As a young entrepreneur, you still do many things yourself. Sales, marketing, HR, project management, networking… you have to be a jack of all trades. This takes a lot of time and it is not obvious that you have already mastered everything. That’s why we’re giving you 10 tips on tools that will make your entrepreneurial life a lot easier.
1. Udemy: because you have to keep learning
Learning is essential for the young entrepreneur. You can follow training and courses for this, but because of your busy life you don’t always have the time for it. The solution? Take your courses online, for example with Udemy. Here you can follow courses 24/7, for example around Photoshop, Neuro-linguistic programming or web development. Other platforms that offer good courses are Udacity, SkillShare and Treehouse.
2. Startup Pitch: because your pitch has to be perfect
Preparing a good pitch is a challenge for every entrepreneur. What are you going to say? How long? And how do you get your message across as convincingly as possible?
Our pitch deck template
helps you prepare the perfect pitch. And we share our tips and important hacks. Good luck!
3. Sumo and Hotjar: because your website has to convert
Sumo offers simple yet powerful apps that help you convert your website visitors. For example, you can add pop-ups, share buttons and smart bars to your page that allow visitors to sign up for your newsletters. In addition, you can analyze and optimize the behavior of your visitors with the heat map app.
Hotjar offers similar capabilities, but within an all-in-one analytics tool. This allows you to view screen shots and analyze how your visitors navigate. In addition, Hotjar, like Sumo, offers the ability to generate heat maps for further analysis. The tool is very reasonably priced and bases your subscription price on the number of page views you have per day. For start-ups, the tool is therefore extra advantageous.
4. Franz: because all those different messengers give you a headache
Are you often overloaded with messages through all kinds of different channels? Meet Franz! This tool allows you to bundle all your messages from Gmail, Slack, Facebook, Messenger, Skype, Whatsapp and Outlook into different tabs. That makes switching faster and makes it a lot clearer!
5. Unsplash: because you need pretty stock photos
Looking for a good stock photo that isn’t cliché or overpriced? We wish you luck. You often spend hours scrolling through the image banks, where you had actually hoped to be done in 15 minutes. While cliché images are almost unavoidable, Unsplash is a great alternative to the big image banks. And it’s free! Other useful websites include TheStocks.im, Stocksnap.io and Burst.Shopify.com.
6. Viral Loops: to make your content go viral
Unfortunately, there is no magic recipe to make your content go viral. But with a few tips & tricks, you can still increase the chances of virality. Viral Loops offers a number of useful tools that encourage your website visitors to share your content with their network. For example, you can offer certain discounts and privileges.
7. Airtable: to make your projects a lot more manageable
When Trello gets too basic and Excel too complex, Airtable is the perfect middle ground. You have about the same functions as with Excel, only the interface is a lot simpler and more convenient. You can distribute tasks, update project status and add tags and attachments. And that in different tabs that are automatically synchronized. This way you only see the data you want to see.
8. Streak and Polymail: because your inbox needs to be in order
An overflowing, cluttered inbox can cause a lot of stress. Streak is a handy tool that allows you to organize your mails by status. It also tracks your progress, so you can see how productive you are. Useful for your sales process, for example: which emails do you still need to answer, which are being processed and which deals have been completed? Visually clear and easy to use!
Polymail offers similar features to Streak, but takes it one step further. There is the option to track your sent mails. You can see exactly if these are opened and read. You can also easily cancel the sending of an email and there is the possibility to schedule meetings.
9. Typeform: to collect insights easily
In the early days of your business, it is essential that you do market research. You need to know what is going on with your (potential) customers so you can respond to this with your service or product. Gathering insights is very easy with online forms. For example, Typeform is a very practical tool for taking surveys. Good alternatives are Surveypal and ProntoForms. And if you like to support your fellow Belgian entrepreneurs, be sure to check out the Belgian start-up SurveyAnyplace!
10. Asana: To maintain proper focus
Is your team growing? Then it’s important to keep a good overview of all your scheduled work and projects. Asana is a perfect tool to coordinate this. You get a handy overview of who is doing what, what the status of a particular task is and where you stand in your planning. Uber is also using the tool successfully!
11. 99designs: because sometimes you need a beautiful design
Do you need a design for your product, email template or business card? Through 99designs you get access to a large pool of freelance designers. 99designs works on the basis of so-called competitions. And you start it. Based on your wishes and instructions, freelance designers take up the challenge and create a design. Then choose your favorite and continue working with the winner until you have the perfect design!
12. Headspace: because sometimes your head needs space too
No matter how handy all the above tools are, doing business remains hectic. Even if your planning and your working method is 100% in order, your head has to be too. And Headspace is ideal for that. The meditation app and accompanying website offers personalized programs for a reasonable price.
Is mindfulness more for you? Then try Aura. This app offers 3 minutes of guided meditation daily. Give yourself a break!