Being a business consultant can be challenging, you need all the tools you can get your hands on. In this article we look at ten of the best tools around.
Your first real step along the right track is to find a good virtual meeting client. Having the client that allows you to present as a professional makes all the difference. There are many good examples out there, and it is worth your while to seek out one that suits your needs perfectly.
You also need to consider brainstorming tools. There are some excellent mind mapping tools out there that can really make it incredibly easy to share ideas and also come up with ideas as part of a team.
Make sure that you also grab some invoicing software, so you can bill all of your clients professionally. Nothing looks worse than a poorly created invoice that is unprofessional. Avoid this by investing in software that makes invoicing easy and clear.
You will also have to ensure that you have good tech support. Buy a tablet or laptop that allows you to keep notes in meetings and essentially organise your life.
The same goes for organisation in general. If you haven’t already found one, get a good app that helps you manage your week. Even if it’s Google Calendar, it’s better than nothing.
If you are a more traditional business consultant, buy a decent diary. A good diary goes a long way towards making sure that you are organised and on time.
To keep all those important files and documents in order, find a good cloud storage service. The best by far is currently Dropbox, because you can organise your storage capacity around your business. It is free too for light use.
If you’re involved in marketing your client and his or her services or products, consider using Eventbrite for creating an event and publicising it. It is high quality, especially in the level of support you receive.
Using Yammer, you can create a private internal network for emails. This means a lot when you have multiple points of contact within an organisation, so investigate it to keep on top of all those communications you have to manage.
Finally, use good electronic signature software to make sure you are on top of all those important docs, like contracts and terms and conditions. Your clients will thank you for it.