7 Super Useful Resources for Busy Business Owners

We’re all busy right? In the fast-paced life we lead, it’s great when a tool comes along that helps us run our business more efficiently – the trouble is there are a lot of them out there which have little or no benefit to users and in fact end up wasting us a lot of time.

Every now and again I come across websites that are really helpful and increase my efficiency dramatically. I want to share a few of these with you today. It would be great if you could share any gems you’ve found in the comments so this post becomes a really useful resource for others.

So here are some tools that you can start using immediately.

Nudge Mail – I love this tool and as I get to know more about it I use it more often. This clever system allows you to email it (without any kind of signup procedure) with a date or time that you want the email sent back (i.e. a nudge). The possibilities are endless. I think I might write a more detailed post about it in the future. If you practice GTD this is a great tool for you.

Evernote – There’s not much you can’t do with Evernote. Setup folders for documents, scans, emails, clips from webpages, images and pretty much everything else you might want to organise. If you need a central place for putting things in ‘the cloud’ this is as good as any.

Remember The Milk – Online to-do lists. I’ve set mine up in GTD style. You can email directly to this online system which means when it gets there you can categorise it. I use a tagging system that helps me pick tasks I want to do according to my mood (i.e. If I am in the mood for lots of sales calls – I have a tag for calls)

Adwords Keyword Tool – If you blog then you need to consider what people might be searching for in the likes of Google. This useful tool is great for finding out what people are ‘actually’ searching for, not just what you think they might be doing. Simply take your findings and make sure you craft your titles and articles around them.

Dropbox – Emailing large files can be a real pain. Email servers normally have a limit of about 10mb on them and quite often you might need to get larger files to other places. I recommend dropbox which is free for upto 2gb of storage.

Survey Monkey – Are you looking to run an online survey? Perhaps you want to get feedback from clients. Survey monkey is a great website which makes building a survey very simple and gives you fantastic feedback data and graphs the other side.

Eventbrite – Running a seminar or event and want to invite people? Want to charge but don’t have your own credit card facility? This website allows you to create an event and set a price (can also be free) and invite people to book online. It takes all the hard work out of it for you.

Have you found this post useful? This is the sort of thing I’ll be sharing more regularly with my friends who signup to my email list. It would be great to see you there – just pop your name and email addy in to the box on the homepage on the right hand side.

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  2. Aren Grimshaw on 8th February 2011 at 2:38 pm

    A great post Alastair – I knew of a couple of them but there are some new ones that will come in handy.

    A couple of good ones to add might include:

    For organising a meeting with multiple attendees with busy diaries. Each person selects the times they can and can’t do and the system tells you the day most or all people can make.

    An online diary management tool which draws data from your Google Calendar or manually added and shows available times for meetings. A new appointment can select a time subject to your availability and you receive an email asking you to confirm / accept.

    All the best,


    • Banksy on 9th February 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Awesome thanks Aren. I remember using Doodle with you before – it’s a great tool for matching up diaries 🙂

  3. Kris on 13th February 2011 at 11:03 pm

    A P.A.

    Heaven knows where you would be without yours 🙂

    • Banksy on 15th February 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Ha – it’s true Kris 🙂

  4. Collin Kromke on 15th February 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I’m a big fan of most of the tools you mentioned, and only recently discovered Nudge Mail, which I’ve bee LOVING! I’ve been thinking a lot about using Survey Monkey, and this may be just the push I needed.

    • Banksy on 15th February 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Colin, I’m a big fan of Survey Monkey which you can use for free up to a certain level so you’ve not got much to lose.

      Appreciate you dropping in and commenting 🙂

  5. ACJon on 22nd February 2011 at 4:01 pm

    What a great recommendation I’d never heard of NudgeMail before and my mind is reeling from the possibilities, thanks.
    I ‘ve used bubbl.us a free online mindmapping tool but I’ve upgraded to a paid for product now

    • Banksy on 23rd February 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks for the comment and pointing in the direction of bubbl.us – I’ll certainly check that out. Does it have an Iphone app do you know?

      I love Nudgemail – it’s actually changing my life!


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