Entrepreneurs have limited resources - regardless of how successful they are. When just starting out, your money supply may be low. Even after launching a successful business, time becomes a concern.
There are thousands of tool out there that can help solve most of your startup problems or daily business headaches. But, here are my fifteen personal favorites that I’ve found to be essential.
Do you want a custom Twitter header, business card, infographic, or slideshow, but don’t have the design skills to do accomplish these tasks? Canva takes care of these problems by offering a wide variety of templates for free - there some templates and features that cost $1.
Communication is vital for businesses. In the past, we relied on emails and instant/direct messages, but now there’s Slack. This tool is basically a virtual chat room where you can send messages, notifications, or files to individuals or the entire group. You can try Slack for free, but after that, monthly plans start at just $6.67.
Inisghtly is an easy to use Customer Relationship & Project Management Software that helps small businesses run their businesses smoother. Now at the flip of a button you can manage leads, contacts, organizations, partners, vendors and suppliers. See everything from background, email history, events, projects or opportunities.
As you get your startup up and running, you’ll have to give-up control on certain tasks and hand over the reigns to people who have the skills that you may not possess. If you’re not in the situation to hire even part-time employees then you can use UpWork to locate talented freelancers in fields like writing, web design, customer service reps, or virtual assistants. If you can’t find a freelancer on UpWork, there are hundreds of other freelance marketplaces to explore.
This is a popular tool that records how visitors are using your website by seeing task like mouse movement or scrolling. This gives you a better understanding about what users are looking for and which parts of your site they’re looking at. It may not seem like a big deal, making small changes on your site that your customers prefer, but these are the small and fairly easy changes which can eventually lead to revenue growth for your business.
Staying productive as an entrepreneur can get challenging when you’re busy going through non-essential emails like social media notifications. SaneBox allows you to create separate folders for various recipients. You could create a folder for investors, family members, and employees. This allows you to prioritize your emails so you know which messages deserve your immediate attention and which once you can delete or ignore.
Intercom is a handy tools that actually gives you the opportunity to talk with your customers and potential customers. It comes equipped with features like a live chat, marketing automation, and customer support. You can try Intercom for free for 14 days. After that, you’ll have to select a package, such as the cometel set for $61 per month.
With Surveymonkey you can can send out survey's to your customers or leads so that you can gain valuable feedback on your products or services. Even after you’re used Surveymonkey to conduct market research, you can keep using it for things like determining customer satisfaction. You can send 10 questions for free and plans then start at $26 per month.
This awesome service creates “recipes” for you that end-up saving you a ton of time and money. For example, if you wanted to keep track of new contacts then every time you add a new contact into your iPhone it will automatically add that contact to a Google Spreadsheet. Another “recipe” would be whenever you add a new Facebook profile image it will automatically change your Twitter profile image to the new image.
SEMrush is one of the most popular and recommended tools for online marketers because it allows them to conduct an SEO audit, provides social media analytics, monitor brand mentions, and find the keywords that competitors are ranking for. For entrepreneurs, all of this information can be used for research and how to determine the effects of a marketing campaign.
Formerly known as Zenpayroll, Gusto takes care of payroll, employee on-boarding, and tax-filing in one location. It was designed specifically with small businesses in mind so it’s affordable ($36 per month plus $6 per employee), easy-to-use, and handles all of your payroll, benefits, and HR needs so that you can focus on growing your business.
12. Google Docs
Google’s office suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, slides, and forms so that you can create, share, and collaborate with others on files. It’s basically free, secure, and allows you to store files, photos, and videos in one convenient location. By downloading the app, you can also work from any device so that you can continue working no matter where you are in the world.
As you grow, it’s harder to stay close to your customers. That’s where Typeform comes in. Conduct market research, execute a lead generation campaign, or tell a captivating story. Add some personality using images, gifs, and video to keep people hooked. The beautiful chat-like interface engages people in a conversational way. Data collection never looked so good. Explore it for free—no email required.