In business it is essential that we are constantly creating targets, goals and milestones in order to show progression and growth. However, tracking these goals can often be a struggle when everyday demands keep you on your feet. A solution to this is using dedicated applications to help set, track and ultimately achieve those business goals.

Here I pick out a selection of 15 of these fantastic applications, including cloud-based apps for CRM, productivity, and accounting. Read on to find out more about how they can benefit your business.

[Update] This post was originally published on February 4th 2011. It was updated on September 21st 2015 to include details of the very latest business apps.

Sales Goals

Insightly

Focused on satisfying small businesses Insightly is an Online CRM (customer relationship management) application that has powerful integration with Google Apps. This allows for straightforward syncing between Insightly and Google Calendar, Documents and Contacts. Alternative email systems and Office 365 can also be integrated just as easily. With a simple and straightforward user interface Insightly is an easy to use application at a reasonable price.

Insightly

Insightly

Pricing

  • Starting from: $12/month per user for the Basic package.
  • Ranging up to $99/month per user for Enterprise package.
  • Free package for up to 2 users.

SalesForce Sales Cloud

SalesForce Sales Cloud is a service aimed at improving communication between customers. By integrating the progress of customer communication into a dashboard, SalesForce Sales Cloud allows you to map all communication between you and the customer. This helps to track strategies which work and those that don’t, allowing you to adapt in future and ultimately improve your customer relations.

SalesForce Marketing Cloud

SalesForce Cloud

Pricing

  • $25 per user per month for basic sales and marketing for up-to 5 users.
  • $65 per user per month for complete CRM for any size team.
  • $125 per user per month for deeply customizable CRM for your business (billed annually).
  • $250 per user per month for unlimited CRM power and support (billed annually).

Infusionsoft

Infusionsoft is built for small business owners with between one and 25 employees. As an efficient CRM tool Infusionsoft combines contact information and tracks customer relationships to help better your sales strategy. Infusionsoft is unique as it also offers you the tools to create an online storefront. This allows you to streamline sales and instantly connect them with your customer relations results.

Infusionsoft

Infusionsoft

Pricing

  • $199/month for basic package.
  • Ranging up to $599/month for Team package for larger businesses.

Productivity Goals

Wrike

Wrike is an advanced project management service which is developed for use with any size of team. Initially, Wrike can be used as simply a way to track tasks and their progress. Once set up Wrike allows you to automate the process through templates. You can also use the service to reflect on the efficiency of tasks through Gantt Charts, which highlight the performance of your team.

Wrike

Wrike

Pricing

  • Free package for up-to five users.
  • $49/month for full service up to five users. Ranging up to $99/month for up-to 15 users.
  • Enterprise package available upon request.

Mavenlink

As a project management tool Mavenlink offers the standard set of features including task creation, tracking and mobile integration. However, Mavenlink is unique as it allows you to also take control of finances with the Professional package. This package includes, budgeting tools, time and expense tracking and simple QuickBooks integration. For those looking to combine project management with financial management Mavenlink is definitely worth considering.

Mavenlink

Mavenlink

Pricing

  • $19/month for up to 5 users. Cost of $4/month extra for each additional user. This package lacks financial and profit management tools.
  • $29/month for the Professional package.
  • Premier package is available upon request.

LeanKit

LeanKit offers project management through the form of Kanban boards. These are visual representations of tasks that can be organised into lanes to track the progress of a team. Kanban boards are valuable as they provide an instant and clear view of overall progress. LeanKit also comes equipped with tools to measure results over time.

LeanKit

LeanKit

Pricing

  • $12/month per user for Standard package.
  • Ranging up to $49/month per user for Premium package.

Finance Goals

Xero

Xero is a cloud accounting service for small businesses that allows owners to personally manage all their accounts. Xero’s most attractive feature is its financial overview dashboard which gives an instant summary of cash-flow. Xero works out as very reasonably priced solution due to every plan coming with unlimited users.

Xero

Xero

Pricing

  • $6.30/month for the Starter package. Limited features.
  • $21/month for the Standard package.
  • $49/month for the Premium package.

FreshBooks

FreshBooks offers an efficient and simple way to track time and invoice customers. Boasting powerful mobile applications FreshBooks gives you complete control even when outside the office. FreshBooks most appealing feature is its easy-to-use payment options. These give your clients a way to instantly pay upon receiving an invoice.

FreshBooks

FreshBooks

Pricing

  • Free 30 day trial available.
  • $9.95/month for up to 5 clients.
  • Ranging up to $29.95/month and $39.95/month for packages with unlimited clients

KashFlow

KashFlow is renowned for its ability to help control your accounting without all the jargon and complexity that normally makes the process so difficult. With a long established base, KashFlow has adapted in order to make the process easier and more efficient. The service also allows you to integrate with PayPal to help automate the recording of transactions.

KashFlow

KashFlow

Pricing

  • Free trials available.
  • £5/month for the Starter package.
  • Ranging up to £10/month and £15/month for the Business and Business + Payroll packages respectively.

Human Capital Goals

BambooHR

BambooHR is a human resources service which allows to manage the employee data of small to large companies. BambooHR’s additional tools allow employees to request time off and HR managers to track job openings and incoming applications.

BambooHR

BambooHR

Pricing

  • Quotes requested from BambooHR directly.
  • Pricing based on number of employees. Starting at $99/month.

Workable

Workable is a hiring tool built to form the strongest of teams. Workable helps to condense the number of applications, finding the applicants with real potential while filtering out those with nothing to offer. The service also offers a way to promote your job applications.

Workable

Workable

Pricing

  • $19/month for the Starter package, one active job available.
  • Ranging up to $399/month for the Enterprise package, unlimited active jobs available.

TribeHR

TribeHR allows HR managers to track and input employee data and gives employees a way to request vacation days. TribeHR can also be used to support employee development through the setting and tracking of goals and the storing of important performance review data. The application can also be used to promote in-house jobs to employees.

TribeHR

TribeHR

Pricing

  • Prices start at $5/month per employee.
  • Three different packages, Starter, Group and Team.

IT Goals

New Relic

New Relic is well respected and popular performance testing IT solution. Providing application monitoring for a wide range of coding (and Android apps) New Relic is a capable and easy-to-use service. This is most prominently accomplished through the ultilisation of a dashboard layout which gives access to complete visibility.

New Relic

New Relic

Pricing

  • Free package available.
  • $149/month per host for the Pro package.
  • Enterprise package available upon request.

DataDog

Datadog is a monitoring application that allows you to track performance of your systems, apps and services. Datadog’s most appealing feature is its customisable dashboards. Through this users are able to create there own interactive dashboards displaying only the most needed information. Datadog also possesses powerful collaboration tools which allow users to discuss issues when they arise and in turn track the progress of solving that issue.

DataDog

DataDog

Pricing

  • Free package is available for up to 5 hosts.
  • $15/month per host for Pro package.
  • Enterprise package available upon request.

Stackify

Developed as a complete solution to application performance Stackify enables you to monitor, detect and resolve issues that may arise. This is achieved by combining metrics, error data and logs all on to one platform. The developer of Stackify recognizes that an efficient tool is neccessary for business professionals and this is evident across the service. For example with the errors and logs system the user is instantly able to identify the most prominent errors to enable smart prioritization.

Stackify

Stackify

Pricing

  • Performance Pricing. $15/month per server for the Metrics package. $40/month per server for the APM+ package.
  • Errors and Logs Pricing. $20/month per 10GB for Smart ELM package.

Wrap-Up

Thanks for reading! Hopefully our list of goal tracking and management applications has helped you in your search for success. Do you already use the applications listed above? Or do you have another tool that serves a similar purpose? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • I wish there was an app that had the features of joe’s goals and 42 goals. I like the points reward system in joe’s goals for some goals, while other goals (such as the time spent) are easier to track on 42goals.

  • Resolution #1:
    Learn the difference between “lose” and “loose.”

  • what about wunderlist?

  • Actually, 43 Things (note the space) does have an iOS app – http://www.43things.com/resolutions/iphone

    • Thanks, I’ve updated the post. It’s unfortunate that their website doesn’t easily indicate mobile access.

  • You forgot to mention habitmix

  • For managing your goals you can use this web-based application:

    http://www.Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote, and also comes with mobile-web, Android and iPhone apps.

  • Another interesting web-based app is http://chains.cc. Each day you complete something, you mark it off. The goal then becomes less about completing that item daily and more about making sure you don’t break the chain.

  • A new entrant in the market is Big Change. It is set up for 8 standard goals and one user defined custom goal. Use it with Facebook and Twitter to involve your network for commitment and support.

  • GoalsOnTrack has an iPhone app just published recently, which is free with the web based version.

  • I used Chains.cc for a while and loved it. They did not come out with an iphone app this year so I switched to the free iRewardChart iphone app and then quickly to the paid iRewardChart app which works very well for me. It is targeted at tracking behavior of children, but I think I need it more than them. It has rewards features as well and can be customized. You can use if for yourself, kids, or instead of kids make a work & personal profile each with their own goals. The icon is cheesy, but hey, it works!

  • Another very good app for goals tracking and habit tracking is http://www.advirtus.com

  • thank you for this. I feel like i am getting back on track.

  • I’s definitely recommend PrioTime to add to the list: http://priotime.com/
    Great goals check out, timeline and visualization of achievements!

  • if you want to track the time you worked on projects … try http://www.funkytime.com. It’s a free web application specifically built for knowledge workers like architects, designers, engineers, web builders, IT experts, consultants, etc that have more than one project at stake each day.