Want to be a solopreneur superstar? Want to run your micro business more efficiently? Learn to work smarter, not harder.
Here are a few of the top free tools that will save you time, money and make you look more professional.
Get Paid. Anywhere.
I recently tried to pay for some copies with my debit card. The owner of the business informed me that she doesn't accept credit cards but prefers to do business “the old fashioned way” with cash.
Are you kidding me?
If you want to get paid, make it easy for your clients. Square allows you to accept credit cards through an app on your smart phone. It's free to sign up and has a reasonable transaction fee.
Never Make Grammar Mistakes Again
Recently, I had an email conversation with a potential client where her grammar skills degraded into middle school texting territory. I was embarrassed for her, and I knew that she would never get the kind of respect needed to land big clients. She could not write simple business communications without making glaring grammatical errors.
Who wants to work with someone who can’t communicate on a professional level? That’s where Ginger comes into play. It’s a free software system that you can download onto your computer and it will check both your grammar and spelling. With Ginger, you can avoid embarrassing mistakes and look like an educated professional.
Get Organized Already
In a world where the average person looks at their phone 150 times a day, it's time to embrace organizational technology. And while there are hundreds available, here are a few of the best.
My new favorite organizational tool is WorkFlowy. You can take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm, and plan.
Sunrise is a newer calendar app that integrates Facebook events, Linked In and Google Calender info.
Cozi is a great calendar if you also have to manage your entire family.
Evernote has so many features I can't possibly list them all.
Shoeboxed helps you organize receipts, expense reporting, accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation.
Remember Time is Money
When you're a bootstrapping micro business owner, you can't forget that time is money. If your productivity is suffering because you get sucked into the social media vortex, try one of these tools
Spending too much time on Facebook? Try StayFocusd, a Google Chrome extension that will limit the time you spend surfing websites that don't help you get the job done. It's a bit extreme, but so are the number of hours we use social media.
And remember, taking breaks helps our mind stay sharp and allows us to stretch and reduce eye strain. And you can't work well when you're sick.
Got a Great Free Tool to Share?
Is there a free app that really helps you run your business better? Feel free to share it in the comments section.