Today we’re continuing our September “back to work” theme by looking at increasing productivity with a few electronic tools and apps your startup can use to do more in less time.
Save time on printing, scanning and/or posting. Send a copy to all parties electronically. Save money on the paper and toner. Electronic signatures are legally binding in the US and EU and services use digital encryption to prevent against forging. Here are four electronic signature providers:
- Docusign – free for 1 user and 5 signature requests
- Echosign – free for 1 user and 5 transactions per month
- RightSignature – plans start at $14/mo
- Sertifi – plans start at $19.99/mo
Make sending files to coworkers or clients easy with file transfer tools. It will enhance the productivity of remote workers too, as they will have easy access documents. You may already be familiar with Dropbox, but there are other providers to choose from too.
- Dropbox – 2-18 GB free
- Dropir – Free, services is ad supported
- Smartjog – specialized for the media industry
- Titan File – pricing starts at $10/mo for 100 files at up to 2GB each
Time and Project Management/ Team Collaboration
There are all sorts of different time and team management tools. There are a few too many to list here, but you can check our Resource Pages for Time and Project Management and Collaboration Tools to get the full list. Don’t forget to filter the list to see which providers offer free services.
Do you spend a lot of time working on presentations? Ever have trouble with version control when you’ve got multiple people contributing? These presentation tools can help you streamline your presentation preparation. Furthermore some allow you to track stats of those who view your online presentations.
- 9Slides – Tracks user stats; free version up to 5 presentations
- Prezi – Supports collaboration; free version up to 100MB of storage
- SlideRocket – Supports collaboration; Tracks user stats; Free version which works online and via mobile devices.
- Google Docs – Supports collaboration; free to use