If you’re a mother you understand far too well the struggles of running a business and a household at the same time. There’s simply not enough time in a day to do it all, which is why it’s so important to find the right tools to help you stay organized when it comes to your business.
The problem is with so many choices it’s hard to find the right tools while staying within your budget, which is why I wanted to share my top 5 business tools to keep a mompreneur organized on a budget. I’ve used all of these tools I’m about to mention to you for a year or longer and I can truly say that these have been my tried and true tools when it comes to keeping my business organized. Drum roll, please…
Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.Barbara Hemphill
If you want to be sure you’re meeting deadlines and staying on track with your goals Asana is a great tool to keep a mompreneur organized on a budget and a must-have. I love this tool because it allows you to create multiple files under their free option as well as share your files with other people on your team. You can also download the mobile app on both iOS and Android, which allows for a more seamless experience.
– Offers a basic free plan
– Allows you to customize your templates
– Allows you to collaborate with up to 15 teammates
– Drag and drop feature
– App integrations
– Calendar view
– Can set projects to privacy mode
– Can set due dates
– Billed monthly or annually
– And so much more
I really don’t have much to say when it comes to the cons but that you’re of course limited to the amount of support you’re given as well as the features, but they give you so much for free who can complain (let’s hope it stays that way).
Price (if paying per month): Basic: Free, Premium: $10.99 (per user, per month), Business: $24.99 (per user, per month), Enterprise: Need to contact sales.
If you’re looking for a great CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tool then look no further, ok you can look a bit but I’ve found that HubSpot has been my go-to when it comes to remaining organized on a budget while successfully managing and tracking my sales and leads. The best part, they offer a free plan when it comes to CRM tools as well as a few other great freebies and also provide tons of free helpful tutorials to teach you how to use, manage and run their tools and platform.
Pros (for the basic free plan):
– Free forever promise
– Unlimited users
– Store all your data
– Free CRM tools
– Free marketing tools
– Free sales tools
– Free service tools
– Helpful resources
– If you’re looking for a bit more for your business it can get a bit pricey, like really pricey.
– If can be a bit tricky and difficult to navigate.
– Because it can be difficult to navigate you’ll have to most likely train others on how to use it
Price: Basic: Free, Paid Plans: Price can range from $50.00 and up a month. Click My Affiliate Link Here (I am a HubSpot affiliate and receive a commission when you make purchase) to check out their pricing… (sidebar if you make a purchase using my link I receive a small but helpful commission, but I do not work for them, I’m just an affiliate).
If you have a business you’re most likely on a social media site or two, or three. With that being said I know the challenges that come with making sure that your content goes out on a schedule and that can be hard when your schedule is already limited to a few hours. How can you post content on multiple sites and still manage your daily life? The best way to manage all of your social media sites in one place is to hook up with a social media management tool that can link up all your social sites and gather them in one place. This makes posting easy because you only need to sign in to one site and manage all of your social media sites in one place. Although there are a few top social media management tools (like Hootsuite) I find that buffer is not only more affordable but is easier to use.
– Offers a free plan
– Billed monthly or annually
– 50% off for non-profits
– Mobile app in both iOS and Android
– Schedule posts
– Cheaper than their competitor Hootsuite
– Unlike Hootsuite, they only offer limited social sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest) if you want to include Instagram stories you’ll have to pay extra.
– Limited features for the free plan
– Only allows you to connect to 3 social accounts with the free plan
– Only allows you to schedule 10 posts at a time for the free plan
Price: Basic: Free, Paid Plans: They have three different packages (Publish, Reply and Analyze) which offers different pricing tiers within those packages, with that being said prices range from $15.00 to $99.00 a month depending on which package you choose.
#4. QuickBooks Online
When running a business, it’s important to stay on track with your business finance and although I recommend using PayPal for some things I believe that you should also add QuickBooks to your business toolkit. It keeps track of your spending, allows you to link up your payroll (for an additional fee) and can even connect you to an accountant if need be. It also notifies you when it’s time to report your taxes. There are two ways to purchase QuickBooks either online or via software, I’ll be referring to the former (QuickBooks Online).
– All plans include receipt capture, expert support and app integration
– Mobile app in both iOS and Android
– Tracks income and expenses
– 30-day free trial
– Invoice & accept payments
– Affordable pricing
– Send estimates
– Offers a full-service package
– Simple Start and Essential packages (under the Small Business tab) offer limited features, but they’re still doable.
– When it comes to reconciling your bank statement it could be a bit of a hassle.
– It can take a while to understand how to navigate.
– Offers no free plans
Price: They offer three packages (Small Business, Self-Employed and Accountants) and within those pages, they offer different pricing tiers. The Small Business package starts at $12.00
#5. Erin Condren
If you’re like me you love to write things down. Sure, I use Google Calendars but I also find that it’s easier to get to my notes when I jot my thoughts, plans and schedule down on paper. I find that I’m less likely to bypass my tasks when I see them in front of me on paper and it’s easier to backtrack as well. Whether you’re looking for a notebook or a full-on planner I find that Erin Condren’s style and creativity help me stay on track while feeling inspired. With all the customization that you’re able to do it’s hard to ignore. I also find that her style is a bit more professional looking than her competitors.
– Beautiful designs that you can customize
– Different stationary options
– Made and operated in the USA
– Rewards program
– Great affiliate program
– It can be a bit pricey depending on what you purchase, which is why I’m provided a link that gives you $10.00 off your first purchase, Click It Here (I don’t work for them and I purchase my products with my own money).
Customer service isn’t the best, but their Facebook support team (via inbox) isn’t so bad.
Limited customization when it comes to inside their planners, etc.
Their rewards program can use some improvements since rewards can’t be combined with coupons (it’s essentially a coupon code program).
Price: Prices vary since this is a product and not a service, but they can range from as low as $14.00 when it comes to their notebooks and up depending on your interests and needs.
Overall, the top 5 business tools to keep a mompreneur organized on a budget that I’ve mentioned can help propel you in the right direction depending on your needs and business industry. And, with so many options to choose from it can be a pain to figure out which offerings work best for your business and lifestyle. In the end, you can’t go wrong with either of these choices since most of them offer free plans, but at the end of the day decide which tools will help you manage your life and successfully run your business. As always thanks for listening and remember…
Don’t Get Mad, Get Successful! Latoya M.