Hi everybody! Welcome to podcast #88, where we are talking tools to get a business not a job. Have you ever had that feeling in your business? That really you are working another job? We’ve put together some tools to help get you out of that cycle!
What did Andrew McCauley and Heather Porter learn this week?
Heather has been working on the new “Real Women of Business” show on Eagle Waves Radio. They have a voice studio right in the middle of a busy Sydney cafe which is an interesting setting! What she found during the week was that one very successful businesswoman who had been booked for an interview didn’t know why she was there or what she was meant to talk about – she was very nervous! Her PR Agent from a professional agency hadn’t even told her what the booking was for. This highlights how important communication is, no matter what position you are in!
Heather also learnt about a new service at Word Camp – WP Curve. As a user you can get a relatively inexpensive account for 24/7 WordPress service.
Andrew noticed that Facebook launched “local awareness ads” a couple of days ago. These are aimed at local businesses so that you can include your address in your ad set-up, and tell your ad to target the radius around that address. You can also target anyone who has been in your target area within a certain period of time.
Get a business not a job!
We have come up with a list of tools and apps which we have been using to help make life easier in business. We’ve chosen 3 areas where we often get caught up as business owners…
- Zendesk – a help ticket system that is hooked up to your website where you can also build a knowledge base for your clients.
- Helpscout – like Zendesk this is a help system with a lot of different integration functions.
- Rhino Support – also provides help desk software
- Zopim – live chat software
- Basecamp – A project management system where you can manage individual clients, time sheets, milestones and to-dos. There is also messaging and there are templates so you can automate.
- Podio – project management software that many people have been recommending to us!
- Trello – also project management system
- Slack – puts all communication in one place for your team.
- Xero – accounting system which connects to your bank accounts and communicates fees and invoices.
- Quote Roller – quote/proposal software that integrates with Xero.
- Shoeboxed – site to store your receipts where they digitize all of them and allow you to send to your accountant.
- Zapier – connect different apps together
- IFTTT – create rules, e.g. if someone sends me this put it here…