How to Increase Your Business Productivity on a Budget

There are many keys to running a successful business. Having the right product or service at the best price is important. Having the right people working for the business is another key. One of the things that many businesses do not do is make sure they are getting the most productivity out of their employees. Keeping your employees productive and efficient is the best way to run a successful business. In order to do this, you need the right tools. Read on to find out how to find and use the right tools to improve your business's productivity without dipping too far into your company's valuable resources.


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    Use conference calls rather than traveling to meetings. It used to be the case that you had to travel to meet with clients or colleagues in remote locations. Now, however, you can use a conference call or video hangout to have these conversations from as many different locations as you want. You can hold these calls at any time, in any part of the world, with as many people as you need. You can buy software tailored to business conference calls, but there are also plenty of free options available online. Use Skype to call or chat one-on-one or with small groups of people, and use Google+ Hangouts for larger video calls.
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    Use the Cloud to store and share information. Whether you need to share documents, files, and other information with coworkers or clients, do so through Cloud computing. Documents and data stored on the cloud can be accessed by everyone who needs it, all at the same time. It's easily searchable, so that you can quickly find anything you need, and it is especially cost-effective for small companies without an IT department. There are many cloud services and file sharing options available online for free or for a small fee; the Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud all offer storage, sharing, and computing, and a quick search will provide you with a host of other companies that offer more specific computing services.
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    Use time management software. This software allows a business to accurately track the time that the business is paying for. It can track an employee’s hours and the amount of time they spend working on specific projects. This type of software is even more important if employees are working in different locations or from home. Time management software can help keep everyone on task. It can manage a project and the tasks that need to be completed for that project. It can help create the to-do lists that keep everyone working on the project. This software is the best way to make sure that everyone is doing what is needed to finish projects on time.
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    Use scheduling software. This software can help a business schedule the right number of employees for a project at the right time. It will help keep a project on task with deadlines and clear goals that have to be met. The schedules that are created can be easily shared and modified when needed. Buy a scheduling software that you can use for all your employees, or use something as simple as Google's calendar, which you can then share with your company.
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    Use email, instant messaging, and other forms of communication wisely. Emails and instant messaging can be very effective tools when they are used properly. Emails may not always get the fastest response, but they do create a paper trail that can help accomplish goals later, and they are a great place for longer, well-thought-out, detail-oriented communication. Instant messaging allows people to send short messages and to communicate in a very efficient manner. Use a combination of both of these forms of communication, as well as in-person meetings and conversations, to communicate effectively in any situation.
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    Train your employees in each of the tools you use. If a tool is not being used in the same way by everyone, it will lose some of its effectiveness - for example, scheduling software is only effective when people use it to document and schedule meetings and free time. When everyone knows how to use the tools, and uses them effectively, the productivity of the business will increase.


  • Read reviews of any software and take advantage of free trials before you buy.
  • There are tons of free software options available online. Use these before buying similar products.

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