5 Essential Online Tools You Need To Run Your Business

Being a business owner requires a lot of juggling – keeping all the essential functions of the business running smoothly, all the balls in the air so to speak. From accounting to document management, social media to meeting organisation, there are some brilliant tools you can make use of to ensure you run your business successfully from the get-go.

5 Essential Online Tools You Need To Run Your Business

1. Google Drive

I use Google Drive every day for document storage and file sharing. Everything is in the cloud on Google Drive, so it’s accessible wherever you are, and you can choose who you share your files with. Files you create on Google Drive are also automatically saved, so you never have to remember to click ‘Save’ (lifesaver).

2. Zoom

Zoom is the best platform I’ve found to host and attend online meetings. The connection is better for me than using Skype, and you can choose to activate the video function or not. If you can’t physically get to a meeting then Zoom is a brilliant communication tool.

3. CamScanner

CamScanner is one of the most useful apps I have. You download it to your phone or tablet and use it as a portable scanner. When you have to sign documents or confidentiality agreements, one of the most annoying things is using a scanner and then emailing the document to yourself and then forwarding on to the client. With CamScanner, I do all of those steps from my phone in minutes. Such a timesaver!

4. Hootsuite

Hootsuite is┬ámy preferred social media management tool. I’ve tried others including Buffer, but I find Hootsuite much easier to use. Scheduling social media posts in advance with Hootsuite means you can connect to your market at the right time, and also allows you to manage your own workflow and concentrate on using a chunk of time to lock away social media posts, rather than trying to remember to post once or twice a day, every day.

5. Canva

Canva is the best tool I’ve found for creating social media graphics – and the best part is it’s free! You can use their database of free images or import your own, and they have loads of fonts and illustrations you can use also. I couldn’t do my job the way I do it without Canva that’s for sure.

I’d love to hear about your favourite online tools – hit me up with any suggestions.

Yours in digital,
Lisa