The right tools can make your life so much simpler and boost your productivity. As an entrepreneur, a strict budget generally comes with the territory. Save your pennies and give these awesome tools a try this year.
1. Google Apps
Google seems to have an app for everything now. Their Gmail email system is free and currently the best out there for small business owners. Have your own website? You can still use Gmail for your own “@domainname.com” address. Try out Google Docs, Drive, and Calendar.
Evernote allows you to concentrate all of your notes into one area that you can access on your computer, tablet or phone. How often do you come across web pages that you wish you could save? Download their Firefox add-on and “clip” online pages on the go.
Enloop is a program that you can use to create a kicking business plan that will make your company shine. Their AutoWriting program makes plan creation a breeze. Some other benefits include forecasts and business comparisons.
Music has motivational and sometimes relaxing qualities. When things just aren’t going your way put on a calming instrumental or classical station. Feeling weak and defeated? Get those upbeat tunes playing. Pandora is one of the best online radios out there.
5. Facebook, Pinterest, Tumbler, Twitter, LinkedIn
Honestly, if you aren’t already part of these websites go make an account now. Social media is taking off and you will be left behind if you don’t hop on this year. Nearly every social media platform is free and easy to get started with.
6. Free Conference Call
Video conferences and webinars are spreading like wildfire. Whether you are hosting an educational webinar for customers or meeting with employees and partners, try out Free Conference Call.
If you own a business in which clients or customers have to make appointments, Appointy well be an invaluable tool. You can schedule appointments from your computer, tablet or phone at anytime. Integrate Appointy into your website and let clients book their own appointments!
Email marketing is important in nearly any campaign. If you need to put together a mail list, Mailchimp can simplify the entire process. Their free plan offers a ton of features and up to 2,000 subscribers. Premium plans are available if you need some more power.
Try out the FreshBooks free plan and get your finances under control. You can now access your account on your mobile phone or tablet device. FreshBooks also allows you to receive payment on the go.
Dropbox allows you to easily transfer and share documents, pictures, and videos. This service works similarly to an online drive and is very secure. Dropbox now has mobile apps so you can view and share documents while you are away from your computer.
There are hundreds of free tools out there to aid in everything from note-taking to social media. What are you go-to tools?
Adam Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Matthew. Adam is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.
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