One of the largest time drains for start-up business is the time drain associated with getting the work done. Many times this can be solved with tools designed to help productivity, but when you’re new, finding the cash to shell out for great tools is sometimes a problem.
Fortunately for you, there are a number of really useful free tools to help small businesses get going. And don’t be fooled into assuming that because they are free, they are short on features and usability. They are not. Try them out for yourself! I mean, they’re free, so you haven’t got much to lose!
7 Useful and free tools for your small business
Google Drive and Docs - Google has made available an exceptionally versatile suite of tools in Google Docs and Drive. It is essentially an online replacement for the Microsoft Word packages, and offers a healthy storage capacity as well.
Make a Free Conference Call - An application that offers you a platform for making free conference calls, and even records them for you. An excellent, free solution.
Zoho CRM - Customer relationship management software is expensive, but not this one. Zoho gives it to you for free for up to 3 employees.
Dropbox - You can store up to 2 GB of data here for free, and allows you to access files and data stored in the cloud.
MailChimp email client - MailChimp is a free email platform that has many of the features you’ll find in the top dogs, but for free, up to 2,000 subscribers. A perfect platform for building a list and getting your feet wet with email marketing.
Trello project management software - Track your projects, to-do lists and completed tasks in this easy to use free software. A very good startup tool.
Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools - These two free tools from Google are worth their weight in gold. Analytics will give you incredible insights into your own business, while Webmaster tools will help keep you on the right side of Google.
There are many more free tools available, but start with some of these, and watch your productivity soar!
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