All posts by Ben Mulholland


How to Pitch Your Company and Land Investors

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Your average pitch gets examined by investors for about 3 minutes 44 seconds and (if successful) is worth around $1.3 million.

That’s more than $5800 per second.

With figures like that, you need to know how to pitch to land investors, customers, employees, prizes or whatever it is you’re aiming for.

That’s where we here at Process Street come in.

We pitched to over 2500 top SaaS professionals and investors at SaaStr Europa 2019, walking away with the grand prize from the pitch competition, the contact details of several venture capitalists, and collaboration opportunities for months to come.

However, I’m getting ahead of myself. In this post I’ll show you;

Let’s get stuck in.

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The 21 Best Free Project Management Software (And Why They’re Great)

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Ah, the days before I started using project management software.

I don’t miss them.

70+ hour weeks of pure stress and disorganized skitting from task to task, unable to focus on the things that mattered when they needed to get done. It was a lesson hard-learned but one of the most valuable I’ve ever had the misfortune of going through.

So I’ll save you the trouble and show you the best free options on offer.

You don’t need a massive budget or a lot of experience to get the most out of these apps – hence why they’re the best free project management software. Most have paid plans but all are functional with the free version and all will help you and your team organize your projects and get things done on time and to a high standard.

I’ll be covering:

  1. Process Street
  2. Agantty
  3. Airtable
  4. Asana
  5. Avaza
  6. Backlog
  7. Bitrix24
  8. FreedCamp
  9. HiTask
  10. KanbanFlow
  11. MeisterTask
  12. Paymo
  13. Pivotal Tracker
  14. Podio
  15. TeamGantt
  16. TeamWeek
  17. Teamwork Projects
  18. Todoist
  19. Trello
  20. Wrike
  21. Zenkit

Enough talk – let’s get stuck in.
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Task Permissions: How to Create Secure, Flexible Processes

Task Permissions
Yahoo! lost $350 million to their sale price after the reveal that a security breach had caused 3 billion accounts to be compromised. They learned the hard way that if you have sensitive data you’ll also need measures to protect it.

You need an easy way to secure your processes without providing extra hoops for your team to jump through and get confused over.

That’s why we here at Process Street let you set task permissions in your checklists.

This feature lets you hide tasks from viewers with variable permission levels within your checklists. You’re left with a checklist that shows different tasks to different people based on what you think they should see.

The best thing? It solves your security and clarity issues while providing a singular location for your data to be stored, making it easy to review.

Enough dilly-dallying, let’s get to it!
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What is Employee Engagement? How to Keep Your Team Happy and Motivated

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What is employee engagement?

I’d been explaining the ins-and-outs of my job to my family for a while but here I had to stop to give more detail. That’s when it hit me.

To most people, employee engagement is jargon.

They see it as an airy concept that doesn’t have a solid definition – it’s something that marketers point at to sell products and nothing more.

The reality couldn’t be further from that.

Employee engagement is a vital statistic which can show the overall health of a business at every level. If you can affect it, it can result in massive benefits such as a 67% lower employee turnover rate and 21% higher productivity.

It’s time to learn what employee engagement is, how to measure it, and what you can do about it.

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What Are Bug Bounties? The Top 20 Bounty Lists and Why They’re Useful for Companies

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Hacking is constantly misunderstood in pop culture.

From an 11-year-old crashing Wall Street and flying through 3D landscapes in Hackers to “hacking” an entire city in Watch Dogs, it’s easy to see why it’s seen as an extreme and dangerous hobby to have.

In reality, there are plenty of “white-hat” (well-intentioned) hackers who help companies to identify security weaknesses in their programs through bug bounties.

So, to de-mystify the air around bug bounty programs and white-hat hacking, this post will show you:

  • What bug bounties are
  • How you can start earning money through them
  • What to consider when setting up your own bug bounty program
  • 20 examples of top bug bounty programs you can take inspiration from or take part in yourself

Let’s get started.

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Burnout: How I Beat It, and How You Can Too

burnout process streetPush through this week and you can take it easy when things ease off.”

I’ve made the mistake of working up to and beyond the point of burnout. In my first few months with Process Street I worked so much that I almost quit through exhaustion.

It shouldn’t have to get that bad before we recognize that burnout is a very real danger for any and every employee.

Skyrocketing blood pressure and a lowered immune system are common signs of burnout. A cold might knock you down for two weeks instead of two days“, Tony Robbins on the effect of stress and burnout on physical health, How to Recognize Burnout Symptoms Before It’s Too Late

Anyone can suffer from burnout, leaving them physically and mentally exhausted, compounding other small issues into impassable roadblocks, killing productivity and even making them more vulnerable to illness.

Then, if the stress is high or the burnout consistent enough, they’ll quit.

Hiring is expensive, let alone the bad press you’ll get for a team member quitting due to preventable work stress and burnout. Heck, that’s not even counting the productivity loss while the employee is still with you.

Don’t let that happen.

From my own personal experience and the stories of others, I’ve put together this post to show you exactly what burnout is, how to fight it and how to prevent it whether you’re an individual or a team.

Let’s get stuck in.

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How to Assign Tasks Dynamically: Role Assignments in Process Street

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Assigning team members to their tasks is a duty which is as vital as it is tedious.

Everyone pretty much knows what they should be doing, so there’s no need to directly assign them to everything when you could be spending time on more important tasks, right?

Wrong.

Human error (of which memory plays a huge part) affects 1/100 routine tasks where care is needed. This means that the people responsible either makes a mistake or forgets what they need to do (hence why documented processes are so important).

That’s why we here at Process Street have a role assignment feature in our checklists.

Role assignments let you dictate who each task in your process checklists needs to be assigned to without fail every time. All you need to do is set up the role which will have the task assigned, then Process Street does the rest.

Ready to assign your tasks without fail, fuss or tedious fiddling? Then let’s dive right in.

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The 11 Best Screen Sharing Apps (And How to Use Them)

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Whether you’re in a meeting or doing customer support, screen sharing is one of the best ways to illustrate your point without frustrating anyone in the call.

That is if you can get an app which lets you share your screen without an issue.

We’ve all been there before – you’ve shown up early to a meeting only to have your technology die on you. Maybe the call quality was so bad you couldn’t hear each other speak or perhaps the other person was forced to download a new app before being able to see your screen.

No matter your troubles, this list will clear up which screen sharing apps are the best for you to use, why, and why other options aren’t up-to-scratch.

I’ll be covering:

  • Zoom
  • Join.me
  • Skype
  • GoToMeeting
  • Slack
  • Appear.in
  • Screenleap
  • Google Hangouts
  • Mikogo
  • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • USE Together

Ready? Let’s go.
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Offboarding: How to Make the Most of Letting Employees Go

Offboarding
Offboarding a team member is never easy.

Relationships aside, the logistics of making sure that the ex-employee isn’t a security risk, their old tasks are accounted for and covered, and that there will be someone to take their place (with the appropriate training) is a tall order to meet.

That’s why this post will show you everything you need to know about offboarding an employee, including:

  • Why offboarding is important
  • How to effectively (and safely) offboard an employee
  • How to make opportunities out of them leaving

I’ll even throw in some free templates you can follow to make sure that your offboarding goes right every time.

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Business Process Reengineering: What to Do If Your Business Is Failing

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Business process reengineering isn’t useless jargon or management gone mad – it’s a vital aspect of any business that wants to adapt, improve and survive.

Whether you’ve discovered a new tool that revolutionizes the way your processes work or you’ve realized that a process is being ignored to the point of being useless, this is the perfect way to get your team back on track and performing at their best.

Read on to find out:

  • What business process reengineering is
  • Why (and when) you should bother with BPR
  • How to use BPR (with detailed instructions)
  • How famous brands have used BPR to radically improve their processes

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