There are many tools that business owners and CEO’s can use and come to rely on from day to day basis to keep themselves productive. Admittedly, there are some tools on this list that you may be using already, and you may even know of and use several others that are not on this list. You may also believe that some of the missing ones you know or should have made it to this list, and you may be correct. Overall, we’ve taken a sampling across multiple sources, from online social groups, and social polls to in-house surveys and experience over the last year or so.
Here is our list of Top 7 Tools for Business Owners and CEOs.
Note: For transparency, our organization is not associated with any particular tool or product mention within this article. We are only honest about the tools we’ve reviewed, surveyed and come to use daily.
1.Visual List Building Tool: Trello.
Trello is an excellent tool for you to visualize your project and or planning process. It allows you to get an overall birds-eye-view of a project but also drill down even further. For people who are more visually oriented, this list building and semi-project planning tool includes many cool features from color-coded tags to background images in boards and draggable cards. It’s easy for any visual type to get a quick grasp, provide updates and details and get back to their day.
2.A Project Management tool with collaborative features: Asana.
If you have a team and need to get done a project, we highly suggest taking a look at Asana. We use it internally to track all of our projects and rely on it heavily as part of our project planning and task, milestone execution tracking process. This tool will let you collaborate as a team, notify each other of actions and activities and or sub-tasks and dependencies. The team behind this product thought profoundly about project execution and worked on delivering this tool to groups. It’s clear to us that our projects keep rolling along on track, on-time and generally under budget as a result of its depth and capabilities as well as how we use the tool in our workflow and process as an organization.
3.Highly Efficient Note Taking: Evernote.
You have many ways to take notes. Of course there is paper, there are pictures with mobile phones, there’s typing on a laptop or keyboard, there are also other competitive tools, and then there’s the “super” note taking, cloud-based solution, Evernote. If you want a sure-fire way to capture the ideas in your head and never lose them again but also make them searchable, this is it right here. This article was written as a draft on Evernote as a series of little clips and notes about different tools and put together into a writing team’s hands before it finally made its way to your lovely eyes.
If it just so happened that the laptop we were writing the article with, just happened to freeze, or worse, die right in our very hands, we would be in good hands (no pun, promise!). We know that we can safely bring up Evernote on a mobile phone, or even on a replacement device to continue as if nothing ever happened. Now, of course, the app needs an internet connection always to sync and stay “in the cloud.” Once you have it up and running, you won’t regret it.
4.Social Media Scheduling: Hootsuite.
If there is one complaint about social media for businesses, its likely time and not having enough of it to find, post and deliver their content. Having a scheduling tool is second to none when it comes to social media. If time is your enemy and you need to “automate” some of the processes, schedule your posts with Hootsuite. There’s also a ton of features and platforms it supports from Facebook and Instagram to Twitter and even LinkedIn! If you are looking for a better way to manage your social, and you are a business owner or CEO, be sure to check out Hootsuite if you haven’t already.
5.Royalty-Free Stock Photos: Pixabay.
Posting and curating content is one thing, but where do you get inspiration and ideas? Well, Pixabay, of course! Be sure to check out this online gem. It has a ton of searchable images that you can use for posts, advertising, and yes, even on your website and blog articles. Be careful though with where you use these images because social media platforms tend to frown on the overuse of stock imagery. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it for inspiration, and of course, there are always editing tools out there to take the “stock” out of images if you are the creative DIY type.
6.Graphic Design, Flyers, Logos, Printouts: Canva.
Canva is popular for Social Media marketers and anyone in the online digital marketing space. It lets you set up a suitable template based image creative for varying types of posts, and print-outs based on their default and best resolutions. From PDF flyers and posters to Facebook ads and YouTube cover-art, Canva has it covered. We use Canva all the time for our content marketing. It allows us the ability to follow guidelines in image sizing while ensuring high-quality.
7.Website Analytics and Tracking: Google Analytics.
If you own a website, and you are not using Google Analytics already, you need to stop what you are doing and go turn this on right away. If you do not know how to do this yourself, make sure you get an expert and have this set up for you. It is free and offers a ton of rich information about users and visitors who come to your website. It gives you detailed information about visitor’s interests, what they click on, how long they spend on each page and where they exit out. This resource is a treasure trove of information for anyone looking to learn about their audience so that they can take the proper measures to reach them better and optimize their website over time. Even if you do not know what the information means, you can easily outsource the task of doing something with the knowledge that Google Analytics provides.
Of course, the are many tools you can use as a business owner and CEO. In fact, our team put together an entire list the Top 21 tools for CEOs and marketers. For those who are interested, please click here to be redirected to a page to request your own free copy!