Weave team member, Jamie C. was invited to participate in a panel for San Francisco Small Business Week. SF Small Business Week is a partnership formed to honor and support the more than 85,000 thousand small businesses and entrepreneurs that call San Francisco home.
About the Workshop…
The cloud has transformed the way businesses operate, big and small, and mobile technology is now creating new growth opportunities for small businesses around the world. Just as personal computers revolutionized accounting and financial accounting processes over the past two decades, mobile technology now creates big opportunities for all types of businesses. During this workshop we discussed best practices on how to maximize opportunities with these new technologies…
Adam Wegener of Tash Amps – Trash Amps turns soda cans into portable speakers for your mp3 player.
Sadie Scheffer, founder of Bread SRSLY bakes breads using whole grain, certified gluten free flours, local and organic produce, herbs and home-dried fruits. Sadie was a recent recipient of the Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong “wish grant”!
Jamie Chan of Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco – Producing Bay Area art and craft festivals since 2006.
Each of us had a story to tell about we started our small business. All of us found challenges in managing our business outside the office. From delivering bread on bike, selling Trash Amps at street fairs or working with employees across the country, we all had to find mobile and cloud based solutions for running our businesses.
The conversation focused on there main aspects of business operations:
- Social Media & Customer Touchpoints – Which ones to use and how to mange them?
- Finances & Inventory – How to manage your products/services
- Productivity – Keeping on track, meeting deadlines and maintaining accountability
Lots of wonderful solutions came out from both panelists and the audience. Some notable mentions:
Social Media & Customer Touchpoints
Pinterest – “Collect and Organize Things You Love” A way to visually organize and share content and products. Create visual boards for your web clippings. You can have both private and public boards. *FREE*
Buffer – With this app you can easily add great articles, pictures and videos to your Buffer and they share them for you through the day on various social media platforms (FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc…) *FREE*
CrushPath – Bring your elevator pitch to life with a simple, customizable, visually appealing page you can send and share privately or publicly.
Finances & Inventory
GoPayment – Take credit card payments for your business through your smartphone.
Stitch Labs – This service allows you to manage inventory, orders, expenses, contacts, and statistics across various selling platforms, all in one place!
Mint – Financial management of multiple accounts all in one place. *FREE*
Light Mail – Easily merge multiple e-mail accounts and see ALL attachments at a glance
Weave – An app that enables you to manage projects, tasks and finances all in one place. Sharing with collaborators and sync-ing with social media and personal calendars.
Cloud Based Document Sharing and Storage
ZoHo – offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity and offering easy collaboration
Evernote – Store clippings from the web, documents, images, text and more…all in one place!
Gimme Bar – Take web clippings, and organize with hashtags, and share. *FREE*
Google Drive – Hosting a full suite of office software, document storage and sharing tools. Get going with 5GB of storage. Free.
Find more stories and tips on Intuit Small Business Blog.