50 essential resources for small business owners

Running your own business requires a lot of time and effort – and since you are handling many job roles in one, we put together a list of tools that could help to make your life easier:

FINANCE

Money Dashboard

This free online UK personal finance management service allows you to view all your online financial accounts in one place. You can not only view, but also analyse past transactions and budget for the future.

 Waveapps

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.

Xero

Xero is online accounting software for small businesses. Use Xero to manage invoicing, bank reconciliation, bookkeeping & more.

COMMUNICATION

Google Hangouts

Hangouts is Google`s very own communication platform which includes instant messaging, video, SMS and VOIP.

Skype

Skype provides free video chat and voice call services and allows its users to exchange digital documents as images, text, video and any others.

GoToMeeting

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.

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect web conferencing software service offers immersive online meeting experiences for collaboration, virtual classrooms and large scale webinars.

Slack

Slack is a cloud-based set of team collaboration tools and services. Slack offers persistent chat rooms organized by topic, as well as private groups and direct messaging. All content inside Slack is searchable, including files, conversations, and people.

Deekit

Deekit is a collaborative canvas, a whiteboard where your team can draw, write, edit or add other content together in real-time. It’s an unlimited space that sets you no limits, you can work on things visually together on any device no matter where you are.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Wrike

Wrike is a work management and collaboration platform used by high-performance teams everywhere.

Paymo

A modern and intuitive app for project-based businesses that helps your team manage projects through their entire life cycle.

CRM

Insightly

Insightly provides customer relationship management software for small and midsize businesses. With more than 1.5 million users worldwide, Insightly is the world’s most popular CRM software for Google and Office 365 users.

Streak

Streak is a spreadsheet-style customer relationship management plug-in for Gmail that supports both Google Chrome and Safari web browsers.

MARKETING AUTOMATION

Marketo

Powerful and easy marketing automation software that helps marketing and sales professionals drive revenue and improve marketing accountability.

Oracle Eloqua

Oracle Eloqua equips marketers with best in class lead and campaign management tools that help marketers engage the right audience at the right time in the buyer’s journey while providing real time reporting and insights.

HubSpot Marketing

HubSpot Marketing brings your team and all your tools and data together in one place. You can design your web pages, landing pages, emails, and blog posts without web developers. It helps to grow traffic by publishing relevant content in less time with SEO, blogging, and social media tools.

Pardot

Pardot is B2B marketing automation by Salesforce, empowering marketing and sales teams to work together to generate more — and better — leads, close deals faster, and optimise the customer lifecycle.

EMAIL MARKETING

MailChimp

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.

DotMailer

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.

iContact

iContact allows you to create, track, and send html based emails and social media messages. The platform also integrates with  Salesforce.com and Google Analytics.

Boomerang

Schedule emails to send at optimal times, snooze messages, get read receipts & follow up reminders if someone doesn’t respond to your email.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT

Buffer

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.

Hootsuite

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.

Bit.ly

Bit.ly is a link management platform. The platform shortens 600 million links per month for use in social networking, SMS, and email.

IFTTT

IFTTT is a free web-based service that people use to create chains of simple conditional statements triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Edgar

Edgar is a smart scheduler who reuses your best content to bring in more views – all you have to do is create a categorised content library and schedule content by category. The platform will do the rest.

WEB DEVELOPMENT

WordPress

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

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.

Squarespace

Squarespace is a software as a service-based content management system-integrated website builder, blogging platform, hosting service, commerce platform, and domain name registrar. The system allows individuals and businesses to create and maintain websites, blogs, and online stores

Weebly

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.

FILE SHARING AND STORAGE

Google Drive

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

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

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.

WeTransfer

WeTransfer is a cloud-based computer file transfer service. The core service is free, with more features available for premium accounts.

TIME TRACKING

Toggl

Toggl’s time tracker is built for speed and ease of use. Time logging with Toggl is so simple that you’ll actually use it. Toggl drives a stake in the heart of timesheets.

Rescue Time

With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it’s easy to get scattered. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.

FREELANCE JOB BOARDS

Freelancer

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.

PeoplePerHour

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.

Upwork

Upwork allows clients to interview, hire and work with freelancers for jobs on app and software development, engineering and data science, creative services such as graphic design and writing, business and administrative.

Elevate 

Elevate is an online marketplace where professional contractors and freelancers can apply for jobs from organisations looking to hire their skills directly. Elevate also includes an online toolkit to manage timesheets, contracts and other paperwork in the cloud.

Onsite

OnSite is a curated marketplace of freelance opportunities, matched to qualified, available talent. Freelancers can see posted jobs, and those that are a good match are able to view the employer’s company website and state their interest in a position.

Guru

You create a profile and define the freelance services you want to offer and employers will find you by these services when they search for freelancers to hire.

STOCK PHOTOS

Pexels 

Currently covering over 30,000 free stock photos and every month at least 3,000 new high resolution photos will be added. All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by users or sourced from free image websites. All published pictures are high-quality and licensed under CC0.

Pixabay

Pixabay.com is an international website for sharing high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage. As of September 2016, Pixabay offers over 750,000 free photos, illustrations, and vectors and 3,100 videos.

Life of Pix

The site offers free high-resolution stock photos, for personal and commercial use. New pictures are added weekly.

Death to the Stock Photo

The site offers free, high res photos delivered to your email every month.  A % of the profit from Premium Memberships pours right back into our community, to fund photography trips, creative projects, and adventures for our members around the world.

StockSnap

StockSnap is a great place to find free stock photos.Pictures are of high quality, high resolution and added  on a daily basis.

Unsplash

Another great place for high resolution stock photography without copyright restrictions.

Picjumbo

Picjumbo is a free stock photo site created in 2013 by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek.

Gratisography

Free high-resolution pictures for your personal and commercial projects. All pictures are free of copyright restrictions.

 

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