Managing a small business requires a lot of time and resources. No doubt you will learn as you go, but there are a number of great free resources out there that can make your learning journey more productive. Here are a few I tried and tested in the past and I believe that they can make your life easier. There are many others out there, the only reason why the didn’t make the list is because I don`t want to recommend any tools I haven`t tried myself. I would love to hear your suggestions so please feel free to share in the comments below.
This free online UK personal finance management service allows you to view all your online financial accounts in one place. The platform is powered by Yodlee, the account aggregation service used by many of the world`s leading banks and financial institutions. You can not only view, but also analyse past transactions and budget for the future.
This cloud-based software for small businesses offers invoicing, accounting, payroll, payments and personal finance services. The service is built for nine or less employees meaning it`s ideal for freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs and any business owners with less that nine team members.
Hangouts is Google`s very own communication platform which includes instant messaging, video, SMS and VOIP. It`s a great free tool, not only for communication with your team but also for marketing webinars.
Skype provides free video chat and voice call services and allows its users to exchange digital documents as images, text, video and any others. Much of the service is free, however if you are planning to use it for calls to mobile or landline phones, credit purchase is required.
GoToMeeting is a web-based online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing software that enables you to meet with other computer users, clients or colleagues in real time. Different pricing and plans available for different size businesses, freelancers and consultants get free access.
The free email marketing service accessible both via the website and a mobile app serves more that 10 million users. The features and integrations allow you to send marketing emails, automated messages and targeted email campaigns and provide detailed reports to help you improve over time.
Another great email marketing platform with easy to use tools that can be leveraged for marketing campaigns of all scales. The platform is big on reporting and ROI and plays well with other platforms like SalesForce. You might also find their resource library useful as they share a lot of insight via downloadable marketing reports and case studies, as well as events and blogs.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Buffer lets you to schedule you social media updates via Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook. With the free subscription you can get up to 10 updates per day – if you want to increase the volume, paid subscription options are available. A great feature of the platform is that it automatically shortens your html links to fit a tweet restriction.
The platform provides free social media update scheduling service with great reporting features. With the free subscription you can get up to 3 social profiles with basic analytic reports and scheduling and the ow.ly URL shortener. Hootsuite provides a lot of resources via their whitepapers, toolkits, webinars and videos.
Bit.ly is a link management platform. The platform shortens 600 million links per month for use in social networking, SMS, and email.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system WordPress is the most popular blogging system with more than 60 million websites. The web-based platform is a user-friendly tool that allows you to use a variety from sophisticated features – quite a lot of them completely free.
Wix is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create web sites and mobile sites through the use of their online drag and drop tools. Wix is built on a freemium business model, earning its revenue through premium upgrades. Similar to WordPress, users must purchase premium packages in order to connect their sites to their own domains, remove ads, add e-commerce capabilities and buy extra data storage and bandwidth.
Weebly is a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder, hosting over 20 million sites with a monthly rate of over 1 million unique visitors. The platform is very user friendly and ideal to build simple websites for small businesses.
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronisation service allowing its users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators.
Dropbox is a file hosting service providing cloud storage, file synchronisation, personal cloud, and client software. The service allows users to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronises so that it appears to be the same folder regardless of which device is used to view it.
Box is an online file sharing and content management service for. The platform uses a freemium business model, and provides up to 10 GB of free storage for personal accounts.
FREELANCE JOB BOARDS
Freelancer is a global crowdsourcing marketplace, where employers and employees are able to find each other. The site allows employers to post work to get done. Anybody is then able to offer quotes to complete the project, upon which point the original employer is able to award the work.
Another crowdsourcing market place for freelancers with about 250,000 active users, of whom 180,000 are freelancers and 70,000 who are clients. The majority of clients using the services are small companies that do not want to hire full-time professional resources.
Currently the site offers over 5,000 free stock photos and every month at least 600 new high-resolution photos will be added. All photos are handpicked from photos uploaded by their users or sourced from free image websites. All published pictures are high quality and licensed under CC0.
The site offers free high-resolution stock photos, for personal and commercial use. New pictures are added weekly.