September 7, 2010

Skylight – All the Tools to Help Your Business Run Better

Skylight is an application that combines many of the tools that people use to make their business run smoothly—including scheduling, invoicing, and task assigning software—and combines them into one seamless and thorough web-based app. Instead of signing into and out of various business applications all day, business owners who use Skylight can sign in once and get all of their managerial work done in just one spot.

Because Skylight has so many unique features to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin once you start using the site. Input information about your business, and head to your personal dashboard page where you’ll see a handful of widgets that can be dragged around to wherever you prefer. Depending on the needs of your company, you might want to head over to the project management section, where you can view an activity feed, set milestones, and assign tasks to certain member of your team. Any project or document within your Skylight account can be commented on and tagged, making it easy to group together like projects and find exactly what you’re looking for at a moment’s notice.

Collaboration is a key feature throughout Skylight, and the application actively encourages its users to connect with colleagues, clients, and even friends through the online portal. When you make a connection, you can invite people to view the projects you’re working on with customizable access controls that prevent any one person from seeing too much of your latest plans. Overall, Skylight is a full-service business management application that offers all the tools your company needs, and probably a few more that you didn’t even know you’d want.

Practical Uses:

  • Start assigning tasks to employees at your company
  • Create invoices to send to clients
  • Make all of the files for your clients accessible from any computer
  • Connect with clients online and get feedback on upcoming project ideas

Insider Tips:

  • Use the drag and drop interface to create custom business reports
  • Upload your current contacts list directly into Skylight
  • Create unique tags and group projects by category
  • Use the search feature to find mention of a certain word used anywhere within your account

What we liked:

  • Skylight offers all the tools you need to manage a business in one application
  • Users can organize the dashboard widgets however they like to create a page that meets their needs
  • Tagging system is an effective way of managing projects and documents
  • Access level controls limit how much content each collaborator can view

What we didn’t like:

  • With so many tools, it can take a while to get acclimated to using Skylight


Company Info:

  • Launched: August 2009 (Beta)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Founded by: Jamie Mill and Taimur Khan
  • Web site:


  • Free (in Beta)

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