7 Innovative Sites to Help You Crush It in Business

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I love shopping.  Not for clothes, handbags, makeup, shoes or jewelry, but for products that make me more efficient.  Don’t get me wrong.  I appreciate a quality outfit.  However, nothing relieves my stress more than finding a tool that boosts my productivity.  Okay, maybe yoga and wine are also on my list for anxiety relief, but I’ll keep my focus on organizational tools for now.  After all, time is our most precious commodity.  If there’s a system or technique that will help me manage my work and avoid anxiety, I’m all over it.  In my never-ending search for the latest and greatest, I’ve found 7 innovative sites to help you crush it in business from this day forward.

  • Grammarly – I’m telling you, this tool saves my bacon.  I started using it when I wrote my first article and have been relying on it ever since.  The basic features are free, but I paid the nominal annual subscription rate for the upgraded version.  Grammarly checks for spelling and grammar errors as well as correct sentence structure in my blog posts, emails, social media messages, and Word documents.  I also use the browser extension when I surf the web.  This impressive platform can also be used for cover letters, term papers, business proposals and works within Microsoft Office.

  •  DialMyCalls.com – This business began in 1999 as one of the internet’s first wake-up call services and evolved into a mass online notification company with over 80,000 clients including Fortune 500 companies, schools, and government agencies.  With this service, you can send voice or text messages and emails to groups of customers, coworkers or family members.  You can send a 30-second message to up to 25 contacts once per week at no charge.  Beyond that, you can use a pay-as-you-go package or subscribe to the economical and unlimited monthly plan.  DialMyCalls is available on Android and iOS mobile devices.

  •  WorkFrom  – I recently started using this site because I was tired of working from the same old haunts I had been visiting for months.  I desperately needed a change of scenery and some better amenities.  If you are a remote worker and long for unique, new spaces with available wi-fi, then WorkFrom is for you.  After you create your free account, you’ll gain access to the listing of public and private spots that will allow you to get stuff done more efficiently.  Each location is rated by you and other Workfrom community members for high-speed internet connections, comfort, access to outlets, and other details important to digital nomads.  You can access the website or use the iOS or Android app.

  • TimeAndDate You don’t want to miss an important client call or phone meeting with a colleague rooted in another time zone.  I was recently attempting to schedule an interview with a podcaster who was located thousands of miles from me.  For some reason, it was difficult to correctly calculate the time difference and schedule a time that would work for me.  Fortunately, I managed the task, but the experience took longer than it should have.  I vowed to correct that problem and found TimeAndDate.  It’s free, but you will need to open an account to get access to most of the site’s offerings.  This powerful tool helps calculate more than the hours between time zones.  It boasts features that lookup international dialing codes, print and manage calendars, find worldwide weather forecasts, plan national and international meetings and more.  The app is available on iOS and Android devices.

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  • CamCard – This site and app are more than just a business card management system and scanner.  After you take a photo of a card, it auto-populates text fields and creates a contact for you to save and share with your email and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) programs.  CamCard can also export this information into Microsoft Office programs.  The technology is perfect for networking events, conferences, and client meetings as you can exchange e-cards with each other.  How eco-friendly can you get?  The stripped-down, free versions are available on Android and iOs as well as the paid, upgraded apps.

  • Gboard – This is an app rather than an actual website. As a new user of this third-party iPhone or Android keyboard, I appreciate that it’s increased my texting speed.  I’m probably the slowest smartphone keyboard user on planet Earth!  Gboard offers glide typing and built-in search.  This means you can be in the process of texting someone and look up an address or any other information you need and paste it in the conversation without opening your browser.  Just tap the Google button to search.  Easy as pie!  Use Slash Keyboard as an alternative if you are an avid Android user.

  •  TripIt – I used to equate travel with stress.  That was before I began utilizing this wonderful travel organizer. Now I can’t imagine booking a recreation or business junket without this handy tool.  TripIt consolidates the confirmations and emails from hotels, airlines, and car rental companies into a master itinerary on my phone or computer.  No more flipping between apps or emails!  If a flight is delayed, canceled or a gate number changes, I get a quick update that saves me time and aggravation.  The platform’s basic features are free to use, but you can upgrade to the annual plan or TripIt Pro that keeps track of reward program points, finds alternate flights with open seats, and shares itineraries with others. 

I hope you utilize this list of 7 innovative sites to help you crush it in business.  If you found these resources valuable, please share it with coworkers, family members, and friends and let me know which is your favorite tool and why.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. These are some wonderful sites and apps. I have actually used Grammarly, mostly for my initial editing of my writings.
    I might try some of these others, once I have to being my author tour.

    • Hi, William. Do check out a few of the other resources on the list. I love Grammarly. Perhaps WorkFrom.co and TripIt.com will help you while on your author tour. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey, Jennifer. Isn’t Grammarly awesome? I cannot believe how many mistakes it catches. Let me know what you think of the other resources if you get a chance to try them out. Thanks for commenting!

  2. You almost lost me and then you mentioned wine. Ha!
    I’m with you on things that help my efficiency. That’s something I can appreciate.
    I use Grammarly as well. Thanks for the other ideas!

    • Hi there, RoseMary. I use all of these resources (and wine) to make my business life a little less stressful. Stretching and meditation help too! Thanks for your input.

  3. “For some reason, it was difficult to correctly calculate the time [zone] difference…”

    Time zone differences can be confusing to navigate primarily because some locales observe daylight saving time and other locales don’t. In my not-so-humble opinion, the practice of switching the clocks back or forth twice a year is an abomination – everyone should be on either standard time or daylight saving time all year round – but I suppose that’s another post for another time, eh?

    BTW, I don’t own a smartphone, so your smartphone keyboard speed is by definition faster than mine is, if that makes you feel any better. 😉

    • Hi, Andrew. I guess I’m the second slowest smartphone keyboard user on planet Earth! As for time zones, I completely agree with you. I wish everybody was on standard or daylight saving time. Thanks for being a part of the conversation.

    • Hey there, Sabrina. I am also a big fan of Grammarly. Let me know what you think of the other resources when you get a chance. I always appreciate the feedback. Thanks for sharing the post too!

    • Hi, Leah. I definitely recommend WorkFrom. It keeps me sane. Well, sort of sane. Let me know what you think after you try it. Thanks for commenting. I love to hear from readers.

  4. Great list of sites. WorkFrom sounds very useful. And I think I need Slash Keyboard. I haven’t used TripIt yet, but will probably start using it later in the year.

    • Hi, Donna. WorkFrom is a very useful website and so is TripIt. Let me know what you think of these tools after you use them for a bit.

    • Hey, Janice. Thanks for the Stumble. WorkFrom is my favorite new tool. It seems to get me out of my routine and shake things up a little.

  5. Sharing but had to share here first that I had missed most of these except for grammarly.
    English literature nerd inside of me could not miss that site 🙂

    • Hey, Carla. Nice to hear from you. I use all these sites and love them. They are very useful tools. Grammarly is by far the most valuable for bloggers and freelance writers. Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

    • Howdy, Lois. Panera is fine, but it does get a little loud at meal time. WorkFrom is a great tool to find a quiet spot for when yu need to concentrate a little more. Thanks for your feedback.

    • Greetings, Karen. I highly recommend WorkFrom and TripIt. Check them out and let me know your review. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi, Haralee. I believe every business person needs Grammarly. It’s inexpensive and works amazingly well in all my programs. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi, Sushmita. I hope you get a chance to try a few of the other sites you are not currently using. Please let me know what you like and don’t like about them. I love the feedback!

    • Well thanks, Shirley. I appreciate your kind words. I hope you get a chance to check out a few of the other sites besides Grammarly. Although I have to say, it is by far my favorite.

    • Hey, Lacee. Both sites are fantastic resources. I highly suggest Grammarly if you are a blogger or freelance writer. Tripit is so amazingly helpful on vacations or business travel. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

  6. some really great options in this post. I can’t wait to start trying them out, especially CamCard and TimeAndDate. WorkFrom recently opened a location in our city and i’ve been looking forward to starting to use them as well

    • Hi, Bruce. Great to get your feedback on this list. WorkFrom is great, but so are all the others, IMHO. Thanks for sharing.

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