Executive Education

These Awesome Technologies Can Help Give Any Startup An Advantage

If you are in the process of starting a business and are worried that you will have too much competition in the world of global corporations, there is something you might like to think about before being overly concerned.

Just shy of a decade ago the bottom dropped out of most global markets and corporations began folding one after the other, falling like a line of dominos after the first being tapped.

As a result, more and more highly educated and extremely talented professionals were left without a job and, in an effort to survive, took their talents to market.

They became entrepreneurs and started their own fledgling companies. Today, although we still live in a world of mega corporations, there are literally millions of little startups springing up around the world and those that survive have, for the most part, learned to make technology work for them.

If you are the owner or director of a U.S. startup, here is a bit of technology that every startup should be using.

As If You Wouldn’t Have Guessed – The Internet

Of course, you will need a computer or mobile device of some sort to access the Internet, but it’s all one and the same as far as being ‘connected.’ Not only can you advertise your new business online but you can recruit new talent, find resources, look up the state requirements for starting a business where you live, and even take your business online. It’s amazing what being connected can do for a startup!

Productivity Software

There is literally more productivity software out there than you’ll ever have time to investigate. What you need to know before choosing software that is right for your startup is simply knowing what you want to accomplish. Are you looking for bookkeeping software like QuickBooks?

Perhaps you need project management software to keep inventory, time and labor under control. A good tip here is to seek software solutions in the Cloud. Subscriptions work out cheaper than those programs you buy and load onto your local hard drive and they have tech teams to support them 24/7. You’ll never be stymied for a solution to a software glitch because dedicated tech teams are at your disposal to help work through your issues.

Here’s a look at 38 best productivity and project management tools that will help you grow your startup:

  1. Google Drive
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Basecamp
  4. Asana
  5. Evernote
  6. Quip
  7. ExpenseBot
  8. Nuzzel
  9. Todo
  10. Pocket
  11. Trello
  12. Zoho Invoice & time tracking
  13. Voxer
  14. Hotjar
  15. Simply Measured
  16. HelpScout
  17. Zendesk
  18. Help.com
  19. Google Analytics
  20. Slack
  21. TinyPulse
  22. Coursera
  23. Udemy
  24. edX
  25. Crazy Egg 
  26. Google Adwords
  27. SumoMe
  28. Kissmetrics
  29. Streak
  30. Nimble
  31. Rapportive
  32. Optimizely
  33. MailChimp
  34. Salesforce 
  35. Hubspot
  36. Buffer
  37. Buzzsumo
  38. Canva

Mobile Communications Devices

As mentioned above, staying connected is critical to being in business. You will absolutely want to engage with your customers, so that means choosing the right mobile communications devices for your needs.

You can’t always be sitting at your computer, so smart phones or tablets are ideal solutions. Keep mobile communication devices with you at all times so that you can respond to any queries or post a brief message or two on your social sites and even your home page. Mobile communications are an absolute ‘must have.’

And, the list could go on and on and on from there. The point being made is that there is a hi tech solution for every issue you may face as a startup and although much of what technology can do for you can also be handled manually, why waste so much time? As a startup, technology is your very best friend and your most loyal employee. Use it wisely and starting your business will be so much easier than you ever imagined.

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Boris Dzhingarov
Boris Dzhingarov, founder of Cryptoext, graduated from the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) in Sofia, Bulgaria with a Bachelor's degree in marketing.