Alongside the shortage of disposable money, a lack of time is a challenge common to all startups in the early months. Between setting up and running an online presence and contacting investors; creating a business from nothing and sustaining it through the first turbulent months means there is little else to occupy the waking hours of a young entrepreneur than simply keeping the thing running. As startups begin to hire more employees, the pace is unlikely to let up as the company’s activity will be growing at the same rate, if not faster. There is no bank you can apply to for more time but there is a plethora of programs and apps out there that can help you ensure that you use the time you have productively. As there is a shortage of days in the week for any business, these programs below are equally useful for offices of established companies.
- RoboForum is a handy program that remembers your passwords so you don’t have to. At any one time, we have a vast amount of passwords, user names and codes stored in our head to use throughout our personal life. The quantity is likely to grow threefold when running a business. Much time can be wasted wracking your brain for a password or resetting a forgotten one. Storing usernames and password combinations on your laptop or in a material file can place you entire digital identity at risk. RoboForum is a simple and secure program that allows you to log in to all your accounts and tools in a couple of clicks, so long as you have your Master Password. RoboForum can be used with your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet or USB drive, and is compatible with a variety of different systems.
- datapine allows you to analyze and share your company’s data. By connecting the software with your database you will be able to generate sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing graphs and diagrams. The program’s simple drag-and-drop interface means that you do not have to be highly proficient with computers or technology to be able to use the functions. In a few simple steps you can clearly visualize your data and share it with team members and/or external business contacts through the marketing dashboard here. With datapine you also have the ability to program automated graphs to be generated as your data is updated.
- NextGenCatalogues is a smart and useful piece of kit for manufacturers and e-commerce sites. The program has already been featured on this site but it is worth looking at again and including in this list. NextGenCatalogs integrates your online catalogue of products with an app on your customers’ phones. Whenever the catalogue is updated, rather than having to manually send out newsletters or reprint anything, your customers will be notified via the app. Additionally, you can link the app to your social media channels and engage with your customers through the chat function.