Seven digital tools every small-business owner needs in a post-COVID-19 economy

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As businesses start to emerge from the clasp of the global pandemic, it can be a difficult transition “back to normal”.

Whether this transition occurs at the end of 2020 or at the start of 2021, businesses are now on the lookout for the digital tools that will help arm them in a post-COVID-19 world.

After a year of working completely remote, here are some of the best digital tools we’ve used to run, and grow, our business online during the pandemic.

1. Clipchamp 

Need help with your social media strategy but have very limited funds to employ a full-time social media manager? Clipchamp can help businesses to harness the power of video in its many forms, all in one convenient and affordable place.

Whether that is creating content for your company’s Instagram, TikTok or Facebook page, to launching that video podcast you were thinking about pre-pandemic, users can do all of this via its video editor tool. The basic tier allows unlimited video exports and is free.

2. GoCardless 

Recurring payments platform GoCardless has seen success in helping businesses of all sizes accept direct debit payments as an alternative to credit card payments or invoices. 

GoCardless payments are drawn directly from debit accounts (rather than using cards) for recurring payments like streaming subscription services, memberships and bills, which is the safest payment method for both merchants and customers.

3. Nitro 

Do you still believe that wet signatures are the only way to authenticate documents?

Global document productivity company Nitro recently announced the launch of its latest offering, Nitro Sign, a standalone electronic signature solution that allows anyone to get documents signed smarter, faster, and more securely, on any device – without the need for paper, pen or printers.

4. Employment Hero

Being an employer comes with tremendous responsibility, especially following the COVID-19 crisis as financial stress, health concerns and uncertainty plague our workforces.

People management platform Employment Hero is a complete payroll, people and benefits solution for small to medium-sized businesses. The core platform offers an automated solution to help manage performance and reduce admin time by up to 80 per cent.

In response to the remote-work revolution spurred on by the global pandemic, Employment Hero also created Global Teams, a Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) service tailored to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) employ remote-workers internationally. 

5. Speedlancer 

If you need an extra pair of hands to get important tasks or projects completed while your team is on the lean side, you should consider hiring a freelancer through Speedlancer.

Launched by Forbes 30 Under 30 serial entrepreneur Adam Stone, Speedlancer is the first freelancing platform to harness the power of the crowd for speed.

In three easy steps, business owners are able to get much-needed support from experienced freelancers who know how to simply get the job done.

6. DebtForce 

Late payments and bad debts are two of the biggest cash flow killers for SMEs, and the latest research by Illion shows they are on the rise. 

DebtForce is an AI-powered debt recovery platform helping businesses ease the financial burden of bad debts. DebtForce empowers small business owners to take control of their finances by simplifying and speeding up the debt recovery process.

The platform enables creditors to lodge and track outstanding debts, and offers debtors flexible payment options to ensure high rates of recovery.

7. Hassl

It can often be difficult to keep your team organised, motivated and productive in the workplace, especially after the turbulent year that’s been.

Hassl’s all-in-one project management and collaboration tool streamlines everyday workflows and reduces time spent writing and replying to emails, messaging colleagues and completing to-do lists. 

Hassl allows teams to set up tasks to collaborate on and holds staff accountable via time-tracking, which lets users see how far along their colleagues are in completing their part of a project. 

Felicia Coco, Co-Founder, LaunchLink Communications