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Anti-Hustle Resources for Entrepreneurs

An entrepreneurial life can quickly become overwhelming when you try to juggle too many tasks at one time.

While “hustling” has become a way of life for some small business owners, the Anti-Hustle Movement puts a greater emphasis on the inner well-being and health of everyone in the workforce. Rather than overworking to the point of burnout, Anti-Hustle inspires entrepreneurs to achieve success by working smarter, not necessarily harder.

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Everyday we’re hustlin’.

Somewhere along the way, having a good work ethic became synonymous with entrepreneurial hustle—and now people are expected to burn the candle at both ends and neglect their personal life to reach the pinnacle of their chosen industry.

To be honest, that sounds more like a nightmare than the American Dream. 

We believe it’s time to wake up from that old way of thinking about the entrepreneurial lifestyle. But how does one break free from Hustle Culture? What tools and resources are available to entrepreneurs looking to change their everyday narrative? Also, what is Hustle Culture? 

In this blog, Team 80 answers those questions and more. 

What is Hustle Culture?

Hustle culture refers to the relentless pursuit of money and power. It’s a pursuit that includes working relentlessly and continuously, regardless of the toll it takes on one’s health and personal life. And while the phrase “hustle culture” makes it sound aspirational, another way to put it is “burnout culture.”

Some say the idea of “hustling” rose to prominence thanks to a 2006 song by rapper Rick Ross.

However, the smart money says that the Great Recession of 2008 and the fact that life has grown excessively expensive is to blame for the never-ending work cycle for entrepreneurs. Especially for Millennials and Generation Z, there’s a prevailing thought that one must work long hours and start a side business to weather the rough economic times.

Hustle culture describes the incessant need for entrepreneurs to keep up with an ever-accelerating world. In this culture, entrepreneurs work an insane number of hours, up to 60 hours per week. And when they’re not working, entrepreneurs spend their off time thinking about work. It’s unsustainable and not conducive to a healthy life!

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What is the Anti-Hustle Culture Movement?

The world slowed down considerably during the height of the pandemic in 2020. Not only did office workers clock out and go home for an extended period, many decided not to go back in a phenomenon known as the Great Resignation. That event brought with it a wave of Anti-Hustle Culture, a growing disquiet among workers railing against long hours, and an off-kilter work-life balance.

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And within that movement came an opportunity for innovative minds to let their entrepreneurial spirit shine. As a result, anti-Hustle groups were founded, giving other entrepreneurs the resources necessary to reclaim their life without sacrificing all of the benefits inherent in a healthy measure of work hustle. Within the last few years, Anti-Hustle Groups have popped up on Facebook—The Anti-Hustle Club and The Anti-Hustle Academy, for example—with the expressed purpose of giving entrepreneurs the resources they need to avoid the pitfalls of Hustle Culture.

These groups are populated by entrepreneurs doling out advice—nuggets of wisdom, including how to fund an entrepreneurial project, gather human capital, network, and gain the education necessary to arm oneself with knowledge.  Back To Top

 

Let’s take a look at some of their secrets here:

How to Get Funding for Your Entrepreneurial Idea

Every year, we all gripe about having to hand over our hard-earned money to the government in the form of taxes—but did you know that certain government agencies are holding funds that they have to give to small businesses by law?

That’s right. Federal agencies with research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $100 million are required to allocate a certain percentage of their funds. These funds, doled out in grants and other financial awards, are initiated through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA works with 11 specific government agencies, facilitating Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Netting funds via this process can be difficult, with plenty of hustle required, but once achieved, it releases you from the constant worry of disappearing cash.

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Government Agencies that Participate in SBIR/STTR

Innovative ideas that are also marketable run the gamut from environmentally-minded to defense-related. As such, the 11 federal agencies that participate in SBIR/STTR are just as varied as the innovative minds of entrepreneurs.

Here are the government departments that could fund your next big idea:

  1. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers grants to qualified small businesses supporting research related to scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture, particularly those that significantly benefit the public. 

  1. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) engages with businesses, communities, universities, and workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards. 

  1. Department of Defense 

The Department of Defense provides high-tech, small businesses with the opportunity to propose innovative research and development solutions in response to critical defense needs. 

  1. Department of Education

The Department of Education (ED) funds for-profit technology firms to research, develop, and evaluate commercially viable education technology products. 

  1. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) selects topics spanning the fields of energy production and use, fundamental energy sciences, energy storage and security, environmental management, and defense nuclear nonproliferation.

  1. Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) seeks paradigm-shifting expertise that can be applied to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. 

  1. Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides qualified small business concerns with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific homeland security research and development technology needs. 

  1. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awards contracts to domestic small businesses working on research and development to solve the country’s transportation woes. 

  1. Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) searches for entrepreneurs who utilize innovative technologies in the stewardship of the environment, with the mission of protecting human health and the environment. 

  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) inspires generations of geniuses to investigate impossibly far-away lands by funding the development of space-age technology. 

  1. National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) develops scientific and engineering innovations into products and services with a societal impact.

 

 

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Other Types Of Funding For Entrepreneurs 

Funding can come from a variety of sources outside of the federal government. Here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Crowdfunding. Online crowdfunding sites are all the rage these days. Used to assist businesses in raising money to launch a specific product, crowdfunding is also an excellent way to pre-sell while gathering capital to develop and build products.
  • Bank Loans. Also known as a line of credit, a bank loan requires proof that you have a history of paying back debt. You’ll also need to deliver a business plan, a financial forecast, and perhaps some collateral.
  • Angel Investors. These are high-net-worth individuals who receive an equity stake in return for financing. They are often profiteers who are business savvy and not afraid to share their knowledge with you. While they ultimately want your business to grow, angel investors are not shy about scrutinizing your business plan.
  • Venture Capital. Similar to angel investors, venture capitalists receive equity in exchange for financing. And like mutual funds, venture capital funds pool money together from an array of investors. This means you’ll likely have to cede some control and equity.

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What is Human Capital and the Gig Economy?

A business is only as good as the people it employs—this is true for small businesses, large enterprises, and everything in between. 

All of us possess intangible talents and traits that are not listed on a company’s balance sheet. These unquantifiable qualities are collectively known as Human Capital and include valuable assets such as intelligence and education, training and skills, health, loyalty, and punctuality. All of these qualities add up to equal Human Capital or the economic value of each worker. 

Human Capital is out there, in the workforce, waiting to be scooped up and utilized by employers. A massive amount of talent exists in the Gig Economy, a labor market full of independent contractors, online platform workers, contract firm workers, on-call workers, and temporary workers. 

Flexibility is inherent in the Gig Economy. Independent contractors choose the jobs they want to take on, often collecting multiple gigs at once. As a result, the Gig Economy makes valuable Human Capital more available to employers while giving workers the power to build an ideal work-life balance—it all comes together to fly in the face of Hustle Culture.

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Gig Economy Resources For Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re an independent contractor looking for work or a recruiter looking to fill a vital role, several companies have become a driving force of the Gig Economy. Here are a few companies ensuring the Gig Economy keeps chugging along. 

  • Fiverr: Fiverr.com was started in 2010 offers the opportunity for freelancers in just about any digital creative field to provide their services to a global marketplace.
  • Upwork: One of the largest freelance marketplaces trusted by millions of businesses, including Microsoft, Airbnb, and GoDaddy. Upwork serves both entry-level and experienced freelancers equally.
  • Freelancer: The world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, Freelancer.com connects 60 million employers and freelancers from 247 countries. 
  • TaskRabbit: Connecting people who need help with odd jobs and errands with local people who have the time and skills to do them, TaskRabbit offers flexible, local, one-off, or ongoing jobs to suit anyone’s schedule.  
  • Guru: Boasting hundreds of thousands of clients worldwide, $250 million paid to freelancers, and a high client satisfaction rate, Guru targets professionals rather than entry-level freelancers and offers paid memberships to help users rank higher on the site’s search results.

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Why Networking Is Crucial For Entrepreneurs?

Earlier in this article, we mentioned that “burnout culture” is a more straightforward way of describing the truth behind Hustle Culture. Burnout decimates creativity and stifles a small business’s ability to move beyond the initial stages of entrepreneurship and into the realm of paradigm-shifting success.  

Avoiding burnout will always be one of the top priorities of anyone making their way through the workforce—and networking is one of the best ways to soothe a flare-up of burnout.

A dynamic network of industry peers helps entrepreneurs learn about various topics from a global perspective. Populated by experts in multiple fields, counterparts in your chosen sector, and motivational individuals dispensing sage advice, a good networking connection opens entrepreneurs to a rich bastion of knowledge and opportunity. 

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Remember: you’ve yet to receive the best advice you’ll ever get. That valuable knowledge waits for you when you build a network of like-minded individuals. Here are the best ways for an entrepreneur to build a robust and beneficial network:

  1. Stay In Touch

You’ve already made the trek through schools and various places of employment—these stops along the way to your own business are dotted with people who can become valuable assets. They are your connection to new clients and customers, as well as potential team members. Keep these people in life through simple means: Drop them an email to check-in, engage with them on social media (in a positive way), send them a holiday card, or invite them to a networking meeting you plan on attending. 

 

  1. Organize or Attend a Meeting

Networking events are everywhere, even online in a virtual world. Plan to attend, volunteer, or organize a network meeting. These events bring all of the important, valuable minds into one place and encourage them to share their knowledge with other attendees. You’ll never know just how beneficial these networking events can be until you attend one! And to organize your own, check out some options on social media platforms, as well as helpful sites such as Meetup.com. 

 

  1. Get Your Name Out There

And finally, make yourself a valuable source of information. This will inspire people to seek you out. If you’re an entrepreneur, you hold a treasure trove of information to help others in your exact situation. Get your name out there by sitting on panels, speaking at public events, doing a podcast interview, or even starting your own podcast. You can also create an entrepreneurial-themed blog, publish articles in various trade publications, or, as mentioned earlier, plan a networking event of your own.

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Grow Your Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills Through Education

Skilling up expands your knowledge and equips you with the tools you need to become a thought leader in your field. Thought leaders offer unique guidance and inspire innovation based on their expertise and perspective built from years of continuing education. 

Often, those providing education for entrepreneurs were once new to their chosen field. They’ve been there, done that. So your best bet is to absorb their knowledge and apply it to your own anti-hustle lifestyle. 

Check out this handy list of 25 podcasts, books, and other resources for entrepreneurs!

 

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Accounting For Entrepreneurs: Stop Guessing & Know Your Numbers

Fighting the good fight as an entrepreneur is an endeavor that requires all of your attention. Throw in accounting, and you can quickly devolve into a new level of frazzled. Accounting is a daily task vital to your survival as a small business. But, unfortunately, the time it takes to do it right can take you away from other things that need your attention.

Partnering with an accounting firm is one of the most significant steps you can take in the Anti-Hustle Movement. Bookkeeping, monthly accounting, cash-flow forecasting, operational support, and even out-sourced CFO functionality are all enormous responsibilities—and Team 80 is not only highly skilled at these tasks, but it’s also why we’re here. So make the right choice in work-life balance and find out how you fit in with the crew at Team 80.

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Sarah Sinicki

Partner & Director of Business Development at Team 80 LLC

Sarah is a Colorado native and loves everything about our beautiful state. In her free time you can find her spending time with her husband, two kids and her Yorkie named Marley. She also enjoys paddle-boarding, riding her cruiser bike, and just hanging out with friends and family. Sarah is also an avid Colorado Avalanche fan, so if you ever want to talk about hockey, she’s your gal. As one of the Partners of Team 80, she certainly does have a passion for helping small businesses. She is able to apply her 20 years of experience to tailor an accounting solution for a business owner no matter what industry they might be in.

Been with Team 80: May 2008

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Metropolitan State University of Denver
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15 Signs You Have a Bad Bookkeeper

You took an enormous risk starting a small business. Are you letting a lousy bookkeeper put it in jeopardy?

As a small business owner, the fear of failure is always in the back of your mind. When combined with the stress of financial management, that fear can turn into pure dread.

You’re an expert in your chosen field—you shouldn’t have to be an expert at balancing books, payroll, and forecasting, too.

And since you’re on top of things and aware, you’ve wisely outsourced your bookkeeping.

But have you hired a skilled bookkeeper?road warning sign with text risk in front of storm cloud background

The last thing you need is an outsourced accountant tanking your trust and dreams.

We’ve pulled together a list of red flags and warning signs to help you determine what kind of bookkeeper you’ve hired.

  1. Your Bookkeeper is Constantly Out of Reach

    As a small business owner, you need answers to finance-specific questions. And you need those answers fast. When your bookkeeper doesn’t return your phone calls or emails, it’s a significant problem.

    Trust is essential when it comes to outsourced bookkeeping.

    If you notice long stretches between replies from your bookkeeper, it’s time to ask why. There could be many reasons for the communication lapse. The bookkeeper might be overwhelmed or lacking communication skills. Or, it could be more serious.

    Maybe they don’t care?

    You need to set ground rules (if you haven’t already) and communicate your expectations around acceptable communication timelines

  2. They’re Constantly Behind on the Books

    It’s easy to lose track of finances when your bookkeeper is continuously behind on the books. You might start making fatal errors like spending more than the business earns.

    If your books are behind, then your business is behind. Growth is almost impossible when you’re regularly playing catch-up.

    You must set deadlines to ensure that your bookkeeper is on track if you want your small business to thrive.

  3. Your Bookkeeper is Panicked

    Tax filing might give you a panic attack, but it should be second nature to your bookkeeper. The accountant should remain calm, relaxed, and collected under every circumstance.Panicked and Overwhelmed Booker

    If managing tax documents, payroll information, and quarterly payments to prepare for tax prep causes your bookkeeper to become frazzled, you have a severe problem.

    A panicked accountant is a business threat.

    Their panic could indicate inexperience. And the last thing you want is a bookkeeper who is in over their head

  4. They Never Approach You With Ideas

    You’re so swamped with everyday business operations that you might be neglecting growth opportunities.

    Your bookkeeper should have a deep understanding of your day-to-day financials. They should also provide you with helpful feedback. Should you lower costs or increase revenue? A great bookkeeper will have the answers.

    If they aren’t coming to you with ideas and solutions to help push your company to the next level, ask them why.

  5. They Don’t Understand the Basic Terminology

    This one seems like a no-brainer, but many bookkeepers don’t have the slightest clue when it comes to basic accounting terminology.

    It’s not your responsibility to explain what cash vs. accrual means or the definition of accounts receivable.

    If your accountant doesn’t know the term “reconciliations,” run away!

  6. They Don’t Understand the Reports

    Your books are crucial for recording financial transactions and activities like sales, purchases, earnings, payments, etc. Recorded data allows you to determine monthly/annual revenue and anticipate and calculate payroll and tax payments.

    If your bookkeeper doesn’t understand your reports, accounts can be overdrawn, and you might find yourself in hot water with the IRS.

    Nobody wants an IRS audit.

    Failing to keep-up with numbers leaves you without a grasp of the money coming in and out of your business.

  7. They Constantly Pass Blame or Make Excuses

    It can drive you crazy. Your outsourced bookkeeper dropped the ball, and rather than getting a simple explanation, they make excuses and shift responsibility.

    Managing failure and disappointment is natural. But, there is a thin line between explanation and excuse, and the latter only delays the solution and blocks progress.

    As a business owner, you require a bookkeeper who can take accountability and execute a proper response to any mistake. A competent bookkeeper will be able to address an error and take control in making it correct.

  8. They Don’t Understand Reconciliation


    Proper bank statement reconciliation is crucial for every small business.

    When your numbers are off and discrepancies pop-up, your bookkeeper probably isn’t performing reconciliations regularly – or at all.

    Critical errors could go undetected if nobody verifies that your balance sheet transactions correspond with general ledger transactions.

    Improper reconciliation makes you susceptible to fraud, costly bank errors, and unauthorized withdrawals.

  9. Your Accountant Doesn’t Ask Questions

    Your outsourced bookkeeper must understand how your company operates to identify cost-cutting opportunities. They also need to ask questions to have this understanding.

    If your bookkeeper is afraid to ask questions out of the fear of appearing unqualified or inexperienced, they’re letting ego get in the way of good business tactics.

  10. They’re Unable To Provide Answers To Their Work

    You’ve noticed bounced checks. And this morning, you saw old transactions in your Quickbooks undeposited funds windows! What is going on?

    Your accounts probably aren’t managed regularly or adequately reconciled by your outsourced bookkeeper.

    When you ask your bookkeeper what’s happening, they can’t provide answers or insight.

    Minor mistakes are inevitable, but a good bookkeeper is willing to go over routine tasks with you to establish what went wrong.

  11. They Don’t Let You See the Books or Give You Access to Your Accounting System

    Is your bookkeeper holding your records hostage? Is looking at your data like pulling teeth?

    With today’s cloud-based accounting software, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have complete data access.

    Put your foot down. Tell your accountant you want shared-access to the books. If they are reluctant to share that access with you, it’s time to work with someone who will.

  12. They Don’t Understand Balance Sheets

    The business has gone up, but your cash balance doesn’t reflect the increases. Where is that cash? The answer should be on your balance sheet.

    Not everyone knows what to look for on their balance sheet or profit and loss statement. Still, an experienced bookkeeper will analyze the assets, liabilities, and equities data.

    Your balance sheet is a snapshot of your business’ financial health. If you have any trouble identifying cash-flow problems, it might be time to seek another bookkeeper.

  13. Coding Inconsistencies

    Incorrect and inconsistent coding can take hours to rectify and cost your company thousands; it’s usually an honest mistake.

    But entering incorrect accounting codes is a significant problem. Coding helps classify, record, and group all your transactions.

    Wrong accounting codes can cause you to miss out on tax savings. Incorrect coding might also impact tax claims. In extreme circumstances, it can indicate your bookkeeper is stealing money. Either way, misclassifications can land you in hot water.

  14. Your Accountant Is Patronizing

    The person handling your finances must be the expert. But do you need that experience and expertise delivered with condescension?Patronizing Accountant on Phone with Client

    Nobody likes being talked down to – the behavior isn’t conducive to a productive workplace. You wouldn’t let your staff treat you poorly, so why let your bookkeeper get away with it?

    Be open with your bookkeeper. Let them know the terms with which you are comfortable speaking. You shouldn’t feel belittled because you aren’t up on the latest financial jargon.

  15. Your Bookkeeper is Controlling

    Have you noticed that your bookkeeper wants complete, unsupervised control of your business’ financial management? If so, it’s time to start investigating why.

    As we’ve already mentioned, trust is critical. When a bookkeeper wants to take control of everything inexplicably, your confidence can be a little shaken.

    Handing over unsupervised access to your bookkeeper is like running your company blind. Some bookkeepers wind up stealing from a business because the business owners made it easy.

    Your bookkeeper should be a business partner. You can avoid theft and mismanagement through collaboration.

If you’re feeling uncertain about your bookkeeper, it may already be too late!

Is it time to find a new accounting team? Team 80 offers full transparency, and we might save you money. Call us today!

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Partner at Team 80 LLC

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Sarah Sinicki is a Partner and Director of Business Development with Team 80 in Colorado where she is able to apply her 20 years of experience to tailor an accounting solution for a business owner no matter what industry they might be in.


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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.

If you’re looking for the best cloud-based tools for you and your team, you are probably an excellent match for Team 80’s remote accounting services. We’ll focus on your accounting so that you can focus on what you’re great at – running your business.

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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.

 

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Sarah Sinicki

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Sarah Sinicki is a Partner and Director of Business Development with Team 80 in Colorado where she is able to apply her 20 years of experience to tailor an accounting solution for a business owner no matter what industry they might be in.


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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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Sarah Sinicki

Partner at Team 80 LLC

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Sarah Sinicki is a Partner and Director of Business Development with Team 80 in Colorado where she is able to apply her 20 years of experience to tailor an accounting solution for a business owner no matter what industry they might be in.