As an entrepreneur, when you were first developing your business, having everything in one Word document titled “My Startup” was sufficient. But as your business grew, Word just isn’t cutting it anymore, is it? Listed below are five startup organization tools that will help you organize your startup, free of charge.
Trello boards are an organizational tool owned by Atlassian. It is essentially a collaboration space where you can create lists and write cards on each list. These cards can be anything, from a simple thought to a list of MVP features you still have left to implement, to tasks assigned to specific people.
You can add people to your Trello Board and collaborate with others. Have a deadline for a task? Trello allows you to add due dates to any card. Does an item have multiple components to it? Add a checklist to the card.
Organized collaboration at your fingertips.
Not sure what an MVP is? We break it down here.
2. Google Drive
I can’t write an article on free startup tools without mentioning Google Drive. Google Drive is an incredible asset for organizing your startup. You can utilize the folder capabilities to neatly compartmentalize every aspect of your startup while controlling who has access to which folders and files. Working on one document and need your team member to take a look? Google Docs allows you to tag people within the document. Need team members to report the money they’ve invested? Google Spreadsheets.
For all your documentation needs, Google Drive is there.
Struggling to keep track of all of your meeting notes, ideas you’ve picked up from random websites, and just your thoughts in general? Check out Evernote: a note-taking app designed to help you capture your thoughts and know where to find them. With Evernote, you can sync your notes up between two devices, scan handwritten notes or receipts, take screenshots of webpages to add to your notes and manage a todo list. All within Evernote. Need to share some thoughts with someone else? Not a problem. Evernote allows you to share your content with anyone, even if they don’t have an Evernote account.
Similar to the other startup tools listed, Asana allows you to add tasks, projects, give tasks due dates, and assign tasks to specific team members. Asana’s free plan allows for up to 15 members, which is a fairly decent amount of people. On the free plan, you can have unlimited tasks, projects, file storage, and an activity log to keep track of changes. Take a look at your calendar in Asana to stay on top of upcoming events and deadlines. Asana also offers app integration with applications such as Google Products (Google Drive, Gmail, etc.), Slack, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
5. My Hours
As an entrepreneur, with a lot on your plate, time might seem to slip through your fingers without warning. Try using My Hours, to keep track of the time you’re spending on each task to make sure you’re effectively using the time you have in your day. My Hours’ free plan allows unlimited team members and projects, in case you want to add in other people and have them track their time as well. You can even keep track of billable hours, download reports as PDFs or spreadsheets, My Hours is available on Web, iOS, and Android phones, and a desktop app on the way.