Starting and managing a business is time-consuming as well as expensive. Thanks to technological advancements, there are numerous free online tools to help alleviate this problem. And they don’t cost a dime!
Hootsuite is a social media management tool. It schedules bulk posts, tracks mentions, the number of your social media followers across all platforms, specific posts generating the most clicks, and allows you to interact with your followers.
Its free plan is for 1 user, 3 social media profiles, and 30 scheduled messages, which is sufficient for any small business. This is one of the free online tools that is worth trying.
You might be an excellent business person, but chances are you are no graphic designer. Posters, marketing flyers, social media graphics, and brochures have to be crafted to improve your content’s visual appearance.
This is where Canva comes in!
With access to over 80,000 templates, up to 1GB photo storage, millions of photos starting at $1 each, or the option to upload your own photos, creating graphics like that of a professional designer is a possibility. There will be learning curves but they are not as hard as when you need to learn Photoshop or other graphics design tools.
Mailchimp comes with a built-in sign up, a drag and drop email template to customize campaigns, and a manage contacts feature. Its built-in sign up form (usually placed on the website’s sidebar) easily collects and imports subscribers.
It has a free plan suitable for small businesses that are starting out or companies with few subscribers as it permits sending 12,000 emails to not more than 2000 subscribers monthly. Make the most of these free online tools.
Google Keyword Planner
In this age of technology, a strong digital presence is crucial. Google Keyword Planner helps generate hundreds of long-tail keywords using the Google autocomplete so you can structure your content around words used most by your target audience. This, in turn, helps your website rank higher on search engines subsequently increasing traffic to your site.
Evernote allows you to take notes, store information or text, pictures, memos, files or audio, keep a journal, and allows sharing files with your clients and/or colleagues even if they don’t have Evernote accounts.
It automatically syncs across all your devices so you can always access it anywhere, anytime. In the event your phone dies, everything saved in Evernote will remain intact.
Trello is a project management tool which enables you to track your team’s files, tasks, and information all in one place. You and your team can log in and report how you’re progressing with your projects.
Its free plan permits attachment of files up to 10MB, one power-up board, and access to unlimited boards, cards, lists, members, and checklist.
At some point, managing customers will become tedious and things like customers’ contacts may slip through the cracks. Hubspot CRM automates and simplifies customer management. There are some free online tools similar to this but start with Hubspot CRM so you get to learn how systems like this works.
Hubspot CRM provides everything needed to track, organize, and nurture customer leads. It’s easy to use, has email tracking feature, stores up to one million contacts, and allows an unlimited number of users.
Dashlane safely stores all your passwords and personal information. Its free plan allows you to store up to 50 passwords, fill personal information so you won’t have to repeatedly enter it, and receive security alerts all on one device.
Clients have to be paid, invoices have to be sent, and accounting is time-consuming, not forgetting, quite a headache.
Wave manages transactions, tracks income and expenses, creates and scan invoices, and directly scan receipts into the system. Payment and payroll services is offered in its premium plan which costs $19/month.
Written content with visually appealing images get more engagements and clicks. However, you can’t just go to the web and pull out a picture – lest you want to be embroiled in copyright infringement legal issues. Professional stock services, on the other hand, are pricey.
Fortunately, sites like Pixabay, Flickr, Unsplash, and FreeImages have thousands of free non-copyrighted images. Next time you need an image for your blog post, head on to these sites.
There you have it – 10 free online tools to manage your business. Most have premium plans, by the way. Should the need for more features arise, upgrade to paid plans.
Written by Jonna Lindawan