Running a successful business is not an easy task. Whatever you thought you would need, you actually needed more. Whatever you thought you would make, you actually made less. Over time, all businesses that success know how to do three things extremely well.
Innovation and marketing are very important in their own rights but for the sake of saving time and just a little suspense, I’m only going to talk extensively about operational efficiency. Time is money and money is time, so if you’re not properly conducting your internal and external operational affairs with efficiency, not only does it affect your bottom line, it affects your employee morale and customer confidence.
Consumers love Apple and pay premium prices for a product with less functionality than competitors because they love the product and the brand. Both of those things were established through marketing (selling) and user-interface simplicity (product & service innovation). What makes Apple even more profitable is its business efficiency.
As a technology company with billions of dollars, it obviously has an advantage over small businesses barely getting by every month, but there are a few tools that are available to every business.
Below are some of the top online resources for businesses of all sizes to use for business efficiency improvement. Proven fact – when your business efficiency is high, your marketing and development increase, creating company growth, lowering waste, and increasing profits. You’ll be running a company like Steve Jobs in no time.
Top Online Resources
Scoro.com – I got to put this one first because it provides the best resources for small businesses and solves the quintessential problem in most companies – time management. From billing and finance to time management and project management, scoro.com is an amazing resource for running a business based on projects. And what business is not based on projects – every day is a new project. In addition, scoro.com helps organization within the company with sales and CRM assistance. More importantly, and probably the best feature of the online application is the integration ability. Scoro.com can connect to your favorite business tools including Microsoft Dynamics, Dropbox, Outlook, and MailChimp, among many others. If you’re interested in more information, visit www.scoro.com for product details and feature list.
Evernote.com – Many individual users don’t use Evernote properly, and many businesses think that Evernote is an application for personal use only. Well, Evernote is probably one of the most powerful organizational tools on the planet and is designed for any size business or department. With security controls, internal communication ability, video, picture, PDF, and online article attachment capabilities, Evernote is a huge asset for the researcher and innovator. It’s important to use the software correctly otherwise it can become more cumbersome as the complexity of information grows – I would recommend using fewer notebooks and more notes with simple tags for efficient searching.
Grovo.com – You want business efficiency? Grovo.com is one of the best online resources for employees learning technology in an ever-changing world. What is the use of adding a process, application, or software to your business if no one knows how to operate the platform correctly (or efficiently for that matter). Well, Grovo.com is the new video teacher for all of the most used business software, as well as personal applications used daily. Users watch feature videos of different important basic functions needed for efficient daily application use for the software they use. It’s truly amazing and a must-have for new software integrations.
Slack.com – This is an amazing resource for communication, particularly with remote-based companies that work on projects in different regions. The resource is a communications platform that allows users different access to different communication channels with video, picture, and audio upload capabilities. Whether you’re interested in speaking with a group of people or just want to chat with your boss one-on-one, you’ll always have options with slack.com.
Matthew Hall is a freelance writer and professional student who offers articles and insights on a variety of topics of interest to the business community and small business owner.