The new year is the perfect time to assess your business and to think about ways to further boost productivity or to make your processes work smarter. Below are the five software solutions that could move your business to the next level in 2022.
For businesses in the start-up stage that are seeking investment or funding, then Bizplan is an invaluable piece of software. Use this tool to create a professional, comprehensive business plan with a range of innovative drag and drop templates; the system will take you through a step-by-step process for ultimate ease of use. Other useful solutions that are part of the package include how-to-guides, self-guided courses, masterclass videos, and – best of all – direct access to the Fundable, Launchrock, and Startups.com platforms.
One subscription fee gives users access to the entire Bizplan suite of tools; a monthly plan costs $29 a month, an annual subscription is $20.75 a month (charged as one lump sum of $249), and $349 will buy you lifetime access to the software.
One of the key benefits of Bizplan is that it features a financial command center that allows for the tracking of all your businesses’ finances in one place; the software also facilitates the online sharing of the newly created business plan with investors. Users frequently rate the highly usable and intuitive interface of this tool and the quality of its additional educational resources that are included in the subscription fee.
Perfect for small and medium-sized businesses, Paycor is a cloud-based payroll solution that delivers a raft of benefits to its users; it has all the tools necessary to manage the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding processes and can also administrate employee benefits and manage training. Why not try this out to ensure tax compliance, to save on staff time as well as give you the peace of mind that your business is acting fully within the law in this regard. As part of Paycor’s service, users can access assistance from a team of tax experts. The software will also automatically deduct the tax payable from each of your employees and will file reports whenever they become due.
Paycor offers no single pricing structure to potential users: a pricing package is determined on an individual basis, determined by the size of your business, the industry within which it operates, and whether Paycor’s all-in-one software solution is required or just a select number of the featured tools.
When it comes to customer feedback, the platform’s usability is generally very highly rated, as is the intuitive dashboard and the detailed reporting and analytical tools offered. The suite of free demos and tutorials is also a useful bonus, which takes new subscribers through Paycor and how to use each of its elements.
For small businesses that have moved out of the start-up stage and are thinking about growth, Wave is a great software tool that provides a range of bookkeeping and payment solutions. The overarching aim of Wave is to allow its users to track and manage all elements of their income and expenses: payments, payroll, and invoicing are all automated in one seamless package.
The most compelling thing about Wave – especially attractive to small or new businesses – is that the software is entirely free and is without hidden fees. This free package includes invoicing, accounting, and receipt scanning tools. For payroll services, there is an additional fee payable. Wave also offers users the facility to accept payments online, and for this, they charge a fee – it’s 2.9% plus 30 cents to process most major payment cards and 1% for bank payments.
This is a great, highly usable option for small businesses that want to streamline their financial processes as they grow and develop. The software gives you the facility to easily organize income and expenditure into tax categories and to view, at a glance, how your business is performing using the dashboard. Users are also able to invoice in any currency and personalize their business’ invoices with the help of a range of professional templates.
With over twenty thousand users across the world, Wrike is a solid choice for project management software that will boost your teams’ productivity and help you to manage the logistics and workflow of a project, whatever its size.
Users can create customized workflows and timelines, set up interactive Gantt charts, and use the dynamic dashboard feature to consolidate all the to-dos and notes from all the different projects that are being managed at any one time.
For small businesses and start-ups, the free package offers centralized task management tools. For businesses growing in size or about to expand, the Professional package facilitates project planning and team collaboration and costs $9.80 a month, while the Business option offers a customized platform for any team or business. Beyond this there is the Enterprise tier, designed for large teams and with scalability in mind – prices for this package are determined on an individual basis.
A well-known name in the business world, HubSpot is all about optimizing your business’ sales processes. The software allows its users to effectively manage their pipeline so that the entire sales funnel can be viewed on one simple dashboard. Deals can be sorted in a myriad of ways, such as by client or stage in the sales process.
A handy timeline feature means that every single interaction with a lead can be logged in a single place, including calls, meetings, emails, and notes, and all sales activity is logged automatically.
Signing up to HubSpot will give you access to a raft of marketing tools, too, including live chat, email marketing, forms, ads, and report features, helping your employees to make the most of every lead generated. The reports that can be generated means that you interrogate your conversions and identify where systems can be improved; for example, you can see at a glance how many visits, on average, a customer makes to your site before committing to a purchase – this information can help your business to transform visitors into customers more effectively.
Getting started with HubSpot is free, and signing up will give you access to the tools and benefits listed above. For businesses requiring additional marketing solutions, though, there is a range of paid options. The Starter package starts at $38 a month and includes one thousand marketing contacts, while the Professional packages starts at $655 a month and includes two thousand marketing contacts. The Enterprise option gives you access to ten thousand marketing contacts a month and starts from $2,624 a month.