A little over a year ago I was watching a live Facebook video of a health coach in my Facebook feed. She was in her kitchen, talking and cutting a melon. She used the tool in the picture you see above.
It’s a watermelon slicer from Kuhn Rikon. (I’m not affiliated with this company. I’m just a lover of good kitchen tools.)
I was fascinated by it, and skeptical, too. I have assorted knives, some of which are so sharp they’ve lopped off tips of fingers. (That was a thrilling morning to the urgent care center!) None ever did a great job on melons. But, I’m a sucker for a new kitchen tool, so I ordered it.
Let me tell you - this thing is...amazing. It slices through massive melons like a hot knife through butter. In the zombie apocalypse, this is the knife I’ll be wielding.
Tools get the job done. The right tool gets the job done right.
It’s a struggle sometimes to find the right tool for the job. In business, there are a lot of tools we could use. New software pops up daily for tracking, customer service, project tracking, and more. Which one is right?
That’s the trick, isn’t it? Finding the right tools for your job. It’s not as simple as buying a knife - you know immediately if it works or doesn’t work. With something like software, it make take a couple of months before you know if it’s right or not.
Here are a few quick tips to help you settle in and choose the right tools for you job.
Know what you want the tool to do
That seems logical - and obvious, but most people purchase software only thinking they know what they need it to do. Before you even start looking, write down a list of everything you want and need. Match your software to that.
Spend research time before money
You’re in such a rush to make things happen that you’ll jump into a purchase before you’ve spent ample time actually researching to see if you’ve got the right tool. Practically every piece of software has a trial period with it where you can push buttons, run reports, and do everything you’d do in your business.
Actually use the trial
There is no sense getting a trial of a software if you’re not going to test things out. And don’t have the social media poster in your company test out the accounting software, and the accountant test out the CRM software. It’s good to get the team involved in evaluating, but you need those people who are going to be using the software to jump in and get their feet wet with the trial.
Ask a lot of questions
The great thing about signing up for a trial is that you usually get an email or phone call from a sales rep within 24 hours asking if they can be of assistance. Use them. Ask questions. Does it do this? How much does it cost if I want that? Does it integrate with my current software? They want you to buy, so they should be happy to answer all of your questions.
Take your time choosing the right tools for your business so you don’t end up with a pile of unused downloads (or a drawer full of dull knives!).
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25+ years of business experience. 12+ years of virtual experience.