Business Growth, Small Business

4 Simple and Powerful Programmes to help MAXIMISE your Business Productivity

At Life Design Group, we utilise many different digital applications to facilitate business growth, client satisfaction, productivity and consistency. These are readily available programmes are very useful and transferable into many business settings.

As such we thought we would take a few minutes to share four of our easiest to use favourites with you that can be used by anyone regardless of their previous IT acumen and experience.

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“QuickBooks Online changed my perspective on accounting altogether. Unlike any programs I ever used it’s easy to register, easy to sign in and so simple to use.

The way the online version is designed, is to make it simple for users and accountants to work with. The side menu is clear and self-explanatory, creating invoices is made easy with one click on the create invoice.

It’s hard to make a mistake on QuickBooks the program is designed in a way that allows you to see what you are imputing which helps you not duplicate or make errors. One of the helpful features I found so relieving to have is the ability to link and download your bank statements into the program, you can easily access and work from your statements instead of looking at an old statement and waiting for the new one to come through to your post. In one simple word QuickBooks is fantastic!! I highly recommend it for all small to medium enterprises looking for a powerful and simple accounting solution”

Samia, Director, Life Design Group

 

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“With more and more features being uploaded, I have found that Google is an incredibly powerful tool for businesses! We started with bespoke mail but are now well acquainted with G-suite and Google Drive. Google Drive is set up in such a way that colleagues who have been granted access, can view all files no matter the location or device source. This works so seamlessly with the doc’s, sheets and slide applications. These applications also allow for real-time multi-user editing which has helped us work on many files collaboratively.

Another useful function is the Google Calendar. This application allowed us to plan our days ahead and allowed for access to one another’s work agenda. This helped us plan around one another’s schedule.

Lastly, Google has several apps that can be downloaded onto phones and tablets. This allows you to effortlessly keep track of business whilst away from the office. The apps are part of a massive open platform and can be linked with many other third-party apps. If you can implement these tools to work together they can be a powerful and very inexpensive way to help you connect and maximise productivity as a team.”

Jack, Technical Lead Life Design Group

 

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“As a young entrepreneur, I understand the importance of cost effective avenues, in short that’s the commonly asked question “what can I get for next to nothing, that will bring in the most revenue?”. Usually marketing your business effectively means investing cash, and lots of it, often leaving business owners wondering “where is our cheaper and more cost-effective break?”. However, thanks to social media, this is now no longer wishful thinking! Instead of throwing heaps of cash at advertising, building momentum through social media platforms eventually turns followers in to paying clients. Unfortunately, this is incredibly time consuming (evidence of this can be seen amongst teens across the world who are glued to their phones). However, I have found a simple useful platform to organise tweets and posts is Buffer. Buffer is a tried and tested established smarter way to share what you want to share on Social Media.

What it does is simple. Develop a strategy for the month with content focus and a creation then upload to Buffer in one go.

Posts in your queue will be sent out automatically by Buffer, according to the posting schedule that you put in place. This makes my life so much easier as I can help organise the post schedule for my clients in advance whilst helping to promote Life Design Group. A fantastic and simple facility for anyone with a social media presence, a business must!”

Kayleigh, Marketing, Life Design Group

 

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“The Adobe Suite is well integrated and allows for transfer across different programs for maximum compatibility.  Basic users with beginners experience with more intuitive Adobe software, such as Lightroom for photography can easily transfer these skills into other programs.  This makes learning new software much less intimidating, particularly when working towards deadlines.

I love the consistency throughout Adobe’s software; it makes it adaptable, easy and fun to use and helps encourage the creativity within me when working on a project.  Adobe’s video editing software, Premiere Pro, is perfect for video editing – with its simple format and handy shortcuts, getting to know it well makes any video editing easy to sail through.

This is closely linked with After Effects; a simple format yet with endless possibilities to enable the finest detail, and links closely to Illustrator, which we often use to create images and icons that can transfer seamlessly into After Effects.

In short, a great network of diversely different yet brilliantly consistent programs, which are very enjoyable to use.”

Dan and Isaac, Visual and Audio Leads Life Design Group