The Small Business Toolbox: 6 Free Online Tools
Small business owners love to save time and money. That’s why it pays to have tools that not only work for you, but don’t break the bank to do it. Check out these valuable online tools that don’t cost a thing.
Running a business means having tons of things to do and never enough time to do them. That’s where Evernote steps in.
Evernote, with all its features, can make your business (or even your personal life) more manageable. Many use it to quickly save any thoughts or ideas that come up during the work day, but, it does much more than just take notes:
- Quickly create to-do lists
- Easily save web pages to read later
- Store documents with the click of a button
Evernote also syncs across all your devices, so you can work from anywhere without missing a beat.
Need to share a huge file that’s too big to send via email? Want to access your files from anywhere? Well, Dropbox is a simple and easy way to do it — for free. Dropbox ends the challenge of storing and syncing files on different devices and computers. With a free account, you get up to 2GB of space and you can easily save all your documents to the cloud — letting you access them from anywhere, and share them with anyone
Over 2 million people trust Canva to help them quick design tasks. Designed to help the Average Joe create eye-catching imagery, using Canva can help your brand stand out in a cool way. Not only is it completely free (you only need to pay for any stock photos you use), but it’s easy to use, has a large selection of templates, and is chock-full of free graphics and icons. And, if you need inspiration, take a look at their free online design school, packed with design tips for non-designers.
Skype is the gold standard for video conferencing. All you need is an internet connection and a computer (a cell phone or tablet works, too) with a camera, speakers, and a microphone. If you need your employees or clients to feel as though you’re all in the same room, even if you’re miles away, video conferencing between Skype accounts is the perfect solution.
Your email list is your most valuable and important collection of customers (both current and potential), and it’s crucial for your small business to find a way to build and manage that list. MailChimp to the rescue! With drag-and-drop features, dozens of free templates, and the ability to customize your email campaigns, this tool has the potential to revolutionize your marketing. Not bad for zero dollars.
Ever wanted to send an email on a Friday but didn’t want it to get lost in the recipient’s mailbox over the weekend? Boomerang is a third-party Gmail add-on that allows you to take FULL control of when you send and receive emails. You can schedule when you want your emails to be sent, ensuring that you hit their inbox right when you want to.
It also gives you the ability to “boomerang” emails back to yourself. If there’s an email in your inbox that you can’t tackle right now, you can select when you’ll have time to look at it again and Boomerang will archive it. When the time comes, Boomerang will bring it back to your inbox.
Have you ever wished you could remind yourself to follow up with the all the people you email every week? Boomerang can shoot you a reminder to follow up with them directly to your inbox.
Join the over 350,000 small businesses worldwide who are already using Boomerang and tame your inbox.
So, what are you waiting for? They’re all FREE!
Get out there and test these tools, and see what works for your business. Whether you decide to use one or all of them, having any of them in place will put you well on your way to having a lot more time and energy to focus on what’s most important – running your business!