Running a small business is no easy task, and sometimes it’s difficult to stay organized. We’ve put together a list of a few websites to help you run your business smoothly and efficiently, and the best part is that they’re all free!
Keeping you and your employees on the same page, and on task, can be a challenge to say the least. Asana.com helps you and your employees organize and collaborate on tasks, and they offer the service for free. It’s quick and easy to create an account, set up your team and start adding and assigning tasks. With Asana, you can also assign multiple team members to a project and assign a team leader. Team members can discuss their assignment, add notes and even sub-tasks, so everyone knows what the status is of a project with a quick glance.
Some people love math and record-keeping. For the rest of us, there’s Outright.com. Outright offers online bookkeeping services for small businesses to help you organize your finances and make filing your taxes a breeze. Many of Outright’s services are absolutely free, including automatic importing and categorizing of your financial data, a profit and loss report and more. If you’re willing to spend another $9.99 each month, they will also include your tax worksheets and reports.
If your business bills customers based on time, then Harvest is for you. Don’t let their simplistic website fool you – there are some really powerful features to help you track your time effectively and efficiently. Harvest tracks your time down to the second for your projects, and lets you send great looking estimates and invoices directly to your clients, download them as a PDF file to your computer or just print them. For the individual businessperson, Harvest is free to use for up to four clients and two projects. As your business grows, you can add more users (and have unlimited clients, projects and invoicing) for $10 to $12 per employee.
Have you ever wondered how those big companies post to Facebook or publish tweets at all hours of the day and night? Meet Buffer. Scheduling your social media posts has never been easier – simply add your posts or tweets to your buffer, set the time and date you want them to be published and Buffer handles the rest. Spend a few minutes with Buffer and you can easily have an entire week’s worth of social media posts scheduled, which lets you focus on the rest of your business.
If you’re not keeping track of your customers’ email addresses, you may want to consider starting to do so. Keeping in contact with your customers helps keep your business in the forefront of your customers’ minds and has been proven to increases sales. MailChimp simplifies your email marketing campaign, and allows you to send up to 12,000 emails to up to 2,000 addresses each month for free. When your business outgrows the free plan, MailChimp offers reasonable pricing to extend your campaign. MailChimp takes care of unsubscribing as well, so your customers can opt-out easily if they choose.
Let’s face it – if you’re in business, you are going to need legal documents at some point. RocketLawyer offers many types of standard personal and business legal documents that can be customized for yourself or your business. Some examples include incorporation, taxes, service contracts, debt collection, copyrights and landlord agreements – just to name a few. Your first week is free, so if you don’t anticipate needing legal documents regularly, browse through their website and put together a list of what you need before you sign up. After the first week, the price jumps to $39.95 per month, but for many small businesses that may be enough time to accomplish what you need to.