Google My Business has rolled out 3 new attributes that your small business should be taking advantage of - 1) Curbside Pickup, 2) No Contact Delivery, and 3) Dine-In. Read more here
With more people working from home, implementing a password manager can increase security and you'll never have to remember all those crazy passwords again. Check out this great article by WIRED magazine here: https://bit.ly/2zwdZcH
Do you often find yourself navigating an upwards of 20+ browser tabs when multitasking throughout the day? If so, there may be a solution for you!
I discovered the Shift app a few months ago and it's allowed me to be better organized and more focused throughout the workday.
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The Shift app can make you more productive by connecting to your Gmail, Outlook, and Office 365 accounts as well as apps such as Slack, Facebook, Spotify, Airtable, Skype, PayPal and many, many more. There are hundreds of available apps to connect to as well as browser extensions for convenience.
With Shift, instead of having a maze of browser tabs or different browsers open altogether, you simply select the account your working in and browser tabs and account information is automatically focused for you. Visual notifications are displayed for new alerts within an account making it easy to keep up to date and vastly improving your productivity.
Check out the Shift app video below and give it a try!
Azlo, a great small business banking option, is now making it easier to access your funds quickly.
Azlo is a great banking option for sole proprietors, startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses looking to separate their personal and business finances.
One of the primary reasons I recommend Azlo is because there are no minimums or maintenance fees which makes it a no-brainer.
One downside, until now, was that it could take a little while to get access to funds. That is no longer the case. Azlo now offers instant transfers out for a flat fee of $1.
Azlo also has loads of other great features such as mobile deposits and integrations with Square, Stripe, and other business tools. You can check out the full list here.
Gmail Search Upgrade
G Suite's Gmail has been a top email option for small businesses and its recent filter update gives small business owners yet another reason to make the switch.
G Suite's Gmail recently updated filter capability allows you to more easily narrow results to find specific emails. Previously, it was possible, but only using advanced search methods.
The new filters are simple and can be accessed by a drop down arrow near the search bar (see below).
New filters include the ability to search for emails with an attachment, specific type of attachment, within a specific time frame, having or not having certain words, and a few more useful options.
Gmail's new filters are a huge improvement that was long overdue but is a welcome new feature for the millions of users who rely on this service for personal and business use.
The update was rolled out starting on February 19th, so if you haven't received it yet, it may take up to 15 days. Google plans to add the filters to personal Gmail accounts as well but doesn't have an official date yet.
If you're in the market for project management software, a great resource I recommend, JIRA, now offers a free tier for small businesses to get started. With Jira Core, you can manage projects, monitor details, and measure performance. Check out JIRA Core here.
While searching for a capable social media scheduling tool that included Google My Business (there aren't many), I came across the OneUp app, a great and affordable option for small businesses.
If you're in the market for a social media scheduling tool, I would highly recommend considering the OneUp app - it covers the major social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google My Business, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn) and is relatively affordable compared to major competitors.
Pricing starts at $4.50 per month for up to 3 social media channels and 150 scheduled posts. The next tier up starts at $12.50 per month for up to 10 social media channels and 1,000 scheduled posts, which is sufficient for many small businesses.
Comparatively, Hootsuite, also another recommended option, starts at $29 per month for 10 social media channels and unlimited scheduling. but DOES NOT cover Google My Business.
In addition to a pricing advantage, OneUp offers automatic recycling of social media posts. This is very helpful considering the 7-day expiration of Google My Business posts.
Other useful features of the OneUp app include categories for managing multiple clients, calendar view for managing posts, and automated posts via RSS feeds.
Below is a video from OneUp to learn more if you're still not convinced.
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Did you know that email marketing is still one of the most successful ways to reach your customers?
According to OptinMonster, 58% of individuals check their email in the morning prior to news, search, company intranet, or social media. In addition, 60% of consumers sign up for brand emails expecting to receive promotional emails when compared to only 20% who follow brands on social media.
Are you a small business owner looking to get started with accounting and invoicing software? If so, one of our recommended resources, FreshBooks, is having a mega fall sale, 50% OFF, that you can take advantage of.