There has never been a better time to be in business for yourself. So many resources to help you in your entrepreneurial journey. Coaches to guide you as you build your business. Virtual assistants are just a click away, ready to tackle those tasks you’ve decided to outsource. And, best of all, tech tools to help you streamline your processes, automate your operations and connect you to clients. LOVE IT.
As responsible entrepreneurs and small business owners, we have to be focused on managing our budgets. Just because all those services and tools are out there, doesn’t mean we can afford to use them. At least not right now. So, here are five free tech tools to consider for your business.
- Dropbox – Dropbox is a free service that lets you take all your photos, documents and videos anywhere. This means any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. It’s also a great tool for sharing files that are too big to email. Just save it to your Dropbox and give the recipient access. This tool gives you the freedom you need to work anywhere.
- Highrise – Keeping track of your customers and potential customers is crucial if you want to grow your biz. Highrise is a customer relationship manager designed to help you keep track of your contacts, specifically what you spoke about and when you need to follow up. You can even specify events, like birthdays and anniversaries. Sending your wishes on these days really shows you value your clients.
- Mailchimp – MailChimp helps you design and distribute email newsletters. It’s like having your own personal publishing platform. A free account gives you the ability to send 12,000 emails per month. Spreading the word about your company just got easier.
- Wave Accounting – Wave is all about making your accounting affordable, easy and accessible. It’s a cloud-based service, which means you can access it from anywhere you have an internet connection. Wave provides a whole slate of services your accountant will need, from invoicing to tracking accounts receivables. It even provides you with weekly reports sent directly to your email inbox. A nice touch!
- Skype – The cost of making long distance calls can really add up. Calling anyone, anywhere on Skype is free when they’re on Skype too. Add all of your colleagues, clients and suppliers to Skype and call them for free. You can use your voice or video. Now, you can connect face-to-face with clients all over the world.
What free tech tools do you use to help your business run more efficiently? Share your comments below and join the conversation.