Written by Haley Osborne
Millions dream of running the company but few realize that being in charge means always being at work. For business owners, the idea of a 9 to 5 workday is laughable.
Business strategy and management takes more time than anyone can expect, no matter what the industry or size of a business. Add to that the growing list of things to help grow and support business and it’s easy to see why some action items take a permanent back seat.
Promoting your company online through blogs, articles and social media is more than just one of those “when I find the time” entries on your To Do list – it’s fast becoming an absolute necessity if you want to survive and prosper in today’s economy. Fortunately, there are several tools that can save you both – time and money, if you use them right.
Are you a business owner with no time to write? Here are eight must have tools to help get the deed done:
Get Content Ideas
Knowing where to start is perhaps the biggest challenge when you’re first setting out to create website content. These tools will help you find out not only which topics suityour industry best but also which issues are currently trending.
A free service is not only meant for asking questions and finding answers. Follow Quora and you will know what questions are interesting for people – that’s how you will make your content ideas usefull and audience oriented.
This is a great app to find out which topics are trending within professional circles before they hit mainstream media.
HubSpot’s Topic Generator
Give this generator three words and it will return a handful of blog titles – some of which can be a bit random. While some of the titles won’t be a good fit, using them as a jumping off point can help boost brainstorming sessions with your creative team or over your morning cup of coffee.
As with any responsibility related to your business, writing is a whole lot easier if you’re organized. These tools will help you organize sources, ideas, projects and priorities.
Word Press and the Editorial Calendar
WordPress is pretty much the go to blogging interface these days and for good reason. It’s clean, easy to work with and customizable to almost any business needs. It also features an editorial calendar plug-in to schedule blog posts.
Being entrepreneur means dealing with multiple tasks and plenty of information every day, still keeping the big picture in mind. Pocket is perhaps the best app geared towards of such overwhelmed business owners since it gives you an easy way to store interesting articles, posts and other sources quickly without getting too distracted from what you’re doing.
You’ve got some ideas and you’re organized so now it’s time to get writing! These tools will help you make writing process more productive and avoid that intimidating blank sheet of paper.
Write or Die
This app helps you write non stop and keep your ideas flowing. Set the timer and keep writing no matter what – then go back and correct the mistakes. This style of free writing is endorsed by authors like Natalie Goldberg and Stephen King as the perfect way to get creative juices flowing and to avoid keyboard paralysis.
Initially planned as an academic writing assistance, Essay Tigers now offers wide range of writing services, including business writing. You can ask for expert writing advice, use the proofreading service or even order a text from scratch. Any of these options will save you time and guarantee better writing quality.
Pro Writing Aid
When you have already finished with writing but are not quite sure about the quality this app comes in handy. Paste your text and get recommendations on spelling, grammar and readability.
At the end of the day, making time to create high quality content is about reworking your schedule and making the promotion and growth of your business an active and flexible priority. Getting started can be hard but once it becomes a part of your regular work routine you’ll see the payoffs.
About the Author: Haley Osborne is a professional copywriter for startup projects. She usually covers business, marketing issues and searches the ways to increase writing productivity. Haley can be contacted via Facebook or Google+.
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