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What are you using to manage your small business or startup?

Posted by derekbobo on April 28, 2009

When it comes to starting a business the early stages are usually about getting stuff done. That being said you don’t want to lose that information along the way. You need a way to organize it, store it, and refer back to it if necessary. Historically I think people have used tasks lists, word processors, and spreadsheets. Others may have leveraged the same ideas but went with a paper based approach. These strategies are usually fine when it comes to one or two people working together, but it becomes much harder to work collaboratively as the group or proximity grows.

Web based tools for project management, customer relationship management and wikis attempt to bridge this gap, but do they make sense for the small business or startup? As a technologist I used to think so. The idea has made a lot of sense to me, but I’m starting to wonder if my views are skewed because of my role in IT.

So what do you think? Are these tools useful or just hype when it comes effectively managing your business?

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2 Responses to “What are you using to manage your small business or startup?”

  1. James Jett said

    It works for me: I use a PIM, that enable me to keep the notes about the company and the employee I am in contact with as I do business with that firm. To write my posts and do my research to upgrade my business plan, prospecting and promotion, I use EverNotes, (the free version) to keep all the information from research on the internet. After testing EverNotes I will buy the upgrade.

  2. John said

    We built and use Intervals for our web design and development agency. Now we have six years worth of project management data in the application and it has been extremely useful. If you are like us and you bill hourly, these apps are very helpful if they include time tracking. Because not only can you lookup notes and tasks related to past projects, but you can also run reports on how long they took and provide more accurate estimates on bids for new work.

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