8 Tools you Need to Maximize Your Productivity as a Startup

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In a startup ecosystem, chaos and confusion can be the order of the day. With everyone on the team wearing so many hats, automated systems are a saviour for companies when it comes to being organised and keeping progress on track.

We give you the 8 tools that every startup needs to stay organised and on top of their hustle. 

1. Grammarly

Effective communication is essential to all fields. Grammarly’s AI-backed system helps people to communicate more effectively.

As you type, Grammarly checks the text for hundreds of common grammatical errors, punctuation, spellings, and advanced writing issues like plagiarism and inconsistency in writing style. It also suggests synonyms for improving readability and making your writing more concise. 

Be it a quick mail or a detailed report, Grammarly helps you write with confidence. It is a great proofreading tool that won’t just improve your writing, but also help you save time and energy through your rollercoaster of an entrepreneurial journey. 

You can get the add-on free of cost, but to unlock its premium features (everything apart from grammar, punctuation, and spellings), you have to purchase the app. There are various subscription packages, with a monthly, quarterly and annual plan for $29.95, $59.95 and $139.95 respectively. 

https://app.grammarly.com/

2. Hunter

Hunter is basically TrueCaller for emails. Sometimes, you can have a hard time finding important email addresses, and Hunter is especially helpful while finding business contacts.

According to the website, “Hunter works through massive amounts of data to create connections between professionals”.

All you have to do is type in the company domain and you can find all the public email addresses at once place. 

You can use Hunter for free, but that limits your search to 50 requests. To increase this limit you can purchase one of its various subscription packages, with the price starting at $49/month and reaching up to $399/month. 

https://hunter.io/

3. Trello

Trello helps you manage your team projects in a visual, efficient and organized manner. It simplifies the process of project management and helps people work more collaboratively.

You can create different boards, assign tasks and prioritise, add to-dos, attach due dates, etc. in a fun and flexible way. 

Trello is a tool that can help you increase your productivity at every stage by providing integration and cooperation throughout, right from the ideation to the completion of the project

It offers both free and paid options. The paid packages include Trello Business for $9.99/user/month and Trello Enterprise for $20.83/user/month up to 100 users. 

https://trello.com/home

4. Canva

Canva’s motto is simple- design anything; publish anywhere. It is a simple tool used to design effective visual communication.

As a startup, you can design a lot of your online and offline content on Canva. With this easy-to-use tool, you can save the money you might have otherwise spent hiring a designer. For instance, your social media posts, logos, posters, flyers, and brochures can be designed on Canva with a few clicks. 

Canva can be used for free; even the free version offers a lot of features. For additional features, Canva Pro can be purchased for $9.95/month, billed yearly. 

https://www.canva.com/

5. LastPass

LastPass is a cloud-based password manager that helps you to protect and manage all your passwords. It is a godsend for those who have multiple email addresses and other important accounts.

You would have all your passwords organized in one place. You would only have to remember one master password for the application to access and edit your passwords. 

For personal use, LastPass has both free and paid packages. For business use, LastPass has only paid subscription plans starting from $4/user/month, up to $8/user/month. 

https://www.lastpass.com/

6. Hootsuite

Hootsuite is an app that allows you to manage all your social media from one platform- it remembers all your passwords so you don't have to. 

This means you can keep updating your company’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn page from the same place, instead of logging into each account separately.

One of the best things about this application is its scheduling feature, where you can schedule your posts for the upcoming weeks or months, and the application will keep posting them.

Hootsuite has a variety of subscription plans with the price starting at ₹1260/month, up to ₹45000/month.

https://hootsuite.com/

 

7. SurveyMonkey

Every business wants to know what their customers think of their product or service, and what else they can do to increase their satisfaction. This is where SurveyMonkey can be of assistance.

It doesn’t just help you design and create surveys but also to collect and analyse them. They also have plenty of templates to choose from so that you can personalize your surveys as per your requirements. 

SurveyMonkey can be used for free or you can purchase one of the plans. For personal use, the Advantage plan is priced at ₨ 1,999/month, and for group use, the Team Advantage plan is priced at ₨ 1,550/user/month.

https://www.surveymonkey.com

8. Slack

In an organization, internal communication is as important as external communication. Meetings and memos can be both time-consuming, as well as a waste of resources. 

Slack’s goal is to minimise email and streamline internal communication. It comes with features like sharing files with vendors and partners outside the organisation, voice and video call, and screen sharing. 

Slack organizes all your office communication and makes them searchable; you can even make different channels for different departments and projects. One can get in and out of chats easily, solving the problem of unnecessary notifications as well.

Slack has a free version as well as paid plans. The prices are slashed especially for businesses in India. So the Standard plan is priced at $2.67/user/month and the Plus plan is priced at $5/user/month.

https://slack.com/intl/en-in/

Efficiency is valued everywhere. With the competition being as brutal as it is, we all want to stay ahead, and the key to that is to get more done faster and with lesser efforts.

It is about smart work over hard work. Thus, increasing your productivity has become much easier now with these applications, but you have to be smart about what suits your need best. 

If you know of any other productivity-enhancing tools, don’t forget to mention it in the comments below! 

Nayan Khemani