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Helpful Free Business Tools

Running a business is challenging at the best of times.  Juggling and prioritising your time is paramount.  With this in mind, we have put together a list of free handy business tools to help the busy owner/manager.

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  1. Working remotely and need to send large files to colleagues or customers? They’re too large for email and you don’t have the time to mess around with sending a pen drive.  There are a number of tools available.  One is WeTransfer (wetransfer.com).  It is a free and very simple way of sending files up to 2GB quickly and securely.  There is also a handy app for your smartphone.
  2. Social media is essential to the modern business, but many small business owners don’t have the time to manage their social media output effectively. Buffer (buffer.com) is a handy free (for 1 user) tool to assist you with managing your social media content.  You can schedule posts and interact with your audience across different accounts, plus get valuable analytics on how your social media campaigns are performing.
  3. In addition to Buffer, another handy tool to help manage your social media output is Bitly (https://bitly.com/), which allows you to shorten, link and measure your marketing efforts.
  4. Keeping up to date and comprehensive information on your customers is a must for any business, but many customer relationship management (CRM) software packages are costly. Zoho (zoho.com) is free, forever for up to 10 users.  Store and manage customer data, contact info, sales progress and social interactions, create leads and activities and set priorities to organise your day.
  5. Editing and design tools can be extremely expensive, but to help create a professional image they can be a must if you don’t want to pay large design fees to a professional design agency. Pixlr Editor (http://pixlr.com) provides free editing, cropping, and design tools for digital photos and imagery. Web-based and lightweight, it’s an easily accessible and cost-free way to make great looking images.
  6. Cashflow is the lifeblood of any business, so keeping tight control of your finances is a must. Many accounting and finance packages cost a great deal of money, but Mint (mint.com) is an incredibly clever tool that is available completely free. After giving Mint permission to view your financial data via your online banking account, the software will begin to learn your spending habits, categorize your expenditures and even manage budgets for you.

Free tools do of course have their limitations and may not be suited to every business, but for some they will be ideal and for others, a stopgap or stepping stone.

I hope you find them useful!

For advice and more help with improving productivity in your business through the use of technology give us a call!  We’re always happy to chat.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Rod Glenn About Us

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