Starting a small business is a challenge, but it can be less challenging when you are using the right tools. Luckily, there are several tools and resources online that are great for all entrepreneurs. The problem is, you have to wade through them all to find the best ones, and with thousands of tools out there, it can be really difficult to figure out which ones are going to be best for your small business. Well, we have done that for you. Here are our top 10 picks for online tools and resources for new small business owners.
1. Square Up
This is a tool you need that will let you run your business from anywhere you can find an Internet connection. Tools include mobile point-of-sale and online invoicing, as well as next-day deposits and inventory management. Also Square Up works offline.
You need email marketing, and Aweber will provide you with the support you need to create your email list, keep things fresh, and send out regular updates to clients. You can make a lot of money through email marketing, and this is the tool that will help you succeed. Aweber has a 30-day free trial.
For all of your project management needs, Asana is the tool for you. You will have in-app storage, be able to sync up with Google Docs and other external providers, and receive/send notifications for team members.
You may need a PBX phone system, and if so, you need to choose the best provider. At Virtual PBX, you can check out reviews of all the top providers, and learn what you need to know in order to make the best choice.
This is a tool that will help you create forms, and a whole lot more. You can integrate third-party services such as payments within forms, which is going to make your life easier and save you money. Use Wufoo to create simple forms, or full application forms for new orders quickly and easily.
How would you like to have all of your small business tools and software system completely organized? Startup Stash will help you to do just that. This is a large, curated directory with loads of tools and software programs to search through. It is well-organized, and categories are simply marked so everything is easy to use. Categories include Naming, Marketing, Customer Support, and Analytics.
Manage your social media easily with Hootsuite. It will let you manage your social networks, schedule messaging, keep your audience engaged, and even measure ROI directly from the dashboard.
Here you will find a list of funding opportunities, such as accelerator programs. You will also find a link to a Facebook group for startups, founders, and angels, and this is a great way for you to start really getting into networking. You will need to do a bit of research, but at least everything you need for funding is all in one place so you don’t have to search all over the Internet.
You can really outpace your competition when you are using Echosign. It will let you add Document Cloud eSign services to your business processes, as well as drive your new small business as much as five times faster.
While not exactly a tool, AngelList is something that you really should be utilizing for your business. It will let you enlist products and job openings, and even search for possible investors. This is a great way to find new recruits, investors, and others who are going to help you succeed in your small business endeavors.
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