Ready for a harsh truth?

No matter how good you are at your job, you and your team are going to have tough days sometimes.

That’s just the way businesses work.

But don’t worry – I’ve got some good news for you too:

Regardless of the problem you’re facing at work, chances are, there’s a tool available to help you fix it.

Interested in learning about a few of those tools?

If so, keep reading. Today, I’m going to go over 3 business tools that help me stay on task, get things done, and work productively. That way, you can start using them to improve your marketing department.

Business tool #1: Slack

Did you know data shows that 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration as a reason for workplace failures?

It’s easy to understand why – a team needs to be able to communicate and work together to get things done.

But it’s also easy to understand why so many teams fail to communicate effectively. If you use multiple tools to communicate within your marketing department, you know that collaboration can feel a bit overwhelming. On top of emails, you might have a Dropbox account, a Skype chat account, and other accounts that you need to check every day.

Slack solves that problem because it gives you and your co-workers one collaboration method and eliminates the need for you to use tons of tools to do your job.

slack

It’s a chat app that allows you to share files, create custom chat rooms (by project, department, etc.), and more. On top of that, it works with popular apps like Google Drive and Dropbox.

If you have a small team, you can work with the free version of Slack. If you have a large team or want more features like group calls, 24/7 support, and custom retention policies, try one of the paid versions.

Business tool #2: Hemingway App

Readers understand and retain your marketing messages more when you write at a 7th grade reading level. And if you work in content marketing, you probably already knew that.

But what are you doing to make sure all of your writers are creating easy-to-read content?

If your answer is “nothing,” think about incorporating Hemingway App into your work day. It’s a helpful writing app that shows you the reading level of your content. All you do is paste your content into the app, and you get immediate feedback.

hemingway

Not only does it show the reading level – it also shows you which sentences are hard to read so you can work on simplifying your content.

You can use the app within your browser or download the desktop version, and best of all, it’s free!

Business tool #3: Toggl

Have you ever looked up at the clock in the afternoon and wondered where your day went?

It’s easy to get sidetracked by small tasks and distractions throughout the day, but the Toggl app can help by letting you know exactly how you’re spending your work day.

All you need to do to use the app is switch it on, and it immediately begins tracking your actions. Once you’re done using the app, you can look at graphs within the app that show how you spent your time.

toggl

If you forget to turn Toggl on, you can always go back and enter the details of your day later.

Pretty cool, right?

The app is free, but if you want extra features like invoice generation and billable hour tracking, you can buy the paid version (Toggl Pro) for $5/user.

Now, you might be thinking:

I’m facing a problem at work that that can’t be solved with any of the 3 apps mentioned above. What should I do?

Simple: get online, and start researching apps you can use to solve your problem.

I’d bet you’ll be able to find a business tool that can help you and your team in no time.