Business Tools & Resources

Going into a New Year (I can’t believe I am saying that already) one of your business goals is to get organized and increase your business productivity.  Well, there are many tools available to help your business. I have dropped a few of my favorites below.  Share some of the tools you use for your day to day business.  If you need help deciding the best tools for your business, make an appointment for a FREE Technology Consultation and we can chat!

Website Hosting

  • Bluehost: I have used various hosting providers (I will not name them all), but thus far, I have had the best service with BlueHost.  I will not say they are perfect (who is), but when I do have a problem, they are quick to resolve the issue. I use them as my host server for my site and many of my clients. 

Business Phone Line

  • Google Voice: Need a business phone line? Google Voice is a FREE way to set-up a local business phone number that reroutes to your landline or cell phone. It also allows you to have a personalized business voicemail.
  • Grasshopper

Email Marketing

  • Mailchimp: is used for collecting lists and distributing newsletters. Mailchimp is great for email marketing campaigns. It’s a good way to get started collecting emails on a budget because its FREE until you reach 2,000 subscribers. They offer responsive templates that make getting started easy.
  • Constant Contact
  • ConvertKit

 Online Scheduling Appointments

eCommerce and Online Payment Gateway

  • Square
  • Gumroad

Virtual Storage

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox

Legal Documentation on-the-Go

  • Hellosign
  • Docusign

Online Virtual Conference Calls

  • Free Conference Call
  • Zoom
  • Google Hangouts

Project Management

  • JIRA
  • Trello

CRM

Password Management

  • LastPass:  This cool application is a LIFE SAVER! Don’t lose an entire day of productivity trying to remember a password! Setup LastPass and allow it to do the remembering for you.

Business Coach VS Technology Strategist

Let’s just get this out the way … I am not a business coach, I am a strategist.  A Technology Strategist to be exact.  What is the difference, I’m glad you asked my friend.

Business Coach

A business coach is someone who focuses on the professional development and soft skills of an individual. They assist you by asking questions to help you figure out your own solutions and acts more as a sounding board, someone to hold you accountable for the goals you set out for yourself and pointing you to the right resources to help you achieve your goals.

Though it’s a thin line between a business coach and a strategist, it’s a big difference.

What is a Strategist?

A strategist is someone who analyzes the end goal then formulates and implement the best solutions to achieving the goals in an effective manner using research, variables, and intuition.  They generally inspire businesses to think outside the box, find various ways to expand their business and then implement the plan to achieve it. They are normally good at getting an entire team to jump on board the moving ship by providing a solid reason that makes sense to everyone.

A strategist can simplify your business life.

How does a Technology Strategist help your business growth?

As a Technology Strategist, I help business owners and entrepreneurs by identifying and providing technical advice regarding an effective technology platform to increase your business productivity to help you work SMARTER.  I help you get from under your tech woes as we work together to create solutions for a more productive mindset. I research the best technology investments and strategies and develop a road map to help increase your exposure. That means we create various avenues to increase your profits … think of that as MONETIZING your business using technology.

Do you think you need a coach or a technology strategist?