Online business management is a challenging task. Especially, if you’re not only running a business but also trying to be your own boss or, even more, managing a team. Here are 10 useful online business management tools for working online that will help you to boost your productivity and improve the way you run your online business!
Although I consider myself a rather productive and well-organized person, staying on top of things when running an online business have always been quite a challenge. Through years of working as a freelance designer and cooperating with remote teams, as well as growing my own blog and creating digital products, I’ve had a chance to explore a variety of different apps and tools that have helped me along the way.
The following 10 online business management tools have been my so far favorites and most have become an important part of keeping up with my business.
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Online business management tools
TOOL #1: Evernote
Evernote is like an online notebook.
It might feel confusing for those who have no clear note management system. But, as soon as you get used to the platform, you can learn how to manage your notes the best way possible!
On Evernote, you can include to-do lists, links, photos, even Google Docs etc. It’s a pretty packed offer!
Besides that, it’s possible to share your Notes or Notepads with other people which make note sharing very fast and easy.
I’ve found Evernote to be one of the most useful online business management tools for working online and keeping up with your own notes.
TOOL #2: Pocket
Pocket is a tool that lets you save articles and websites for later.
It’s perfect if you want to avoid distractions in your day to day life. With Pocket, instead of wandering into each interesting or must-read article, you can save them for later instead and find some dedicated time on your calendar to check what you’ve saved.
Besides that, it archives everything you have read and it’s also possible to favorite the articles and save the best ones. This can be extremely helpful if you’re reading articles for research purpose and might want to refer back to them later on.
Buffer and Hootsuite are apps for post scheduling. They give you the option to schedule and share on your social media in your preferred schedule and as much as necessary.
These apps can be used to manage more than one social media at once. Which is great for social media managers!
TOOL #4: Rescuetime
You’re all about productivity, right? So be friends with Rescuetime! Trust me on this one. It drives your willingness to do better and does it all the time.
Rescuetime is an app that you can install on your computer and it will follow all your actions. Later on, you can get the overview – about all the hours you’ve spent on very distracting things (as Facebook, Twitter…) or very productive ones – Adobe Suite, Word, etc.
Good thing – you can manage yourself – which ones you call distracting ones and which ones are on the good side of things. Be honest!
This app gives you a percentage of all the time you’ve spent on the computer – how it has flown away. My average productivity score was around 70% until I forgot I was using this app and started to do much more useless stuff… Which, then again, was a great reminder to get myself back on track.
When it comes to productivity, this definitely is one of the best online business management tools.
TOOL #5: Toggle
Toggle is a great way to keep track of how much time you spend on each task.
You can insert your time manually or use the timer to see how long time each task takes. This can be used to either give price estimates to your freelance clients, track your own time or just schedule your days better.
I’m using it for all of my freelancing projects so, later on, I can check – which project was the longest one, what is my average time for some tasks, also it’s super easy to see statistics and follow up – how long time overall you’re spending for actual work!
TOOL #6: Slack
Slack is a communication tool for teams, but it’s possible to use it for client work as well. You can create your Slack, ask for others to join and let them see only those channels that are relevant to their project.
You can create as many channels as you like. It’s for free up till a stated number of people. It’s the perfect tool for small teams! I’m using it for 2 of my long term projects & it’s working like a charm.
You can also send over files, send private messages and archive channels when they’re no longer necessary.
TOOL #7: Asana
Yet another absolutely amazing project management app.
Create separate projects and manage tasks by stating the deadline, who’s in charge of it and who should follow the process.
I’ve been using Asana for the longest time if we compare with any other online business management tools. It’s easy to use and perfect for any kind of cooperation.
TOOL #8: Grammarly
For me as a non-native English speaker, Grammarly has been a lifesaver!
It’s an app that can be installed in your browser or can be used online while completing some writing gigs. It’ll show your mistakes and additional suggestions for no cost at all unless you’re up for getting the upgraded version.
It integrates with all of the writing platforms online, therefore, your grammar will be corrected for your e-mails, blog posts and even social media posts. Worth a try, right?
Read more about my experience with Grammarly.
TOOL #9: Tailwind
TailwindApp is the easiest & overall the best way to schedule your Pinterest pins.
It has many amazing features: you can choose as many times per day as you want, you can easily pick boards you want to schedule for, you can check out all the statistics and enjoy other features the app offers. It definitely saves tons of time!
Here are some more reasons why I think Tailwind is absolutely worth your money & time!
TOOL #10: Google Keep
This is my newest discovery and I’m not sure where it has been so far?!
It’s very similar to many other note-keeping tools but it’s better. The system is simple: you can create a simple note or a bullet-point note, synchronize it with your phone, make it in different colors (for different projects, for example), easily move, delete or update at all times. I love it!
Although the system is not anything unique, it’s really helpful when I have to make some quick notes and, for example, Evernote is too much for it. Great alternative!