May 25, 2016

Essential Tools You’ll Need to Run a Successful Business


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Running a business requires time, effort and so many other things. And you can’t do it all on your own either.

You need a variety of different tools to help you succeed.

Whether those tools are actual products or just concepts that you can use to strengthen your business, it’s important to have the best supply of business tools at your disposal.

See some of the tools that have helped members of the small business community succeed in the list below.

Use These Money Apps to Get Ready for Tax Time

Tax season is quickly approaching. So you need to get your business’s financials in order before that deadline. In this Inc post, Small Business Trends CEO Anita Campbell shares some money apps that you can use to get your small business ready for tax time.

Consider Using Case Studies to Increase Conversions

Case studies are reports about how a product or service has helped another business or client. They can be very helpful tools for a variety of different businesses, as Vanhishikha Bhargava discusses here on the Exit Bee blog. Members of the BizSugar community discuss the post further as well.

Check Out These Cloud Based Tools for Business Owners

There are so many tools available to business owners these days. But some of them can be absolutely essential to your business and its financial future. Check out the cloud based tools listed in this post on the 123-reg Blog by Will Stevens.

Learn About Cognitive Marketing

There are plenty of different ways to think about marketing. And some experts think that there’s a new concept that’s going to be gaining traction in the near future. To learn more about cognitive marketing, take a look at this Marketing Land post by Barry Levine.

Gather Essential Feedback

Feedback is essential to any thriving business. In this post on the Corporate Coach Group blog, Chris Farmer discusses the absolute necessity of getting regular feedback. You can also see discussion about the post over on BizSugar.

Use These Productivity Tools for Twitter

Twitter can be a useful tool for your business. But it can be easy to spend too much time just browsing or coming up with a strategy. Instead, you might consider using some of the tools in this Social Media Examiner post by Ian Anderson Gray to help you be more productive on Twitter.

Focus on Adversity

Not everything in life is easy. And you’ll need to understand that in order to run a business that’s both successful and financially viable. This Cardwell Beach post by Brian Erickson includes some reasons why you might want to share that lesson with your customers as well.

Strengthen Your Brand With a Strong Brand Voice

Developing a voice is an essential part of any branding strategy. And a strong voice can actually be an incredibly useful tool for your business, as Lacy Boggs of The Content Direction Agency explains here. The BizSugar community also shares thoughts on the post that may be worth considering.

Find the Best Content on Facebook

Facebook isn’t just a place to post updates about your business. It can also be a huge source of content and information — if you know where to find it. Here, Rivka Kawano shares some tips for finding the best content on Facebook on the Agora Pulse blog.

Monitor and Consolidate Your Online Data Using a Business Dashboard

If you’ve never used an all-in-one business dashboard, you could be missing out. Keeping your data in one place can help with organizing and monitoring all of that information. In this Noobpreneur post, Ivan Widjaya discusses some of the benefits of business dashboards.

If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to:  [email protected].

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Annie Pilon - Staff Writer


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird, and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. Case Studies have always been useful not only for potential buyers but also for sellers who are trying to prove the effectiveness of their products or service.

  2. Martin Lindeskog

    Cognitive marketing sounds like an interesting topic.

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