Starting a small home business on a tight budget is much easier to accomplish thanks to all the technical resources available online. Many of these technical tools allow home business owners to automate certain tasks so you can focus on the money making aspects of business. It also saves you lots of time and money. Here are a few tools you should know about:
Keeping up with the constant stream of real-time information piped through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be challenging. Hootsuite is a social media management platform that allows you to organize all of your social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn all in one place. It makes managing, monitoring and analyzing “conversations” with others easy. It also makes it simple to automate and schedule future updates.
There are so many useful features that come with MailChimp’s autoresponder service beyond the free delivery of e-newsletters to your subscriber list (free for up to 2,000 subscribers). You can customize newsletters and share connections on your favorite social media sites. There’s also an analytics feature that allows you to track and measure the progress and effectiveness of your email campaigns.
If you need a logo fast, and are okay with using generic clip art, LogoMaker may be the answer. It’s a free tool that generates an HTML code you can manually insert on your website.
This cloud-based social collaboration platform makes sharing project information with your team easy breezy. Team updates are delivered in a format similar to updates posted on social networking sites like Twitter, so it makes staying connected to your team when tackling projects simple and convenient. Central Desktop was voted “Best of the Web” for collaboration by BusinessWeek.
Being a mom and business owner has turned me into a compulsive list maker, but in my defense, if I don’t write it down on my list, it will more than likely end up forgotten. The Makers of TODOIST have managed to simplify and optimize the list-making process considerably.
This tool is all about keeping you and all your tasks organized. It comes with a built-in calendar so you can set a reminder alert for time sensitive tasks. It utilizes a “drag and drop” feature that may take a bit of getting used to at first, but once you get the hang of it you’ll wonder how you ever organized your tasks without it. There is both a free and paid version of this organizational tool.
FreshBooks is known for being a reliable, free accounting and invoicing tool, but it has other convenient features for any bootstrapping, home-based business operation, including reporting, document sharing and mobile integration.
What online tools do you rely on to remain organized and productive?
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