As an entrepreneur, you’re always looking for tools that will make you more efficient, and more effective. You know, the saying, “work smarter, not harder.” Whether it be a digital tool, or a non-digital tool, entrepreneurs seem to be the early adopters for many of the tools that become essential to our daily toolbox.
Here is a breakdown of some the best tools for entrepreneurs, compiled by entrepreneurs.
1. Evernote. Where would entrepreneurs store all their crazy ideas, notes, and thoughts if they didn’t have Evernote? Evernote is the 21st century digital brain. Evernote allows you to create notes for whatever pops into your mind. You can use their digital products, or their non-digital products. My personal favorite is pairing both their digital product line, with their traditional Moleskine notebook. It’s the best way to keep all my thoughts in one place.
2. IdeaPaint. If you love whiteboards, then you will love IdeaPaint. IdeaPaint allows you to transform a wall, a table top, a window into your own personal brainstorming space. IdeaPaint can be easily painted onto most walls, and will allow you to sketch out your thoughts, ideas, diagrams, or graphs.
3. Expensify. Expensify is the best way to keep all your receipts together, and boy is it simple. You can use Expensify for business, or for personal use. It’s a free tool, which can be used on your mobile device, your tablet, or your laptop computer.
4. Posted notes. You can never go wrong with the use of posted notes to compile your thoughts, your to-do list, or anything else that needs to be written down for your day. Posted notes are still a favorite amongst entrepreneurs.
5. Buffer app. Entrepreneurs are busy people, and social media is now more important than ever. But to find time to establish a strong tribe of loyal followers on many different social networks takes time, energy, and great content. Let Buffer help you out. Buffer app allows you to schedule and post specific updates, at specific times. Need to post something to Facebook at 12:00am, but you are already sleeping, no problem. Buffer app allows you to schedule updates, tweets, posts, pictures, articles, whenever you would like. It’s a free software, but they do offer a paid version as well.
6. Wunderlist. If you want a great task management application. This is the one. Wunderlist is simple, easy to use, and packs a lot of great features into a free platform. I use Wunderlist to track my to-do list, reminders, and anything else I need to get done each day.
7. Basecamp. If you work with a team, and need to be in the know with everything that’s going on, basecamp is the best collaborative tool on the internet. Basecamp helps you manage specific projects and breaks down each task, or to-do in a very simple, easy to understand way. Pricing starts at $20.00 a month, but you can receive a free 60-day trial.
8. Headphones. Chances are that you spend a few hours each week working in a coffee shop, a library, or in a co-working space, all of which are somewhat nosey. One of the best investments you can make as an entrepreneur is to get a pair of noise-canceling headphones. I recommend Bose, but there are many other great headphones that cancel out the noise of the world.
9. Chair. Most working professionals spend 5-6 hours a day with their butt’s in a chair. Many of which are uncomfortable, don’t fit to their body, and are plain bad for their health. Do yourself a favor, and spend a little money investing in a comfortable chair. I recently switched chairs from a cheap IKEA chair (nothing against IKEA), to a very comfortable executive leather chair.
10. Rescue Time. Do you know where you’re spending your time on your computer? Rescue Time is an app that helps display where your time is going, whether it be productive, or non-productive, Rescue Time tracks it all and sends you a weekly report, detailing where you spent your time, as well as your productivity percentage for the week. It’s a great way to track how you’re spending your time, what you’re doing online, and ways to get more productive.
I hope you enjoyed this list of tools that can help you become more efficient, and effective. If you have a tool that you love, but didn’t see it on this list, please