Free resources for increasing productivity in 2016

Starting a new year is great for taking stock, evaluating the previous year and planning to do better in the coming year. There are so many resources and tools that promote efficiency for small businesses. Here are a few recommendations that won’t cost you anything:


Trello is great for project management- whether you’re working on a project by yourself or with your team. It is a board on which you put cards made up of your to-do lists, ideas, attachments, due dates etc. You can invite as many team members as you need to just view or collaborate on a project…..and it’s totally free.


Gathering data and analyzing data is crucial for any business that wants to grow. SurveyMonkey provides a quick and easy way of conducting surveys. This can be used to get customer feedback or to understand the needs of potential customers. SurveyMonkey is free for a maximum of 10 questions and 100 responses.


This service is great for managing your most important assets; your staff. It helps with payroll, leave management, attendance and time management, training management and more. It’s free for small businesses with a maximum if 10 employees.


Insightly CRM is a great client relationship management tool that helps you with managing your contacts, managing tasks, projects, opportunities, leads and more. It integrates seamlessly with your google apps, Microsoft Office, Dropbox etc. Insightly is free for up to 2 users.


If you use Gmail or Google mail for business, then rapportive is a great tool for learning more about your contacts. Rapportive displays the linkedin profile of your contacts so you can see their image and get some background as to who they are. If the contact uses the same name on other social media networks, these are displayed as well. Get to your networking skills sharpened with this free tool.