with.
Need to brainstorm? Popplet is a wonderful mind-mapping tool that is collaborative too! It works both on the web and iPad and colleagues can be signed in at the same time so that you can work on a project at the same time.
It’s graphical nature allows you to change colors and upload photos, making it a great learning and collaborative tool. You can organize blog ideas, manage content and make presentations. I find that brainstorming is so important in my business.
It’s also great for the classroom. Teachers can use it to introduce concepts and ideas in a beautifully visual way.
As we get closer to the end of the year, many business owners take their foot off the gas and coast until the end of the year. Take this time to plan your goals for next year and keep the the gas on. Pedal to the metal, baby!