When running your own business, you are wearing lots of hats at the same time and it requires a lot of time and energy to focus on all the different aspects of the role. Fortunately, there are some great free online resources available to make your life easier – we put together a list of the ones we love the most:
Money Dashboard is a personal financial assistant that shows you exactly where money goes and helps you make better decisions. You can use it to connect to all your current accounts, savings accounts and credit cards from whichever institutions you bank with, all together in one secure place.
Wave delivers innovative financial services and award-winning free software to small- and micro-businesses around the world. By providing access to improving cash flow , delivering money to employees, helping businesses get paid , preparing for tax time and providing business insights , Wave covers the spectrum of a small business owner’s financial life.
Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google which includes messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features. It replaces three messaging products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Google Talk, Google+ Messenger (formerly: Huddle), and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+.
Skype gives you better ways to chat, call, and plan things to do with the people in your team every day. Users may transmit both text and video messages, and exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype also allows video conference calls.
Slack is a collaboration hub for teamwork, where the right people are always kept in the loop and key information is always at their fingertips. Work in Slack happens in channels, so all the right people can be included, all relevant information kept in one place, and new team members are able to get up to speed easily.
Wrike’s project management tool gets distributed and co-located teams working together so that projects are completed faster to save time and money.
Paymo offers a full set of tools that help teams and individuals reduce stress levels while working, create better plans and schedules, and overcome uncertainty.
CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
Streak is the only CRM built entirely within your Gmail to help you get things done. Whether you want to close more deals, manage partnerships, or track support issues, Streak helps you focus on what matters most to your business – without ever leaving your inbox.
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.
More than 16 million people and businesses around the world use MailChimp’s marketing tools to reach customers and grow their business. Their features and integrations give you the power to create beautiful marketing emails, automated messages, and targeted ad campaigns.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Buffer is an intuitive, streamlined social media management platform trusted by brands, businesses, agencies, and individuals to help drive meaningful engagement and results on social media. Buffer has a suite of products for publishing, engagement, analytics, and team collaboration.
Hootsuite is a social media management platform which supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube. Additional integrations are available via Hootsuite’s App Directory, including Reddit, Storify, Tumblr, and Marketo.
Bitly is a URL shortening service and a link management platform. The company Bitly shortens 600 million links per month, for use in social networking, SMS, and email.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging, but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores.
Wix’s technology empowers millions of businesses, organizations, professionals and individuals to take their businesses, brands and workflow online. Wix ADI, the Wix Editor and a highly curated App Market enable users to build and manage a fully integrated and dynamic digital presence.
FILE SHARING AND STORAGE
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronisation service developed by Google, allowing users to store files on their servers, synchronise files across devices, and share files.
Dropbox can create a special folder on the user’s computer, the contents of which are then synchronised to Dropbox’s servers and to other computers and devices that the user has installed Dropbox on, keeping the same files up-to-date on all devices. Dropbox uses a freemium business model, where users are offered a free account with a set storage size, with paid subscriptions available that offer more capacity and additional features.
WeTransfer is a cloud-based computer file transfer service. The core service is free, with more features available for premium accounts. Free users can send files up to 2GB; WeTransfer ‘Plus’ allows transferring without size limitations and offers features like password protection, channel customisation and 500 GB storage.
Toggl is an online time tracking tool, which is extremely popular among freelancers, consultants, and small companies. It allows users to track the time spent on various projects and analyse productivity. It’s internet-based and can be up and running from scratch in less than a minute. Toggl has real time sync with web tracker, desktop widgets and mobile Apps.
RescueTime is a platform for understanding your attention on your digital devices. It’s important for knowledge workers to understand the ever-increasing time they spend staring at a screen, and be able to take steps to optimise their work days for maximum efficiency, balance and happiness.