Google Tools for Business

Recently we looked at the Google Tools for Business in the Being Your Own CEO Success Circle titled Google Ecosystem. I had made my list and was amazed by the number of additions offered by the other participants.  This was a good reminder that there is so much offered that we may not know about all of them.  Have a look at our list; perhaps there are products that will make your business more efficient and enjoyable:

 General Interest Tools

  • Google Chrome – a web browser with many available extensions that increase what you can do on the web.
  • Google Search – for researching, finding information, and linking with various websites.
  • Photos – Stores and sorts all the pictures that were taken from your smartphone.
  • Translate – Changes text from one language to another.
  • Google News – Aggregates news headlines from around the world.

 Business/Office Tools (available on all your devices)

  • Mail – gmail.com gives free access to webmail for anyone who signs up.  And with it comes the following:
  • Calendar – Your appointment book, complete with reminders, colour coding, re-occurring activities.
  • Contacts – Your address book, e-mail addresses auto-saved, and you can put people into various groups.
  • Keep – Your note taker and/or to-do list
  • Drive – Documents, Sheets, Slides, Forms – All shareable and amendable by those given permission. Voice recognition add-on is available for visually impaired people
  • Hangouts (soon to be replaced by Chat & Meet) – Provides text messaging, phoning, and face-to-face video calls for up to 10 people.
  • G Suite – A paid service suitable for companies that need to have other employees with a common e-mail address.

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Marketing Tools

  • Google My Business – Place a profile of your business on Google Maps
  • Hangouts ( soon be replaced by Meet) – Video
  • YouTube – Records video calls and creates a channel for you that lists all your recorded videos.  Great Search engine as well.
  • YouTube Live Streaming – Creates videos from your smartphone.
  • Blogger – Allows you to create blog entries and post them to the Internet.

 Tools for Web Presence

  • Google Alerts – You can ask Google to let you know when something of interest gets posted to the web.
  • Google Console Tools – Allows you to track Google indexing for your website.
  • Google Analytics – Allows you to analyze the traffic to your website.
  • Google Wallet – You can pay for items or services being purchased on your smartphone.

 Tools for Community Building

  • Google Maps – You can find locations and businesses in your community
  • Local Guides – Add your pictures and reviews of local businesses to Maps.
  • Google Groups – Create a forum for people to text communicate privately
This is an extensive list for sure.  I wonder what I have missed.

Mindset Monday Challenge

Review this list and decide what items that will make your business life easier.
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This Mindset Monday post is presented especially for solopreneurs 

by LowellAnn Fuglsang, Business and Career Coach

In my workstyle-lifestyle coaching work I love helping solopreneurs find direction, stay motivated and build systems that both support and promote their business. One support that I like to emphasize for them is the Google experience.  Two great places to begin are my Weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle and The Portable Business Coach (Now titled “Solopreneur Evaluation Tool” – a tool that will tell you where you need to put more time and energy)

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