Resources

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

There are many Small Business Resources out there that can help to keep costs down and save loads of time, allowing you to on running your business properly.

There are plenty of free or low-cost tools out there that help small businesses to do those everyday tasks that much quicker and simpler. But the biggest problem is usually trying to work out which one offers the best solution.

So I compiled a list of recommended small business resources to check out. I’ve even included a couple of sites you can use to promote your business in the offline world. Not all will be of use depending on the type of business your in but hopefully there will be something on the list that will help your business.

 

Cloud Storage.

Google Drive/Docs: Google delivers this free tool which allows you store up to 15GB in each free account as well as offering a free web-based word processor and spreadsheet. This is great for organizing your business and getting all your documents in one place.

Dropbox: If you need to store loads of files and photos then Dropbox is an ideal solution to get them both off your hard drive and into a space where you can share them with others.

 

Communications.

Skype for Business: Allows you to make free calls amongst other Skype account users.With Skype you can make Internet calls to whoever you want for free (assuming they also have Skype) or for a small fee if to a landline. Is ideally suited to start-ups who want to keep the cost of calls down. It is also ideally suited to facilitating communication when people are geographically dispersed.

General Office Applications

Open Office: A solid alternative to Microsoft Office and iWork. It’s open source software, so it’s constantly in development, being tweaked, and modified to suit user’s needs.

RightSignature:  You can upload contracts, invoices, or estimates and get them electronically signed by clients, rather than sending by fax.

Freshbooks: For all your invoicing and accounting needs then Freshbooks becomes an ideal fit for small businesses. It’s simplicity and time saving features makes it very popular with business users.

 

Information,Tips and Advice.

Microsoft Small Business Center: A vehicle for selling various Microsoft small-business products, this site also provides plenty of excellent information and advice entirely for free. If you’re starting or running your own small business, Microsoft’s Small Business Center is an excellent place to learn from the experts.

Facebook for Business: Is where you can go to read case studies and strategies that other small business owners are using to gain momentum on Facebook. The site provides some ideas to get out of any marketing rut.

Google and Your Business: Google’s very own business blog that offers tips and tricks for managing your business with Google’s solutions. Most every business, including Google, starts small. These days, technology is giving businesses even more ways to grow bigger… faster.

 

Marketing Tools.

Google Analytics: As a small business or start up, it is important to understand how many people visit your website, what they are doing when they arrive and how long they are staying. All of this data is available for free using Google Analytics. The amount of information you can find out about your target audience makes it a powerful tool for your business.

Mailchimp: This is a fantastic tool, delivering well thought out, professional email campaigns. Not only can you send emails, but you can build a mailing list by attaching a sign-up box to your website or via a newsletter form at the end of each blog post for instance. Mailchimp offer a free plan for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month.

Survey Monkey: Put your finger on the pulse of your customers with this free basic service. Create and publish custom online surveys to gather data you can use. A great way to know more about your target audience.

 

 

Online Payments.

PayPal: Perhaps the best-known payment system, PayPal allows web sites to receive and send money electronically. Business owners and customers find PayPal easy to use and very secure.

Scheduling

Appointy: An online appointment management tool. This is online scheduling software that allows you to accept appointments booked directly on your website.

 

Security.

Strong Password Generator: This security tool creates random strong passwords of any desired length.

 

Offline.

Vistaprint: Whether it’s business cards, pens, mugs or T-shirts, Vistaprint have an impressive range of physical products in which to promote your business.

Moo Cards: If your looking for quality business cards that are attractive and professional then Moo Cards is the place to go. Moo business cards ensure that your business stands out .

 

Hope you found something that will make running your business that little easier. Keep referring back to this page as I’m always on the look out for further small business resources. Tek Promotions also offer a free consultation so feel free to get in touch if you are looking for more ways to improve your online presence.