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Business Tools - the good the bad and the ugly - FCIP January Meetup

Start off your new year on the right foot by getting organized with the best systems and tools for small businesses.

This will be a Round Table format so we can all learn from each other as peers in a group-discussion.

Bring with you a list of business tools you use, have used, love, hate, etc. Categories of tools include accounting & invoicing, project & task management tools, and collaboration & sharing tools. Is there a tool you've been wanting to try? Why not give it a shot before the Meetup and let us know what you think and learned. Or just ask who at the Meetup has used the tool and we'll learn from each other's experience.

For example, at we use:

  • Basecamp for project management, time tracking, milestones/calendar, and project-related file storage and sharing
  • Quickbooks for accounting and invoicing, but I'm interested in using something else for invoicing especially if it can tie into quickbooks somehow for my accountant's sake.
  • and for To-Do lists and keeping track of who is working on what
  • Google Docs (now Drive) for collaborative file editing, but I'm sure this tool could help us even more if we knew how each of you found it useful to use.

So put on your Santa hat one more time and make a list of the tools and systems that have been naughty and nice. Share your thoughts with us and learn from others too. See you at the Fort Collins Brewery for a great start to the new year.

Appetizers will be provided thanks to our wonderful sponsor and local software company DataSplice!

Happy New Year everyone,

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  • paul f.

    I enjoyed the venue, the people and the meetup overall.

    January 25, 2013

  • Peter W.

    A great meetup with practical options. Ron does a first class job of herding cats and summarizing.

    January 25, 2013

  • Rob A.

    Thanks Ron, and everyone to contributed. I always come away a little smarter from these meetings. It helps to hang out with smart people.

    January 25, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Thanks for sharing this article, "Getting Things Written". It was very interesting and gave me several new ideas.

    January 25, 2013

  • Jochen W.

    Thanks for the all the wonderful suggestions, folks, and to you, Ron, for capturing 'em all.

    I've taken the liberty to edit the "Getting Things Written" item and added a direct link to the article.

    In case you can't wait to check it out, you can find it at

    P.S.: I have deleted a previous version of this comment because the ".php" suffix in the link got lost somehow. Sorry for that!

    January 25, 2013

  • Ron Z.

    To all FCIPros, here's a link to the notes I took on-screen last night about all the tools recommended by everyone who attended. It's an editable Google Doc, so feel free to add more to it:

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Jeremy G.

    Great discussion and knowledge as always.

    January 24, 2013

  • Brent

    Here is a video screencast we did covering Wunderlist

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Dr. Donna W.

    I am still on my seminar and did not realize it was a 90 minute one when I enrolled. Going to change my RSVP and be missing this meetup. Perhaps someone from the group would be interested in meeting for coffee tomorrow to share the highlights?

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been pretty pleased with the power of Toggl - never before have I been so accountable to where my time (& energy) actually goes!

    January 18, 2013

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