Project Management Tools to Consider For Your Small Business

Most small business owners and entrepreneurs recognize that running a business involves a lot of project management in skills, abilities, and responsibilities. Luckily with many of today’s technology and online tools, small business owners can take advantage of some of the project management tools and software available today to help run their businesses. Here are some tips and project management tools for running that small business.

Technology. We’ve already talked before about technology and how it’s a huge asset to small businesses and project management today. The truth is technology has even sparked the start up of many small businesses. In fact, some small businesses are run 100% online without purchasing and storing any supplies, equipment, or setting aside any office space. Technology has made this possible by being able to communicate with clients on the other side of the world at any time of day, sharing files and other data electronically, and set up inventory systems that are 100% online.

Some businesses, particularly those service entities, can run their businesses with a single tablet or Smartphone. Smartphones and tablets have the capabilities to email, share and send files and other data, conference call, make payments and take payments, transfer funds, and even manage calendars. What more do small businesses or project managers need?

Project Management Software. Most organizations are run and operate today with some form of project management software. Most of these are available online and can function be managed within the cloud, and are relatively low cost, or even free to use. Gone are the days when companies and organizations had to purchase expensive software and the licenses to install copies on everyone’s machine in an office. With laptops, tablets, and Smartphones, everything can be controlled, managed, and powered with an app, a file sharing program, or even with apps.

Some of the most popular project management tools and software include Basecamp, Teamwork PM, Zoho Projects, and Do. These are all extremely user-friendly, web-based so you don’t have to worry about installing or purchasing anything, and most are even incredibly cost effective! Most project management tools and software also have an app available for tablets and Smartphones so they can be accessed easily on-the-go.

Social Media. Social media is another tool that many businesses are still getting on board with. Social media is today’s way of getting your business name and brand in the faces and hands of your customers and potential customers. Social media does the networking and marketing for you all in one. It can be used to connect with existing customers, inquiring customers, and even other businesses and competitors within your industry. Customers can even “share” or connect with other customers with questions or feedback on your product or services.

All in all, running a business by using project management tools really consists of technology and good project management software…not to mention excellent project managerial skills and tactics. With the flexibility and convenience behind technology, social media, and project management software and platforms today, anything –even running a business—is possible.

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About Julie

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Julie Anne Hoey is the owner and founder of J. H. Language Solutions. She has over four years experience in publishing as a full time editor and project manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusett. The main focus of her personal and professional studies has always been language. Her project management experience began while she was working for Victory Productions, a small publishing house in Worcester, MA. She now holds a position at Pearson Learning Solutions, the largest textbook publisher in the world, managing an initiative to ensure that custom higher ed textbooks are more relevant and cost effective for students. As the textbook publishing industry is facing steep competition from digital format books, she has learned to work closely with professors, adopters and field editors all over the country to ensure projects are seen through to successful completion. Her own consulting business, J. H. Language Solutions, is dedicated to helping businesses and individuals with their language needs and challenges whether it be translation, editing, writing blogs, or project management. She can be hired via her oDesk page: https://www.odesk.com/users/~~c730f492668d3f4d?sid=28001
  • Christy

    I am using a project management software and it really helps a lot especially since I am starting up my retail business. Checkout Cyberstockroom (www.cyberstockroom.com). It is a cloud based inventory management tool so I can easily keep track of my inventories. It is very easy to use, works for me.