Most entrepreneurs started as a solopreneur, doing many things on their own and wearing many hats in their business. The good news is, as a solopreneur, you are constantly learning new skills and new knowledge in all different aspects of your business because you don’t have much help around. The bad news is, doing everything and wearing many hats can prevent you from scaling your business and become more efficient with your time and grow your revenue.
Today, I want to share with you 5 tools and platforms that could help you scale your business by helping you saves time. These resources will help you build a more efficient system for your business to grow and succeed. These resources have helped me build and scale a 6-figure social media agency.
This app/platform has to be ON TOP of our list because of the values that we have realized ZOOM can offer to our business since COVID-19. As a business coach and an entrepreneur who also runs a full-time social media agency, I have been able to maximize my time and my resources with Zoom. Zoom helps me and my team to eliminate unnecessary in-person meetings with clients, streamlines our training process and improves our communication & collaboration while working remotely from home.
Free & Paid Plan
PRO: $20 CAD a month (https://zoom.us/pricing)
Asana comes second on our list of “must-have” tools. Asana is a project management system that allows you to assign tasks to your team members or partners, track the progress and eliminate back & forth e-mails and text messages. At my BOWO Creative Agency, we use Asana to onboard clients and keep track of our creative projects. As a coach, I use Asana to track the progress of my programme, plan out my launch and communicate with my one-on-one clients on their growth.
Free & Paid
If you are an entrepreneur, regardless of how big or small your business is, you definitely need Design Pickle. Design Pickle is a subscription-based service where you can have a designated graphic designer who will take care of all of your designing needs. Need a logo design? An Instagram infographic? A Facebook or LinkedIn banner? Design Pickle has you covered. I am currently working on launching my brand new podcast about female empowerment, business and personal growth called Her Inner Badass and the Design Pickle team has been helping me every step of the way.
What I love the most about working with Design Pickle is the convenience of not having to hire my own graphic designer (which could be a nightmare sometimes if you don’t end up with the right one). I also save on my business expenses as my subscription plan comes with unlimited requests for graphic work at one flat rate. If I were to hire a freelance graphic designer, imagine how much more it would be for me to pay the designer on a project basis and for every revision base. The designer that was assigned to me by Design Pickle is extremely understanding & talented. After providing her with the info she needs, she was able to turn my vision into a beautiful logo & graphics.
Let me know what you guys think about this logo & social media graphic design customized for me by the Design Pickle team!
Price: $399 USD/month for Essentials & $995/ month for Pro
Now that you have Design Pickle to cover all of your creative needs & graphic design, the next tool that you need is a social media scheduling tool. Imagine how much time you will save if your social media posts & captions can be planned out way ahead of time and can be posted automatically on your behalf?
As someone who runs a social media agency myself, I could tell you that we absolutely love Design Pickle & Later. Aside from being a social media scheduling tool, Later business version also produces in-depth analysts on your account growth, engagement and hashtags so you know exactly what to do to adjust and grow your online presence.
Free & Paid
Last but not least, I want to talk about a tool that will help you to LOVE your email. Spark makes organizing & managing e-mails and workflow so easy. You can connect Spark to your Asana, google drive or iCal (if you are using an Apple products) and create a seamless workflow and communication for you and your team.
Free & Paid
I hope this blog post could help you build a better and productive workflow for your business and grow your brand.