When I was starting my first business, I was wondering if entrepreneurs used any tools to make their life better. Despite having no experience, I was convinced that they had some magic tools that could boost their productivity and make their ventures easier. After a while, I realised there is nothing magical to them but they can make your work easier and increase your productivity. For that reason, I’m quite happy to share those with you. Some of them are obvious, some are less known.
Trello is simple. It’s a fully online project management software based on the Karban Toyota method. Basically, it works with list and cards. Make a list, then add a card to it. For example, you create a list called to do, then add cards who are given the name of the things you have to do. Take a sheet of paper for example, the list is the sheet of paper and the cards are the elements of your to-do list.
Before that, we had tried Asana, we spent more time figuring how the damn thing worked than actually planning the project. So when some friends introduced us to Trello, we were immediately thrilled by its simplicity and its ease of use. If you are a startup and you want get things going, Trello is the way to go.
This one is obvious. Can you live without it ? Biologically speaking, yes. For the rest, use it.
You could be the next big thing, but you’re no next big thing if you stay in your basement and you have no contacts. Meetup is a good way to meet people that are in the business or in the know of what’s going on in the local or international startup community.
On a side note, I also notice that meeting motivated people gives me an additional boost of energy. Also, knowing other entrepreneurs may help you get tutoring as well as precious feedback. Don’t underestimate the help of people who have already walked your path.
Any kind of service you can think of for just 5$ ?!! What do you have to lose ? As its name implies, Fiverr is a website where you can get all sorts of stuff done for only 5$ . Sounds too good to be true ? Well, you have to separate the wheat from the chaff and search carefully to find out the most competent people. I realise it may be a hit or miss, but once you find someone competent, you can keep their contacts and have reliable work done for a penny. Upwork is similar in nature but has a different approach when it comes to pricing.
Hint: Really useful for entrepreneurs on a tight budget to get your first logo.
There are a plethora of other domain name registrar, but we found that the one with the best interface was GoDaddy, it also offers hosting so you can get your website set in one place. Basically, you search if the domain name you want is available (www.whatever.com) and if it’s available you can buy it for a generally decent price,(depending on its desirability) For example, registering the domain name for the product we are launching in 2 months, PicGlu, was simple and cheap because it is an original name. Therefore, we were able to purchase for a good price.
As an entrepreneur, no one will be there to peek behind your shoulder or remind you to work. You have to be extraordinarily focused on your objective. That 10 minutes spent on Facebook or Instagram is 10 minutes you haven't spent on building a better life for yourself.