There are tons of free tools that can help small business owners run their businesses more efficiently. Of course, not all free tools are created equally. We’ve tried to compile a list of those that offer the most bang for no bucks so you can keep your budget, and your business, under control.
This one is huge. It offers virtually full online accounting function at absolutely no cost. In addition, you can create reports, create and scan invoices, and even scan receipts. If you need more, payments for the paid version start at $19/month and included auto direct deposits and more.
Avast Free Anitvirus
There are plenty of free virus protection programs out there, but this one beats the rest. It offers really good protections and is totally free.
If you have multiple social media accounts for your business, as you should, then you need this. The free version of HootSuite allows you to track what is being said about you on multiple social media accounts, and track posts to see how many clicks and likes they have. Upgrade to one of three plan options as needed.
Scannable by Evernote
Evernote is definitely a useful tool all on its own, and it now offers “Scannable,” which allows for the scanning of business cards and other documents with nothing but a mobile phone that has a camera. Among other uses, this is great for collecting and organizing business cards.
Designing and sending emails and newsletters has never been easier, or cheaper since it’s totally free. Gather sign ups, design messages, and compare click rates for less than 12,000 emails with less than 2,000 recipients. This is a great option if you are just getting started, and when you grow to more emails and more recipients, you can always pay for an upgrade.
CRM, or Customer Relationship Management Software, can not only be expensive, but it can be complicated as well. Aptivo is free for up to 3 users and offers detailed reports, so you can get your feet wet before shelling out a ton of money.
Use surveys to stay up to date on what your customers are thinking with free survey software from SurveyGizmo. There is no limit on the number of questions, responses, or surveys you are allowed with the free plan.
X-cart5 Online Shopping Cart
If you are selling online you need shopping cart software, but if you are just starting it can seem expensive and complicated for what you actually need. This free version works well if you simply do not have the budget, but it isn’t plug and play, so be sure to have someone technologically savvy on standby to help.
ZoHo Docs Document Management
The free document management program allows for up to 25 users and 5GB of storage. Additionally, it offers editing tools and in app chat for real time communication.
Equity Net Business Planning
While in reality this is a crowdfunding platform, practically it can be a great free tool for writing your business plan. A great bonus is that you can publish it on the website and see if any investors bite.