Free accounts software, password management, online concept boards and much more. Everything you need when running your small business empire.
Being your own boss is always going to be a bit scary but don’t panic; there are loads of really super-helpful online business tools designed with you in mind.
Here’s our pick of the best:
Got a great name for your business?
Well, before you get all those business cards printed, do make sure that it hasn’t already been taken with this database of logos, trademarks and slogans.
Pretty much every service you use online requires a password, and using the same password all the time just isn’t safe enough any more (we’re looking at you Heartbleed).
That’s where LastPass comes in. With their software, you can securely store and manage every password you create, so you never have to worry about forgetting which login to use again.
Keep track of expenses, generate business reports and create invoices, with this great accounts package.
It’s also a cloud-based service, so you can access and edit your financial documents on several devices.
“Never type receipt details again. Unlimited receipt upload. Storage and auto-association of receipts to expenses”…That’s what they promise and that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Another great program for creating and managing your finances.
Yep, one more accounts app in need of your attention, however, this one is specifically designed for the smaller businesses.
Definitely worth taking a look.
Need to allow customers to book an appointment, holiday or just schedule your own time? Well, you’re in luck with BookingBug.
This online software allows you to add a secure and customised booking form to any website. They even send out appointment reminders to your clients, eliminating those pesky no-shows.
Access files from your PC, laptop and mobile phone with this free, file sharing app.
Basically, you store files in a Dropbox account, which can then be edited on all of your devices. So, if you work on a file on your laptop, any changes you save will synchronise on your PC and mobile. There is a limit to the storage space, but you can upgrade to a paid version if you need to.
Project manage your business to within an inch of its life with Trello, the free application for creating work boards, lists, cue cards, setting reminders and a whole lot more. Perfect for organising work, events and ideas.
So much more than an email service, MailChimp lets you create customised and branded newsletters and provides you with detailed reports on how they go down with your audience. A good way to improve how you talk to your clients.
Visualise and collate your ideas with this online white board. Ideal for preserving your creative output following a productive brainstorm session.
Keep track of who’s visiting your site, when they visit and where they come from with this essential statistics service from Google.
It can help you gauge just who your potential clients/customers are and give you an insight into how best to target them.
Manage all your social accounts in one place, schedule releases and view statistics on how your posts are being received.
Find out more about your Twitter followers, how impactful your tweets are and seek out new people to link up with this strangely named, but really useful application.
Nicely presented and easy to understand, you can even compare your statistics to that of your rivals.
Create polls and surveys to find out more about your clients and learn from the feedback with SurveyMonkey.
There are 15 different question ‘types’ to choose from and all forms can be customised to include branding.
Great for making long-distance calls, conference calls and video chats. It’s also free, which is going to save you a whole load of cash. Check it out here.
Keep all your contacts and social links in one place, so you can instantly get in touch with them by phone, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc…
It’s also a great way of expanding your network.
So, there you go. Have a play around, and all the best! Oh and when you do become massively successful, remember who gave you a helping hand.
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