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10 Terrific Tools for Small Businesses

10 Terrific Tools for Small Businesses

When you are running your own business, you can use all of the help you can get. Sometimes, this help comes in the form of amazing tools that you can find online, many of which are quite inexpensive to use (and even free in some cases). Here are our top 10 picks.

1. Wave

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    Here you will find all kinds of applications for financing for small businesses that have nine employees or fewer. Many services, including accounting, invoicing, and receipts, are free, and payroll application fees start at $9 per month.

    2. Cabertel

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      This is one of the better cloud service providers, and you can get a great package for a relatively low rate. This is the ideal provider for startups, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs who are operating small businesses. You can lower your business phone bills by as much as 60 percent, and you will have Smartphone app solutions as well as fully managed US support.

      3. SupplierComplete

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        It can be difficult to find the best cloud services for your small business, because there are too many great deals out there, and so many different providers. Get the information you need to make the best decision at Supplier Complete, where you can compare prices, read reviews and articles, and a whole lot more.

        4. Slack

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          This internal messaging app offers real-time messaging, file sharing, and more. You can get a free account for up to five integrations and 10K message searchable archive. There are also paid plans that start at $6.67 per user, per month.

          5. Sococo

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            This tool gives you the advantages of having an actual office, without needing to pay for an office and the rest of the overhead that goes with it. You will be able to see who is working, as well as text, audio, and video chat with colleagues, and make conference calls from anywhere. There is a free starter plan, and then you can check out the various subscription rates from there.

            6. Insightly

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              This is a customer relationship management system that is perfect for small businesses. With it, you can manage organizations, contacts, vendors, suppliers, partners, etc. You can see all of the information on your contacts, and use project management features such as creating tasks and automated reminders. Insightly is free for up to three users, and costs $7 per month for more users.

              7. Desk.com

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                This tool provides you with all of the customer support your small business needs. You will have the tools you need to help your customers as quickly as possible, make it easy for them to troubleshoot problems with their own cases, and more. Plans start at just $30 per month.

                8. Enloop

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                  Creating a business plan is not the easiest thing in the world to do, and this tool can help you with that. You will be able to create a business plan that looks professional, and even includes a three-year financial forecast report. You will get a free business plan score that will help you tweak your plan to make it the best it can possibly be. The first business plan is free, and then subscription rates for extra business plans and more features are quite affordable.

                  9. Pablo

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                    You need to create marketing items, but not everyone is great at graphic design. This tool can really help you with that. You will be able to have amazing images for your social media campaigns that are created from your text. It only takes 30 seconds to get these images, and it is so easy that even an adult can do it (children seem to have more computer skills these days).

                    10. Expensify

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                      Here is a tool that will help make creating expense reports a whole lot easier. You can simply the process via smart scanning of receipts, track expenses, and enjoy one-click reimbursement options. There is a free basic plan, and a 30-day free trial of the team and corporate plans.

                      Featured photo credit: markus spiske via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                      30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                      Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

                      Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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                      1. Visit a strawberry festival

                      Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

                      2. Have a picnic

                      Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

                      3. Camp in your back yard

                        The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

                        4. Take long walks

                        Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

                        5. Break a world record

                        Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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                        6. Go on a bike ride

                        The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

                        7. Join a gym class

                          The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                          8. Find a new hobby

                          The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                          9. Join a sports team

                          Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                          10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                            Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                            11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                            Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                            12. Visit a free festival

                            Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                            13. Visit the zoo

                              Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                              14. Take a road trip

                              Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                              15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                                Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                                16. Make your own ice cream

                                Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                                17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                                  When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                                  18. Get a summer job

                                  For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                                  19. Attend a charity event

                                  Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                                  20. Visit a national park

                                  National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                                  21. Visit your local comedy club

                                    Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                                    22. Make your own hammock

                                      Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                                      23. Read in your new hammock

                                      Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                                      24. Watch a movie outside

                                      Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                                      25. Take a hike

                                        Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                                        26. Learn how to fly a kite

                                        As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                                        27. Work out at the park

                                        American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                                        28. Take your dog to the beach

                                          One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                          29. Make a summer smoothie

                                          Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                          30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                          No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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