I use silicone cupcake bakeware for beading with smaller beads. I use one cup for each color and just roll each bead up the "flute" and put it on the needle or string. It makes the project so much more quicker and easier to do.
Source: I used to work at an Arts and Crafts store that also sells bakeware. The idea came to me when I was restocking the bakeware shelf one day.