Tools and techniques to love this February and beyond


February 18, 2021

By: Houston Slatton

Where would we be as solutions-focused experts without a few favorite tools and techniques we can depend on, even during the most challenging engagements and ever-shifting workplace environments?

With the lightning speed of innovation these days, not to mention skill sets required to stay on course, this month I wanted to share a few ideas—in the vein of “digital transformation”—that may be useful for managing the daily demands of business development, client work, and the 948 other things on your plate (including reading emails like this!).

Idea One: Instead of overwhelming your teams, contractors, or yourself with app after app (and password after password), try consolidating into one suite that can be used company-wide and allows for outside collaboration. The 800-pound gorillas here are Microsoft Office and Google Workspace, but there are more suites to choose from depending on your line of business. For example, if you’re visually-based, Trello could do the trick. Or just embrace the complexity and use a tool like LastPass!

Idea Two: Looking to build and maintain strong relationships, even while things are virtual? Check out Thnks: “Growing business with gratitude.” While it may seem old school, saying thank you actually never gets old, even if you’re doing it in a modern way.

Idea Three: If you are a small to midsize business that operated in 2019 and 2020, chances are you may be dealing with all sorts of new changes due to the stimulus packages—not to mention all the “rules” for 2021 that come with a new White House administration. Many positive changes were made in an attempt to help businesses stay afloat, while simultaneously creating more work. Stay on track with payroll, tax deadlines, and more with a platform like Gusto or ComplYant, and help alleviate some of the work in these “headache” areas.

Bonus idea that has nothing to with technology: Feeling stressed? Needing some time away from WFH? The benefits of Infrared Saunas are quickly becoming mainstream: better sleep, relaxation, detoxification, and muscle soreness relief, to name a few. Chances are, if you’re located in a regional or major metropolitan area, there will be an IR business nearby.

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