What is the one service or piece of software you find most valuable to running your business?
When starting a business, what are the services, software or technology that entrepreneurs should be investing in?
Having an internet connection is the best way to run a business online.
1. Microsoft Office -
Excel for your finances and you can practically build a whole database on it AND Outlook for emails. You can get the newest version for about $15 on eBay (original license keys).
2. Dropbox -
Very important! It's not a good idea to keep your files on your computer - so save it on Cloud. You get 2GB of free storage, worth every penny :)
3. Trello -
Trello for project management - the best thing that happened to me by far. Price is free.
Learn how to use all 3 of them on Lynda.com, which cost you about $25 a month.
That's it - you're good to go.
Unless you have a company of more than 5-10 people, there's no reason to spend thousands of dollars on good looking software, nowadays everything is on the Cloud anyway. Basically, you can run a whole business for less than $60 - Good luck!
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This really depends on what sort of business you are or intend to operate.
- If it's a service such as consulting, programming, development etc you'd want a good project management tool to avoid long email thread communication.
- If you're selling hard goods you will want a good CMS (content management system) to ensure efficiency of your sales.
- If working in marketing, you'll want sufficient tracking tools and applications that ease the burden of having to publish the same content on multiple platforms.
This really is a loaded question, but for me personally, toggl.com has been a lifesaver for tracking time, asana.com has been a great project management tool and quickbooks has always been a tool essential for my business.