These days it seems like there's a better way to do almost anything. Whether you're sharing documents and pictures, managing email, or even updating your Facebook and Twitter accounts, chances are there's a way you could do it more efficiently. This capability, of course, is largely due to technology -- specifically, on your mobile phone or tablet.

Architects, for instance, may have once had to send a special courier to deliver blueprints across town. Now they make deliveries of large documents on their phone while lying in bed at night. For small-business owners, these advances are not just a matter of convenience, but a way to save money, market their services, and retain customers.

So what are their favorite tech tools in 2015?

The team at SurePayroll, a small-business payroll provider, reached out to me via Twitter to share that they had recently surveyed over 350 small-business owners nationwide to find out which tools they use for email marketing, cloud storage, social media, productivity, and more.

The survey found that 78% of small-business owners have had to make changes to their businesses to account for a more online, technology-based marketplace. That tells you just how pervasive tech has become in our lives. Everything is in the cloud, man. So check out the following rankings by category of small-business owners' favorite tech tools:

Organization and productivity apps:

Google Drive
Evernote
Tripit
Trello
Expensify
Asana
Basecamp

Cloud storage tools:

Dropbox
Google Drive
Apple's iCloud
Microsoft OneDrive
Box

Customer-relations management tools:

Salesforce
Act!
SugarCRM
Nimble
Zoho

Email marketing / marketing automation tools:

Constant Contact
MailChimp
Marketo 
Pardot
Emfluence
InfusionSoft

Social media and content tools:

Hootsuite
TweetDeck 
Sprout Social
Hearsay Social
Buffer App 
ScribbleLive

There are many valuable tools out there to help the small-business entrepreneur be better organized and more productive overall. Do you have a favorite tool that was missed? List it below in our comments.

Published on: Aug 13, 2015