Ever spend a project emailing back and forth between your client and outside contractors? Then halfway through you realize that you can’t even sift through the messages to find the one that has the photo file you need or the contract amendment? End the chaos with Podio. It is an online space for your small business to collaborate. This is a powerhouse of applications for managing projects, files and people. The site works a lot like all those apps on your smart phone. You get a space to begin and you add the apps you need. The app store is filled with free apps to handle the most common things: scheduling, assigning tasks, to do lists, and client contacts. Then there are specific apps that dive into campaign tracking, project management and even monitoring Twitter. Podio gets even better with the availability of app packs where apps are bundled together by industry giving you an instant dashboard. There are app packs for every imaginable business like marketing, product development and event management. New ones are added every day by other users. (So far, they’re really inventive. I saw one today for TedX event management!)
The true beauty of this service is the ease for customizing. You can customize anything in the app and even create your app pack bundle. Podio is meant to be social and this means for your subcontractors, clients and anyone else you have to work with.
It was just released in March to rave reviews and serious businesses and thought leaders tried it out immediately. For myself, from the moment I created an account I was thoroughly impressed. It delivers on the promise of easy and the possibilities are infinite.