Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Tools You Need To Run A Business From Home

When it comes to how we work with technology, one of the most major recent developments is birth of the remote worker. Not only can we work from home, but we can even run a business from the home, whether alone or with a team, as well. However, if you’re thinking of starting a home business, it’s important to know what tools you’re going to need to start out with.

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The website
Simply put, your website is going to be your most effective and important marketing tool. This is true of many modern businesses, but it’s especially true of those that are run from home instead of having their own physical storefront or office. Your website will serve as the online home of your business, allowing you to advertise your goods and services, to offer information that can help convert customers, and giving them the details they need to get in touch. If you’re running an e-commerce business, then it’s best to make your website the face of your online store, as well.

The file management
When you’re working from home, or even working on the road, then you need to be flexible. This means being able to work from any location and any device. To that end, managing your business documents can become a lot easier with the right file management and storage tools. Furthermore, you can use document management tools to streamline the work of preparing branded documents such as press releases. This way not only can you make sure all your documents are backed up on the cloud, but you can help them fit your professional brand, improving the impression of the business, as well.

The communication tools
At some point, you are likely to need to rely on others, whether they be employees you’re working with, freelancers you are contracting, or an outsourced service provider. To ensure the best possible collaborating, free and easy communication is necessary. Team management tools can allow you to stay in contact with anyone who is collaborating with or as a member of the business. You can track multiple conversations across teams, pin conversations for later reference, and share resources and plans across the board. It’s a lot easier to track all your conversations in one place rather than using emails, IMs, phone calls, and other mediums sporadically.

The project management
Another tool you will need if you’re working with an online team is the tools that will help you make sure all collaborative projects are on track. While communication software will help them keep track of one another, project management software allows you to take a birds-eye view over their collaborative efforts to see how the workflow is supposed to be progressing. This way, you can identify bottlenecks before they happen and make sure everyone is progressing as they should.

The above tools are just examples of what you might need to help you best manage your business from home. Be sure to consider your own needs and do your research on any additional software or hardware that can help you succeed.

15 comments:

  1. I am expecting my first child and have been thinking of ways to work from home. I appreciate this information.

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  2. This is a good run down on things you need. I've worked with team management software and it's very helpful.

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  3. Always remember to have EVERYTHING backed up by hard copy.

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  4. Nice list of what's needed if considering working from home.

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  5. Thanks for the list, I have been thinking about ways I can work from home.

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  6. Great tips for working from home. Many things to think about.

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  7. Thanks for these tips for home businesses,especially tools to manage communication with team members and collaborators. With more people working from home due to CIVID, these tools should have even broader application than just home-based businesses.

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  8. I have never thought about using project mgmt software. I may need it:)

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  9. Thanks for this!!! Very helpful for me right now!

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  10. Product management is just as important as employee management.

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  11. Great tools and info for working from home

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  12. Thanks for the information. Many people are working from home now.

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  13. This is very helpful and interesting thank you for posting this

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  14. I have been urging my mom to start an online photography business!

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