Free online tools to assist small business owners

Small business owners are often time poor and need all the help they can get. Thankfully these days there are a lot of free online tools designed to help streamline day to day tasks. Below is a list of some of our favourites.

Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides

Google's cloud based software allows you to create, edit and share professional looking documents, spread sheets and presentations. Google Drive is a handy solution for storing and sharing files. Users can collaborate in real time and access files from their devices connected to the internet.

Alternatives: Microsoft Office 365

Buffer

With Buffer you can schedule social media posts and interact with your audience across different channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Buffer also helps to track and analyse your social media campaigns performance.

Alternatives: HootSuite, Sprout and TweetDeck

Zoho

Zoho is one of many CRM systems available online. You can store and manage customer data, sales progress and social interactions.

Alternatives: Insightly, Act

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor provides free editing, cropping and design tools for digital images. It’s web based and easily accessible and cost free.

Alternatives: GIMP, Sumapaint, Canva

Mint

Totally automated, Mint is an easy way to keep track of your finances. After giving Mint permission to access your financial data via your online banking account, the software will begin to learn about your habits, categorise your expenditures and will help to manage your budgets.

Mint can assist you with:

  • Setting budgets for expenditure and notify when you’re near your limit
  • Simple graphs to keep an eye on incoming and outgoing funds

Alternatives: Shoeboxed, Quicken, YNAB, WAVE