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The 53 Best Cloud-Based Tools Every Small Business Needs Today

Running a small business is hard. Don’t make it more challenging by using outdated tools, techniques, and technologies. Here are 53 sanity-preserving cloud-based tools to help you stay focused on what you do best.

The right tools can make a significant difference when you’re running a small business. If you’re still using excel spreadsheets, pdfs, word documents, or worse – pen, paper, filing cabinets, and printers, you’re missing out.

But with so many options for the latest greatest cloud-based tools for productivity, business operations, human resources, and more, it can be challenging to find what’s best for you.

Man Smiling in front of a laptopYou need the right combination of cloud-based tools to earn the maximum benefit from today’s small business technology.

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Small business tools and software can help your business be more efficient. And efficiency can help your business earn more dollars.

Cloud-based tools help you collaborate, distribute information, and manage people and processes in real-time securely – no matter where you or your teams do their work.

What are the benefits of using cloud-based software and tools?
It takes a village to run a productive and successful small business. And as our virtual workplaces continue to improve and evolve, small business-specific software and tools can help you scale and see faster positive outcomes by keeping you and your teams happy, productive, organized, and in sync.

There are five primary small business tools and software categories:

    • Communication and Collaboration
      Cloud-based software for communication and collaboration can improve teamwork and productivity from any location on nearly any device. The tools help your employees improve their communication skills and habits and promote a healthy culture that prioritizes collaboration and engagement. And in an era when employee engagement is down and turnover us up, anything you can do to keep employees happy, loyal, and productive is a win.
    • Productivity
      Cloud-based tools for productivity help you and your workers stay organized and efficient. Organized, efficient, and productive employees are satisfied and engaged, and, most importantly, they stick around.
    • Marketing
      Cloud-based marketing software can turn every small business leader into an expert marketer. Today’s marketing software can put your business in front of the right people, in the right places, and at the right time, filling your sales pipeline with qualified leads.
    • Accounting
      Accounting software keeps your finances on-track and the money flowing without burying you in spreadsheets, payroll, and forecasts.
    • Human Resources and Operations
      Managing people and operations is difficult for time-strapped small business leaders. HR and Operations-specific cloud-based tools can help keep employees happy and engaged and gives them a self-directed environment to manage their schedules, benefits, and payroll, so you don’t’ have to.

Here are our picks for the 53 best cloud-based tools for your small business.


Cloud-Based Collaboration and Communication Tools and Software

  1. Slack: Slack is a messaging platform for workplaces and teams. The cloud-based collaboration software can be used across devices and platforms and comes with features allowing users to chat one-on-one or in groups. Slack also includes video collaboration so your employees can meet face-to-face.
  2. Webex Teams: Webex Teams keeps your people connected through file sharing, messaging, whiteboarding, and video and voice calling. It’s a collaboration tool robust enough for enterprise organizations but also perfect for small businesses.
  3. GSuite: GSuite is Google’s collection of cloud-based applications designed specifically for businesses like yours. GSuite lets you access Gmail on your domain and includes 30 gigabytes of storage for each user, making collaboration easy.
  4. Zoom: Zoom is a cloud-based video collaboration tool that rose to stardom during the pandemic. Users can collaborate on video in real-time and share and annotate each other’s screens. We also like to use Zoom for live and recorded webinars.
  5. Jira from Atlassian: Jira is a cloud-based project management tool from the Australian software development company Atlassian. Atlassian initially designed the platform to help developers track software bugs and issues, but it’s evolved into a product family to help teams work together more efficiently.
  6. Microsoft Teams: Teams is Microsoft’s chat-based collaboration tool. Like Webex Teams, it allows users to share documents and files, conduct virtual meetings, and with additional licensing, Teams can completely replace your existing phone system.

    Cloud-Based Productivity Tools and Software

  7. Evernote: Evernote is an easy-to-use project management application designed for efficient note-taking, archiving, and task management. It lets you create, collect, and organize different media files, storing everything in the cloud instead of on your desktop. We love using Evernote to capture notes and ideas when inspiration strikes.
  8. Smartsheet: Smartsheet is a SaaS platform designed for small business work management and collaboration. It lets you assign tasks, track project progress, share documents, manage calendars, and more.
  9. Mavenlink: Mavenlink is an award-winning resource and project management software that helps your small business be more agile and helps you quickly and easily manage resources and projects, with business insights that help you make smarter decisions.
  10. Monday: Some people call Monday the Swiss Army knife of project management tools. Monday lets you efficiently organize and manage projects and tasks, but that’s not all it does. The cloud-based tool can also be used as your CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) and includes easily customizable templates. We love Monday’s calendar integrations that give us daily reminders to help us always stay on track.
  11. Asana: Asana, like Monday, is a cloud-based SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) project management tool designed to help keep teams organized and collaborating efficiently. It lets you create and assign tasks to specific team members, establish deadlines, and collaborate with in-platform chats and messaging.
  12. Trello: Trello is another project management and collaboration tool that lets you organize projects into boards and helps you see what’s being worked on, which team members are working on each project, and how close projects are to completion. Imagine taking your whiteboard covered in post-its and transferring it to an easy-to-use digital space – that’s Trello.
  13. Google Drive: Google Drive is Google’s cloud-based storage solution. Drive allows you to save files and documents online so you can access them from any place on any device. It also allows you to share documents with people inside or outside your organization quickly.
  14. Dropbox: Dropbox is a cloud-based file sharing service used by both small businesses and enterprise organizations. With Dropbox, you and your employees can save files online and sync them to all your devices. According to Dropbox, the tool helps you “reduce busywork so you can focus on the things that matter.”
  15. Grammarly: Most people aren’t grammar, spelling, and writing experts. But with Grammarly, a cloud-based spell check and grammar tool on steroids, you’ll never have to worry about sending a professional email with typos or grammatical or spelling errors again. Grammarly even has a Google Chrome extension to edit as you write in Google docs (we used it while writing this blog).
  16. Front: Front is a customer communication platform combining applications, emails, and teams in one place. The tool includes features that allow you to automate workflows and customer touchpoints and a universal inbox to see people, apps, and emails in a single view. It also includes easy-to-build email templates and helps your people collaborate better so they can help your customers faster.
  17. Flock: Most small businesses suffer from having their communications spread across ad hoc messages, emails, and other tools. Flock lets you bring people together to collaborate, assign and track tasks, and discuss ideas in one place. It takes the best aspects of the collaboration-specific tools on our list and combines them with project management software capabilities like Asana and Monday, but in one place.
  18. Todoist: Todoist lets you plan, organize, and collaborate with employees on projects of every size. You can use Todoist to organize your day, manage tasks, schedule reminders, track goals and habits, and quickly add new projects.

    Cloud-Based Marketing Tools and Software

  19. Hubspot: HubSpot is an all-encompassing cloud-based marketing platform and CRM that allows you to build automated workflows, track and create email and social media campaigns, automate social media publishing, and even build websites and landing pages. HubSpot gives small businesses the tools they need to market like a pro, and their support and learning center is second to none.
  20. Marketo: Marketo helps you market your small business with lead management, consumer marketing, email marketing tools, and more. The software works across multiple digital channels to automate marketing campaigns, and sales lead generation for B2C and B2B small businesses. We love that Marketo lets us gather data about website visitors like pages viewed, time spent on each page, and each customer visit’s date and time.
  21. Zoho: Zoho is a powerful CRM that acts as a single repository for your marketing, sales, and customer support activities. It’s an excellent tool to streamline your policies, processes, and people in one platform.
  22. Buffer: Buffer is a cloud-based application for web and mobile that allows you to manage your business social media accounts easily. With Buffer, you can schedule and publish posts from your desktop or phone and analyze metrics to improve social media engagement and reach.
  23. Sprout Social: Sprout Social is a social media publishing platform that makes it easy to find, manage, schedule, and monitor all of your business social media accounts and campaigns. It also has powerful social listening tools that you can use to monitor competitors and see what’s being said about your business and businesses like yours online. Sprout helps your business build and grow stronger social media relationships.
  24. Hootsuite: Hootsuite is a cloud-based social media management tool that offers a free version that’s good enough for most small businesses. Publish social media posts like a pro and watch your audience grow.
  25. Mailchimp: Mailchimp gives your small business everything it needs to build, execute, and manage sophisticated email marketing campaigns. Mailchimp also provides data and analytics so you can monitor email campaign performance and make changes as needed.
  26. Canva: Canva is an easy-to-use graphic design tool that allows small business owners to create custom graphics for websites, social media, infographics, and more. Here’s the best part, Canva is free.
  27. FunctionFox: FunctionFox is a web-based project management and timesheet application for creatives and small business marketers. It includes easy-to-use estimates and timesheets, progress and time reports, task management, scheduling, calendars, and more.
  28. Shutterstock: Most small businesses don’t have photographers on staff to feed them new images for marketing. But with Shutterstock, that’s no problem. Shutterstock lets you choose from millions of images, and with multiple packages and price points, you can get all the stock photos you need without breaking the bank.
  29. Hashtagify: If you want your small business to succeed on social media, you need to use hashtags that have the right impact. Hashtagify allows you to search and compare relevant hashtags, so your social media marketing is always on-point.

    Cloud-Based Accounting Tools and Software

    If you’re considering cloud-based accounting tools, we’d love for you to consider Team 80 to handle your accounting needs. Not only do you get a Colorado based accountant to help keep your books in order and review your outlook, but some of the tools below are included with our services at no additional fee. Contact us today for your free assessment to find out if Team 80 can save you time and money.

  30. Xero: Xero is one of the tools we include for our clients with our Team 80 services and earns our strongest endorsement. Many small business owners are love Xero for its data import, reconciliation features, sales and purchase transactions, and project tracking. It’s also easy to set-up and use, which is always attractive to small business leaders. Like all others on our list, the software lives in the cloud, so it’s accessible from any location at any time, from almost any device. Included for free with Team 80’s services.
  31. QuickBooks: Intuit Quickbooks is one of the most popular online accounting tools for small businesses. Its depth, extensibility, flexibility, and simple functionality makes accounting easy for time-strapped small business owners and leaders.
  32. Plooto: Plooto gives small business owners an affordable cloud-based tool that makes managing accounts payable and accounts receivable streamlined and efficient. Plooto provides end-to-end AP and AR automation, and their secure electronic payments and smart approval workflows expedite your accounts payable process.
  33. FreshBooks: FreshBooks is a well-rounded and intuitive double-entry accounting experience that supports estimates and invoices, as well as expenses, time management, and projects.
  34. Wave: Wave is a free cloud-based accounting tool that’s excellent for small businesses like yours. Wave features reconciliation tools, cash basis reporting, tools for banking, payroll, and more.
  35. Sage50Cloud: Sage50Cloud is a small business-specific desktop accounting software that brings together financial tools with comprehensive customization options. Its integration with Microsoft 365 sets Sage50Cloud apart from its competitors. Here’s the downside, Sage50Cloud is only available for Windows machines.
  36. Zoho Books: Zoho Books is an excellent choice for small business leaders and founders on the hunt for cloud-based accounting software. The platform has an exceptional user experience, a rich toolset, and Zoho Books is reasonably priced.
  37. GoDaddy Bookkeeping: GoDaddy Bookkeeping has a direct Amazon, Paypal, eBay, and Etsy integration, so it’s excellent for small business entrepreneurs. It’s inexpensive, has a decent dashboard and invoicing tools, and calculates quarterly tax estimates.
  38. Sunrise: Sunrise is cloud-based small business accounting software that includes double-entry accounting, an excellent dashboard and user experience, decent sales form handling, Gusto and Zapier integrations, sales tax rulesets and a transaction timeline.
  39. Kashoo: Kashoo is the last on our list of cloud-based accounting tools and software, but that doesn’t mean it’s less useful than the preceding platforms. Kashoo has a clean and straightforward user interface (UI), excellent income and expense management capabilities, free email, phone, and chat support, and the platform integrates with SurePayroll. Kashoo simplifies small business accounting.

    Cloud-Based Human Resources and Operations Tools and Software

  40. SentricHR: Small business leaders and founders are often mired in manual HR processes, spreadsheets, and paper. SentricHR’s excellent user interface and customizable dashboards make managing people and payroll easy and allow your HR department to go completely paperless. The cloud-based HR software offers core HRIS (Human Resources Information Systems) features, like benefits administration, hiring and onboarding, payroll, time and attendance, expense management, and more.
  41. Gusto: Gusto offers similar features to SentricHR but at a lower price point. It’s easy and straightforward with a clean user interface and includes payroll processing, benefits administration, employee hiring and onboarding, time and attendance, and more. Included with Team 80’s services.
  42. Paylocity: Paylocity provides cloud-based payroll services and HR software for small businesses like yours. Paylocity includes core HRIS features as well as tools for employee recruiting.
  43. Zenefits: Zenefits is a people operations management platform in the cloud and offers all the Human Resources tools your business needs to stay compliant. The software provides an excellent user experience and dashboards, along with tools for hiring, onboarding, payroll processing, benefits administration, and more.
  44. Bamboo HR: Bamboo HR is an HRIS designed with small businesses like yours in mind. The intuitive and easy-to-use platform makes managing people and staying compliant easy so that you can focus on your business.
  45. Namely: Namely is another cloud-based HRIS that offers similar features to the others on our list: benefits administration, payroll, time and attendance, employee onboarding, talent management, and more.
  46. Netsuite: Netsuite is a cloud-based software that makes it easy for small business founders and leaders to manage essential business operations from a single platform. Netsuite has CRM, ERP, and even eCommerce tools, making it valuable for small to medium-sized businesses.
  47. Zendesk: Zendesk is a cloud-based support ticketing platform that helps you efficiently track and solve customer support tickets. Zendesk helps small businesses like yours improve customer relationships and experiences with responsive and personalized support across every channel.
  48. DocuSign: DocuSign is a cloud-based software that allows small businesses to securely sign and approve documents digitally, from any location on practically any device. DocuSign is an essential tool if your small business runs on agreements and contracts.
  49. HelloSign: HelloSign is a tool in the cloud that allows you to request and add legally binding signatures to any document electronically.
  50. 15Five: 15Five is a cloud-based performance management software that helps you uncover employee pain points so you can make better decisions and drive sustainable growth. The tool gives you visibility into managers’ practices and helps them become better leaders through improved emotional intelligence (EQ).
  51. LinkedIn Recruiter: You need to recruit and retain top talent to beat out your competitors. As the number one professional networking social media platform, LinkedIn has access to a global talent pool. LinkedIn Recruiter is their talent search tool that helps you find and engage your small business’s best people.
  52. AngelList: AngelList is a powerful recruiting tool for small businesses and startups and an angel investment platform. More than 30,000 of the world’s most successful startups built their teams with help from AngelList.
  53. Help Scout: Help Scout is a customer service support tool in the cloud designed to support and convert small business customers. The software provides multi-channel support and includes chat and email, with self-service tools for activity and data to ensure an excellent customer experience.

 

Stop wasting time managing the little details that keep you from doing what you do best. Level-up in 2021; get in touch today to learn more.

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Jim Casart is CEO and founder Team 80 in Colorado where he is able to apply his 45 plus years of experience in accounting to lead his team. He is passionate about turning good ideas into successful businesses.


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The Ten Best Blogs for Founders, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders

A list of our ten favorite inspiring and useful blogs for small business founders, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Small business leaders and founders (like you) often write encouraging and insightful blogs. They’ve struggled through your same challenges and expertly articulate their journey to success – or failure.

Most are hyper-transparent, even going as far as revealing financials for readers to critique. And for small business founders and leaders, reading their words can be a bottomless well of tips, lessons, and inspiration.

Our collection features ten of Team 80’s favorite business and entrepreneurial blogs. They’re our go-to’s for Monday mornings when we’re settling into a busy week and need motivation. Each blog offers a different perspective on business and entrepreneurship – together, the collection is a library of business wisdom.

Here are our ten favorite blogs for small business founders and leaders.

  1. Seth Godin
    Seth Godin is a best-selling author. He’s been called “the ultimate entrepreneur for the Information Age,” and his blog reflects his specialties: business ideas, philosophies, and small business marketing tips with a focus on mindset. His words make us think, and with more than 7,000 posts, there’s a lot to absorb.
  2. Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki is Canva’s, Chief Evangelist. He sharpened his marketing knife working on Apple’s Macintosh line in the early 1980s, and shares his knowledge on his popular blog. His marketing, social media, startup, and business insights are useful for every small business leader and founder.
  3. The Grasshopper Blog
    The Grasshopper Blog publishes articles that include actionable marketing tips for startups and small businesses. It’s inspiring and insightful content for founders and C-Suite execs and our source for blogs like “6 Tips to Help a Struggling Small Business Stay Afloat.
  4. Side Hustle Nation
    Well-known entrepreneur Nick Loper’s blog, Side Hustle Nation, accompanies his popular podcast, The Side Hustle Show, and offers tips for entrepreneurs trying to run a successful side-hustle without impacting their day jobs. Even if you’re not looking for a side hustle, his blogs provide fresh and inspiring ideas.
  5. Harvard Business Review
    Harvard Business Review features articles authored by founders and leaders on a range of topics like innovation, strategy, and business leadership. It’s intellectually stimulating content to wake your sleepy Monday morning brain.
  6. Small Biz Survival
    Small Biz Survival is an excellent resource for small business owners. The site’s content is intended for small town and rural businesses, but you can apply its insights and information to any small business.
  7. Startup Savant
    Startup Savant is our go-to for down-to-earth business advice and information. The content-packed site features articles covering five areas: compliance, planning, finances, branding, and formation.
  8. Women on Business
    Women on Business from Susan Gunelius, the President and CEO of Keysplash Creative, is an excellent resource for information and news explicitly designed to help more women build and oversee successful businesses.
  9. Under 30 CEO
    Under 30 CEO targets a younger demographic, but that doesn’t mean the blogs aren’t appropriate for business owners of every age. We appreciate the youthful slant; it’s refreshing.
  10. Quick Sprout
    Quick Sprout is the blog of well-known marketer Neil Patel. Patel, a trusted name in business and marketing, shares tactics and insights on marketing, lead generation, and social media. We’re fans of articles on his site like The Best Phone Service for Small Businesses.

There are many useful blogs for small business founders and leaders, but the ten featured here are our team’s personal favorites.

Do you have a list of favorite business blogs? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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Jim Casart is CEO and founder Team 80 in Colorado where he is able to apply his 45 plus years of experience in accounting to lead his team. He is passionate about turning good ideas into successful businesses.


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12 Useful Tips When Starting Your Own Successful Business

If you are in the process of starting a small business, chances are you are in need of some highly effective advice and tips.

You are discovering there is more to owning/running a business than simply opening the doors and building a website.

When it comes to starting an enterprise, you need good management. You may already be pretty good at that. But your business also needs leadership. That means spending some time in the future.

Let’s look at the process of envisioning a great company and beginning to behave like one from the very earliest stages. (Good advice from Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM.)

At Team 80, we understand it can be daunting when it comes to starting your own successful, smoothly working business. Here are twelve things successful businesses do:

Tips For Starting A Successful Business

 

  1. Have a Detailed Vision in Sight: This is the first tip as it will be the very foundation that your business is built on. Envision your fully operational company five years into the future (including an exit event.) Choose a Core Purpose and the Core Values that will define your organization and let this vivid vision guide you on your journey.
  2. Write Out an Execution Plan for This Vision: This will be the outline for your entire business. Consider this execution plan for achieving your 5-year vision to be your how-to-manual for your business. It is the tool that you will use to review your milestones, budgets, tasks, and your 3-year, 1-year, and quarterly goals. Make it quantitative: what will sales be, gross margins, headcount?
  3. Choose The Right Legal Structure: A legal structure well attuned to your planned day-to-day operations (including exit) will impact everything from your taxes to your reporting obligations to your personal liabilities. You will choose between being a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, S corporation, or Limited Liability Company. Most small businesses will opt for an LLC, possibly accompanied by an election to be taxed as an S corporation.
  4. Create a Functional Organization Chart: An organizational chart designed around your finished business can help visualize the flow of leadership from ideas all the way through to delivering your product or service to your customers. This is a functional organization chart. That means you don’t initially drop names into the boxes, but, instead, use a shorthand description of what needs to happen within the boxes. Lately, we’ve been recommending adding a separate box labeled “The Future”, to encourage businesses to remember everything changes and to build in the continuous adaptation process needed for sustained success.
  5. Detail The Functions of Each Position: For each of the boxes you created for your functional organization chart, create a Position Agreement which describes what needs to happen within that box, including what outcomes are produced. List up to 5 major roles for each function. Describe how the function supports the Core Purpose of the business and which other functions it supports or relies on for support of its own activities.
  6. Devise a Hiring Plan: Once you have assessed your specific needs using a functional organization chart and Position Agreements, you will need to create a step-by-step hiring process for identifying and attracting the right people. You are looking for 3 specific traits in each position: (1) people who clearly understand the job, (2) people who are passionate about doing the job (share the Core Purpose and Values), and (3) people with the capabilities needed for the job.
  7. Create an Active External Advisory Board: Let’s face it, you are going to be very busy working “in” your business. Setting up an advisory board that meets quarterly helps ensure you set aside some time for working “on” your business. Having advisors who are from outside your business keeps you in touch with the world where your customers and competitors live. A good advisory board is not a place to get your questions answered: its where you go to get your answers questioned.
  8. Develop a Target Market Analysis: A written out analysis of your target market will help your company allocate funds effectively as well as help identify the audience that will most likely use your product or services. Create a marketing persona that embodies your customer or audience. What emotions do you want to stir in your customers? What pain are you addressing? What is your unique selling proposition (USP)?
  9. Create a Marketing Plan to Address Your Marketing Target: Now that you have identified who your audience is, it is time to develop a written plan for penetrating your target market. Find the channels and mediums where your audience is, and create useful, relevant, attention-grabbing content/advertisements that are geared specifically towards them.
  10. Establish Process for Business Activities: Well thought out business processes will make it easy for your employees to understand and identify day-to-day business activities from making coffee to customer fulfillment. If it is not in writing, it does not exist. Good systems lead to great businesses. Use some of the time your systems save to continually improve your systems, Spend the rest of the time with your customers (or family).
  11. Set an Annual Operating Budget: Take the Quantitative Execution Plan you developed early in your planning and before the start of each year, create a budget that represents that year’s annual slice of your execution plan. Don’t just take the current year results and project them into the following year. Make your budget strategic by having it reflect the “big rocks” in your plan to improve your results. What will you stop doing next year? What will you start doing? What will you do more of? If you have more than 3-5 big rock initiatives, they aren’t big rocks.
  12. Lead Your People/Manage Your Business: It is a reality of business that there is never enough time. You must make time to pause often and think of two things:
    What can I do to help my people?
    How are my numbers?
    We know that sounds a bit unusual. But good business leaders know how to inspire their teams, while at the same time holding themselves and their teams accountable for results. Know your key performance indicators (KPI’s) and make sure your team knows them as well.
    12.5. (Bakers Dozen?) DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!

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Jim Casart is CEO and founder Team 80 in Colorado where he is able to apply his 45 plus years of experience in accounting to lead his team. He is passionate about turning good ideas into successful businesses.


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21 Essential Books For Small Business Leaders

Broader Views of Intelligence

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman

Business Leadership

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni
  2. Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators – Patrick Lencioni
  3. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization – Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright
  4. Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor – Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O’Toole

Business Basics

  1. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Gerber
  2. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business – Gino Wickman (to be read after The E-Myth)
  3. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) – Verne Harnish (to be read after Traction)

Business Tools

  1. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition – Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Laura Roppe

Disruptive Thinking

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss

Happiness

  1. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work – Shawn Achor

Happy Workplaces

  1. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose – Tony Hsieh

Inspired Businesses

  1. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Good to Great) – Jim Collins
  2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collins

Life Planning

  1. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life – Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

Making Decisions

  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Marketing Basics

  1. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Personal Growth

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Steven R. Covey

Personal Integrity

  1. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz

Product Launch

  1. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers – Geoffrey A. Moore

What Motivates People

  1. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink

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Jim Casart

CEO / Founder at Team 80 LLC

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Jim Casart is CEO and founder Team 80 in Colorado where he is able to apply his 45 plus years of experience in accounting to lead his team. He is passionate about turning good ideas into successful businesses.