Have you ever wanted to ask an expert what tools and tricks they use to make their business successful? We got the chance to ask a few of them what they would suggest! Here are the technological tools these work-at-home experts can’t live without.
Ben Walker the CEO for Transcription Outsourcing, LLC uses a few webbased apps to keep his work organized.
“We use a few really good apps for our everyday work. Hubstaff.com is hugely important for us as we use it every day to keep our timesheets and progress of different projects. We also use Box.com everyday because we share files with people all over the country every day of the week and on weekends. Our clientele work 24/7 so we do to, and we have to have apps like these in order to accomplish this efficiently and productively.”
AJ Saleem, Academic Director at Suprex Tutors Houston suggests something a little different for small business owners.
“I am the owner of the start-up tutoring company, Suprex Tutors Houston, and my business started as a work-at-home business.
In my opinion, the best technology for a work-at-home business would be a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are outsourcing companies that allow you to outsource your customer service which is important in an one person operation. In addition, these virtual assistants only charge you for the minutes used, so you can pay for only 30 minutes of calls for a whole week!”
Mindi Rosser who owns, Mindi Rosser Marketing has a practical suggestion for you.
“Every WAH business owner must have a set of over-the-ear, noise cancelling headphones to block out distractions when it’s time to get work done, and they double as a microphone/headset for client calls. The Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are my personal favorite. ”
David Mercer, Founder of SME Pals (Smart Modern Entrepreneurs) has a favorite website he uses to keep his business on track.
“We monitor the sales and price performance of competing products, receive alerts when those products experience changes in pricing and sales (using RankTracer). This allows us to discover the marketing and promotions that other people are using to drive their sales. In this way we identify and focus on marketing strategies that are proven to work.
Because the sales data is shareable there are a number of ways to use it for promotions and marketing. For example, I used to write books and can send out a tweet as and when my book makes some sales (which is a great way to show off proof that your book is great and convince others to buy it).
Other people can use it to market in different ways. For example, a marketing agency might want to show how their efforts lead to a 20% increase in sales (data driven proof of success) in order to attract new clients. A blogger might want to share how their review lead to a surge in sales.”
Tips from Leslie
All these experts have great ideas for technology. I use a lot of tech tools to help me get work done. They include WordPress to build my websites (plus a bunch of awesome plugins), CoSchedule to schedule my social media, Hootsuite to manage social media, Aweber to run my lists, a really old version of Photoshop to create my graphics, my smartphone to manage business when I’m away from my home office, and Dropbox to access files when I’m away from my office.
What tools can’t you live without?