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Three Time-Saving Tools for the Busy Business Owner

As a new business owner, I’ve spent much time investigating new programs and tools as they launch to see which ones will help me streamline my work. I thought I’d save you the work and tell you about three of the best…ok…three of my favorites.

First I made iGoogle (www.igoogle.com) my home base. Cloud computing (the use of computer programs that “live” on the internet, not on your hard drive) allows you to check in on your e-mail, calendar, documents, to do lists and bookmarks from any computer, or even your cell phone. One login gives you access to your Gmail and calendar, plus a host of other plugins. And you can do all of this while keeping your existing e-mail addresses.

One of my favourite tools is Wisestamp (www.wisestamp.com). This easy to use plug-in creates an e-mail signature that matches your corporate branding and links to social media profiles. Now every e-mail you send features your logo and contact info, alongside a link to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Wisestamp integrates everything for you and lets all of your contacts know where to find you on their favourite sites. Currently Wisestamp is available for most web-based e-mail services, like Gmail. Here’s what my business Wisestamp signature looks like (you can also make a personal one and toggle between the two).

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The most recent program I’ve adopted is Tungle.me (Sorry… it’s no longer available). This website makes your Google calendar available for anyone to see and even gives them a way to request a meeting with you. If you miss out on meetings because you can’t always answer your phone, now it’s easy for someone to click on your Tungle.me link from your e-mail signature or website and find a time that works for them. You could even give the link in your phone message, “Go to Tungle.me/anitahovey to see my availability and schedule a meeting that is convenient for you.”  If you look at my signature above, you’ll see the Tungle logo is the third one from the left.

I’ve found these tools to be immensely helpful as I try to cram more and more into each working day. I hope you will find them useful too. If you have other favorite tools you’d like to share, please feel free to let me know in a comment below. I’m already working on “Go-To Tools Part 2” and maybe you’ll get a mention.

 

Comments (10)

  • Paul J. Langan Reply

    Do you know if WiseStamp works with MAIL (Mac email) as the program looks exciting and I have found that many non-web based programs don’t overly like logos etc…?

    March 28, 2011 at 8:12 am
    • Anita Kirkbride
      admin Reply

      As I’m on a PC, I’m not sure about Mac Mail. They are constantly updating and expanding the program, so it would be worth trying to install it to see if it does work…that’s what they recommend for systems that aren’t specifically listed on their site.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:00 am
  • Mindy Reply

    Congratulations on your inaugural post!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:49 am
  • Menna Reply

    You’re on fire Anita! Let’s schedule an in person catch-up in the next few weeks! 🙂

    March 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm
  • frostwire Reply

    trying to find you on facebook, wats ur profile

    April 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm
  • Michelle Porter Reply

    This post was great! I did all three things as you suggested, and am enjoying learning how to use these simple tools!

    See my WiseStamp here: http://www.missionmusings.com/2011/04/my-nifty-wisestamp.html

    May 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm
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