Any small business owner would like to keep input costs to a minimum, and nothing beats free! Listed below are free business tools (click on the image to visit the site) that most business owners will use at some or other time.
This application makes it easy to store, access and modify documents, pictures, and videos online. With a 2MB free plan, it is to be recommended.
Google Docs & Apps
Also very handy to access documents from anywhere online with Google Drive with 5MB free storage. You can have an e-mail address end with @yourdomain for free through Google Apps.
A very handy project management tool that allows you to keep track of project, people, milestones, and online documents. It also has a time tracker tool. You can have up to 3 simultaneous projects for free.
This application keeps track of all your e-mails, and reminds you who to follow up. It can integrate with most CRM programs, and is useful even as a stand alone application. For more information, see my detailed post reviewing Contactually.
A questions and answers site for business owners where you can showcase your expertise or ask questions.
Free Conference Call
This allows you to make conference calls and host webinars for free. It also has a recording function, which is very useful.
The easy way to accept credit cards on the go on your iPhone, iPad, or ITouch. You pay per transaction in the same way as with Paypal.
An indispensable way of communicating online with business partners and clients internationally, either for free, or at a very reasonable rate.
A free newsletter email list for up to 2000 subscribers. A great way to stay in touch and build up your credibility as a small business owner.
A free accounting system which can be compared to Quickbooks and is specifically for small business owners and freelancers.
If you have come across any other really useful small business tools, please share them below.
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