Do you have an avalanche of paperwork? Missing contacts? Misplaced files? Missed appointments? If these observations are part of your normal work week, it may be time to take the organizing bull by the horns and get a handle on your chaos. Being unorganized can not only cost business professionals countless dollars, but can also result in a loss of clients.
Fortunately, there is a whole new bevy of apps, programs and tools to help get your business back in action and humming along smoothly. If you are still using a dime-store address book or 1970’s Rolodex to organize your contact information, schedule projects and keep track of leads, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. Here are 4 of them to get you started.
Amazon S3: Amazon Simple Storage Solutions (S3) offers virtually unlimited cloud & internet storage that allows users to store & retrieve vast amounts of data from anywhere on the web. This tool provides business owners and online marketers peace of mind that, not only is their information safe, it is easily retrievable in the event of a disaster. Amazon S3’s pricing is based on a “usage tier” which means you are charged based on how much data you are storing.
DaPulse: This app shows your team the big picture by getting them working together in sync. DaPulse allows users see every related task, client or project (progress, people, updates, etc.) all in one handy snapshot. Similar to other project management tools like Basecamp or Trello, DaPulse gives clarity to projects by revealing (at a glance) what the most important tasks are, how things are progressing, alerting team leaders when things are stuck, and reveals who’s in charge. DaPulse has a free 30-day trial, and rates run anywhere from $16 per month (for up to 5 users) to $1640 for 1,000 users.
Grid: An app that helps busy entrepreneurs organize their ideas and projects quickly and in an eye-pleasing way. Grid stores projects and plans to help users keep and organize notes, people/contacts, pictures, people, and brainstorming ideas in a way that appeals to their organizing style. Grid is free and is created for iOS 6.1.
Business Card Reader: Sick of all those business cards cluttering up your desk or slipping and sliding around in your purse? If you’re prone to stashing business cards, only to lose them, the Business Card Reader app will help you organize these cards by scanning, uploading and delivering the new info to your address book. Users can also import contact information from a business card directly to their iOS Contacts. As an added bonus, Business Card Reader boasts integration with LinkedIn, Salesforce and Evernote as well. $6.99 in the iTunes app store.