Now everyone likes to save as much time as possible. Business owners like to save time even more because their day can be unbelievably busy 16 hour workdays at times. So, we made a list to really help people with managing their business. We use many of these applications ourselves and recommend them. Try not to thank us too much: 🙂
- Microsoft Office 365
Micrsoft Office is a default go to for most businesses. Outlook is incredibly important and relatively hard to replace mostly due to its ease of use and wide range of features. Although other programs are encroaching on Microsoft Office, there is no current total package replacement for it.
Small to medium sized businesses can expect to pay anywhere from $5.00 per user per month to $15.00 per user per month.
- Google Drive
Google Drive is a rebranding of Google Docs with improvements. While not a complete replacement for Microsoft Office, Google Drive is heavy on the feature side. It allows you to store a large number of files within 15 GB of cloud storage. It can open an unbelievable number of files within the browser without requiring the associated viewer be installed. All in all it is a powerful tool that is getting better everyday. Many Schedulehead users used Google spreadsheets to do their employee scheduling before switching.
OpenOffice is one of those awesome tools from back in the day that is a great replacement for most of the features that Microsoft Office provided. It does not have an e-mail client included, which is its main drawback. If you are looking for MS Office package replacement, then this plus thunderbird with a google account is a great alternative.
Thunderbird is well known as a feature powerful and free email client replacement for Outlook. If you do not want to pay for a MS Office, give this a look. It has many of the same features that makes Outlook great with a couple of features of its own.
WordPress allows you to get up and running with a website quickly and effectively. There are an unbelievable number of plugins that allow for a great deal of customization and improvement in both design and capability. The plugins themselves install quickly while keeping track of the most up-to-date version. We use this for our website and love it.
Basecamp is an absolutely amazing collaboration tool especially for businesses that are spread out at times. It allows you to have discussions, create documents, create lists, and add any other files that you need. The entire site is laid out in a very open manner that allows people to see multiple categories at once on one page. It is more costly than google drive, but has a nice flow to it. In my opinion, the to-do lists are absolutely fantastic.
It runs anywhere between $20 to $150 per month. Even the smallest package is enough for most small businesses.
Managing your social media campaigns can often be very difficult. HootSuite allows all of your media platforms to be managed in a central location. Of course, the free version is very basic, but pro version has some great tools included to track effectiveness across all sites.
Free option with enough options for a small business or startup, but for any good sized company the pro option might be needed. It allows 2 people with a variety of options for $8.99 per month.
MailChimp allows you to set up subscriber lists and send out mass e-mails with an intuitive, powerful interface. If you don’t know much about html, the supplied editor will fill all of your needs, while the statistics tools will allow you to see how effective your emails are being. If you have any need to send mass emails, I would highly recommend giving this a look.
Free option with 2,000 subscribers and less with 12,000 emails a month or less. This is more than enough for most small-businesses. There are a variety of premium packages if you need more.
- Quickbooks Online
Quickbooks is another one of those de facto programs for many small businesses to use. The features range from custom invoices to managing finances to tracking inventory. There are not a lot of amazing replacements for this, as it is both well featured and has great support. It is an awesome tool when combined with an employee scheduling app like Schedulehead.
The price ranges from $12.95 to $39.95 a month for online version depending on feature sets you require.
Schedulehead is an employee scheduling app that automates employee scheduling as much as possible, so that business owners do not have to waste time on it. It features a number of features such as email reminders to make sure that your workers are reminded about their upcoming shifts. Schedulehead’s Autotext feature will allow you to do workforce scheduling for a last minute job. The best part about Schedulehead is that it thinks like a person would. If someone bails out last minute, it will punish their star ranking for it. If workers does a good job overall, Schedulehead will present more shift opportunities to them. Not only does it have basic judgement that way, it will also balance your workforce between multiple events on the same day, so that you do not have all of your good employees scheduled to only one event. That situation is great for one event, but horrible for the rest of the events that day.
Schedulehead Free for free or Schedulehead Premium for $15 per month.