2016 is the year of growth. For many entrepreneurs and startup founders, that means investing in new tools that can boost productivity, improve processes, and drive more profits. The question is, where do you start?
We reached out to 26 influencers and asked them to share with us their favorite tools for 2016. We also asked them to describe what the tool is and/or why they like it.
You’ll notice that there are a few repeats throughout this list—rather than using the first mention of a tool and deleting all future references, we decided to keep all tools in, whether they had already been listed by someone else or not. To us, this is a great way to illustrate how popular a particular tool—like Intercom, for example—can be for people across a wide variety of industries.
In 2015, more people than ever before began leveraging the power of business intelligence and data to grow their businesses. With the rise of new, affordable, and easy-to-use tools, business owners began to dabble more with data. In addition to the introduction of new tools, more blog posts, case studies, and white papers on the subject of data science and business intelligence were published last year than ever before.
Have you ever wondered what makes a person capable of being successful in business? You can probably think of lot of factors that impact a person’s ability to succeed: their network, their personal motivation, their wealth, their experience, their upbringing, their ideas, their ability to execute and lead others—the list goes on and on. The fact is, there’s really no secret equation that will guarantee success in life or in business. It varies from person to person. There is, however, one thing that every successful entrepreneur and business person does each and every day of their life in an effort to build a successful career.
If you’re a business owner and you’re looking to boost growth in the final months of the year and into 2016, one of the best tactics you can implement is to create and share more maps. If you’re like a lot of other business owners, you may not be creating maps for one of the following reasons:
You have no experience creating maps and the thought of doing so is a bit intimidating
You can’t think of any mapping opportunities that exist for your business
You’d like to create maps, but you don’t think you have the time needed to do it
If you think you have to enroll in night classes at a community college or take an advanced MBA degree to improve your business knowledge, think again. While entrepreneurship and business classes are widely available at almost any school, many of them don’t teach you what you actually need to know. And it’s not surprising – the teachers at many of these institutions have been in the classroom for decades and understand theory more than practice.