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7 Online Tools That Make Running Your Small Business Easy

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Originally posted on http://www.kake.com/story/40071222/7-online-tools-that-make-running-your-small-business-easy

 

Are you a small business owner looking to lighten your workload? Or maybe you are trying to watch your bottom line?

Small business owners are notoriously busy. This makes it difficult to stay on top of tasks without unnecessary stress.

You may want to figure it all out on your own, but not all business owners can afford to take risks. Luckily, there is new technology available to help.

Online business tools add immense value to your business in many ways. They can help do anything from streamlining your budget processes to increasing team collaboration.

Keep reading for a list of the seven best tools available online that all small business owners should know about.

7 Best Tools for Small Businesses

The more your business grows, the more tools you will need to get things done. The following list of online tools is a good place to start.

1. You Need a Budget

Known by fans as “YNAB,” You Need a Budget offers budgeting tools for simple, service-based businesses.

With a small client base, you might not want to in “invest” in paid systems. Still, tracking your income is critical. With a flat yearly fee, you won’t have to pay for higher-end bookkeeping software.

YNAB’s “give every dollar a job” mindset is great for start-ups. By knowing where your money is going, you can make immediate decisions and know whether you have the funds to cover purchase decisions

2. Time Clock Wizard

Track employee time from multiple devices with Time Clock Wizard. This app allows you to turn any tablet into a wall-mounted or desktop timeclock.

Time clock apps can benefit any business by cutting timekeeping expenses. They allow you to integrate timekeeping information to your payroll software.

Staff can clock in from a single device and location. This increases accountability and efficiency.

Managers can edit times, as well as rounding to the nearest minute and more. You will have more time to manage your business when not spending countless hours on timekeeping.

3. Shopify

Shopify offers features that help small business owners launch an online store.
The software allows small business owners to build an online store and integrate it with their existing website with ease.

You don’t need any e-commerce experience to use Shopify. The software can grow with your business. It helps you manage inventory, orders, and payment processing.

For an e-commerce site, Shopify offers one of the most affordable options for small businesses. The plans start at $29 per month. This includes unlimited products and a custom domain for your shop.

For beginners, Shopify Lite is available for $9 per month. This option lets businesses sell on Facebook or add buttons to their website or block, but doesn’t offer a full online store.

An added bonus: Shopify offers 24/7 customer support by phone, email, and chat.

4. Slack

Slack is a team messaging platform that combines, file-sharing, video and audio calls, and integrations with other apps.

The software empowers your team to stay productive, organized, and connected.
Slack makes file sharing easy because it integrates with many other sources. You can upload any file to your Slack channels.

The app also works with file management solutions such as Google Docs and DropBox, which makes searching for files easier.

There are also many applications you can install into your Slack workspace. For example, you can add Asana to aid in task management, or Donut which pairs worker up with a new coffee buddy each week. This creates an all-in-one business hub for your organization.

It also works with Trello, which we will talk about later.

5. Goodhire

Running background checks is a legal nightmare and can be costly for small business owners if not managed correctly.

Goodhire helps small business owners save valuable time that is spent on human resource tasks such as reference checks, drug screenings, background checks, and education verifications.

It’s clean and painless to use and accessible from all of your devices.

The software delivers clean and high-quality data from thousands of local, state, and federal sources.

Goodhire’s software fits seamlessly into however you want to work. It offers user-centric workflows and usually automates manual processes with simple, step-by-step instructions.

The software also offers transparent services. Both applicants and business owners can view background check results with real-time updates.

6. Telzio

In a typical business, the average time an employee talks on the phone per month is 400 minutes.

Telzio gives small business owners the option to set up an office phone system via the internet. With flexible plans and no monthly contracts, Telzio offers businesses all the features required for a phone system while saving them time and resources.

Telzio’s pricing is straightforward and transparent. They offer a pay-as-you-go pricing option that can help small businesses stay within their budget.

The cloud-based phone system is quick and easy to configure. You can take calls as soon as 10 to 15 minutes after purchase.

Telzio is easily a top contender as a business phone system by offering numerous features, ease of use, and outstanding reliability.

7. Trello

Trello is a web-based task management platform that helps small businesses stay organized. It gives you a visual overview of what your team is working on.

It consists of boards, lists, and cards. Cards (think index cards with information) get organized into lists (groups), while lists are organized into boards (a box for the cards). Because they are digital, you can move cards between lists in several different ways.

This tactic is useful for organizing to-do lists, contact management, planning your week, and more. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Team members can also assign tasks, add checklists, have discussions, and track each other’s progress.

The best part? Trello is free for a basic membership.

Get the Job Done

These seven online tools, many of them free, can help small business owners be more productive and keep costs down.

While there are a lot of expensive, big-name business solutions, there are also many free alternatives for small business owners to explore.

Keep up-to-date with the best tools for small businesses by checking out the latest business news.

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