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Part of running your online store means you have to wear many hats at the same time. As a small business owner running an online store, you will often be handling a variety of tasks on a day to day basis (can you relate?!).

From marketer to customer support, designer, team leader, and admin, it’s all you; and even when it isn’t all you, connecting with your team is equally as important. That why you should be using Slack for business.

Slack is designed to make daily multi-tasking much, much easier

Slack logo for using slack for business from Selz ecommerce for business growth

Slack is like an online forum for your growing business which allows you to have different channels and conversation threads depending on who you are working with, and what you are talking about.

For example, you could start a different thread for various parts of your online business including product design, marketing, and email campaigns.

You could also set up some channels to talk and work with any remote team members and outsourcers you might have.

API functionality mean using Slack for business with many external apps

From communication to customer support to design, marketing, and team intercommunication, there are apps that will help you get the jobs done faster and in a more organized way.

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Let’s take a look at some of the ways you could be using Slack for business:

  • You can integrate Skype, so you can easily start a Skype call directly from Slack to sell services.
  • You can easily do screen sharing right from within Slack using an app called Screenhero.
  • MailClark is great for using Slack for business to send and receive emails, Facebook and Twitter messages from channels that you specify within your Slack dashboard.
  • You can hold and host Zoom workshops and webinars right from within Slack.

To make your customer support a breeze using Slack for business, you can integrate Twitter within your Slack channels to respond to tweets from your customers without having to leave your team home.

Zendesk also integrates the Slack for those of you who are working with a larger customer base.

MailClark enables a specific email address to be sent and received from within a specific customer support channel. In addition, HelpScout, Chatlio, Small Chat, Groove, Troops and Guru are all these services that link really well with Slack when you are building your customer service.

To stay productive, integrating the productivity apps that you already use within Slack makes things much, much, easier.

You can collaborate on Trello projects right within Slack itself, and you can integrate your Google Calendar to share the calendar with your team.

Zapier in an amazing app which links up many of your favourite services to be easily automated with Slack. For example, you can link up your Selz store with Slack using Zapier to get a notification with every sale.

Setting up alerts in your channels to see every time someone signs up to your email marketing campaigns or every time you make a sale make it easy to monitor on a day-to-day basis how your business is moving along. It can be so encouraging to see that alert and to know that your business is working for you online as you wear the many hats of an online store owner.

You can also use Asana and Polly right from within Slack.

If you have some team members that you need to remind when tasks are due, you can use something like Busybot to get your team to have a reminder sent, to keep them on track.

Using Slack for business as one of your design tools is also really helpful; you can quickly sketch diagrams on a whiteboard such as a Sketchboard, which links within your Slack channel and create mock-ups using the MockUp app.

You can also search for images on Unsplash directly within a channel. You can set up alerts for key industry terms, keywords and RSS feeds to arrive into specific channels. Then you can keep up-to-date with all that you need to know from your industry without being drawn into news feeds and down the interweb rabbit holes.

But of course, using Slack for business should also be fun. Using Giphy means that an online library of animated gifs is available just at the stroke of a forward slash.

Here at Selz, we love to make sure that you can work in a way that is as smart as possible.

By using tech to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you, Slack is a fantastic companion to business owners, especially when starting a business from scratch and potentially growing it to add more team members into the mix.

Using Slack for business makes working on your online store fun, productive, creative and – best of all – it gets the work done super-efficiently so that you can grow your business and meet your goals as fast as possible.

About the author

Jo Gifford

A widely read contributor to Huffington Post, Selz, Regus, Prowess, YFS Magazine and many more interwebz rabbit holes, Jo is a respected UK voice on life as a pocket-sized enterprise owner.

Jo’s background – a seasoned blogger, copywriter, podcaster, and graphic designer with an MA and research interest in creative thinking for small business – makes for an eclectic and colourful killer content approach.

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