Business Tools

Communication Tools:

InstantTeleseminar allows you to provide teleconferencing and webcasting. There are also replay options. It is a great tool for capturing instructions for your intern.

Magic Jack is a device that gives anyone with high speed internet free phone service and a free phone number with unlimited local and long distance calling. They have a free trial period and then there is an annual fee. They also provide a free conferencing service that you may want to utilize if you have several interns working for you.

Skype is something that your intern might already have. Skype-to-Skype calls are free, and for $2/month you can make unlimited long distance calls. Also note that Skype is an effective tool for business owners because you can do screen sharing, instant messaging and video calls.

Project Management Tools:

  1. Google docs- Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer. (FREE).
  2. Basecamp – Trusted by millions, Basecamp is the leading web-based project collaboration tool. Share files, meet deadlines, assign tasks, centralize feedback, make clients smile. (NOTE: This entire course and product was developed and built using Basecamp).
  3. Freshbooks – This is a ticketing system that can also be used for invoicing. This is particularly helpful if the intern is paid or you want to track hours on a specific project. We also used Freshbooks when building this course and continue to use it to manage our business every day.
  4. Central Desktop- Central Desktop’s Social Technology Platform provides a complete SaaS solution for businesses to collaborate, manage projects and connect their people.
  1. ActiveCollab- A project management and collaboration tool that you can set up on your own server or local network. Work with your team, clients and contractors in an easy to use environment, while keeping full control over your data.
  2. 37Signals- Manage Projects and Collaborate with Your Team and Clients. Share files, meet deadlines, assign tasks and centralize feedback.
  3. Smartsheet- Track projects, sales pipelines, or any other type of work with an online collaboration tool.

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