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7 low - cost digital tools to increase productivity

Business

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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When you have an endless number of things to do and a limited number of hours in which to get them done, it’s important you and your team are as productive as possible. Luckily, there are some great digital tools you can adopt to achieve your goals.

Asana

Asana is a web and mobile platform that helps teams plan projects, allocate tasks, track progress and manage work files in one place, as well as communicate remotely. It is available on different paid subscription plans, with the option to download the application on Apple and Android phones.

Best for: Teams working on multiple projects at one time that are deadline-driven and need to be managed from a central point.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a free tool that allows you to store and share files and documents on the cloud which you can access from and edit on any device. It’s also available in app form (that can be used offline) for Windows and Mac computers, as well as Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The only requirement is that each team member have their own free Google account.

Best for: Teams that work from different locations or need to have access to files from multiple devices.

Toggl

Toggl is a simple time-tracking tool that works online across all devices, helping to record the amount of time it takes to complete various tasks. The free account merely needs you to sign up and log in, and gives you the option to save a browser button extension for easy access. The paid plan comes with a reporting feature that breaks down your data and keeps you regularly updated on how you are spending your valuable time.

Best for: Businesses that charge clients per hour, or if you want to know whether the time a project is taking is worth the money it’s earning.

LastPass

LastPass keeps track of all passwords and stores them in one place online, and it also generates better, more secure passwords. It’s available online with the option to install a browser extension, as well as an application for Apple and Android smartphones.

Best for: Teams that need access across password-protected programs.

Slack

Slack is a communication tool that brings all conversations, tools and files together in one simple hub. It is available as an application for both Android and Apple phones, as well as Windows and Mac devices, and there is also a video-messaging option. All conversations are stored for ease of reference, and all data is protected by stringent security. Slack offers a free plan for smaller teams, and two paid options for bigger teams with specific requirements.

Best for: Teams that need to be in touch constantly, but work from different areas.

Google Alerts

Google Alerts sends you email alerts whenever your business is mentioned online, whether it’s on web pages, newspaper articles, blogs or scientific research. All you need to access this tool and set up alerts is a free Google Account.

Best for: Companies that need to keep track of what is being said about their company or initiatives online, or who need to respond quickly to client queries or complaints.

The information contained in this article is for information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

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