We are a small business too.
We understand a lot of the struggles that other small business owners go through. There never seems to be enough time in a day and having to choose what to focus on can be a real struggle.
Like the rest of you, we try to be as efficient as possible with our work. Not only do we get more done that way, but it is also how we attempt to keep costs down for our clients.
In order to achieve that efficiency, we leverage a lot of tools that make the work a lot easier to accomplish. As we were just talking about all the tools we use, we realized that we should share them all with you and hopefully, make you much more efficient without breaking the bank. So here they are:
5 Tools for Small Businesses
- Hubspot – Hubspot is one of the most known Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems in business today. While it doesn’t quite have the power of a system like Salesforce, it more than gets the job done to help us keep track of what our customers are up to. Better yet, you can use it for free!
- Linktree – I can not tell you how much time this has saved. If you use Instagram, you know you cannot put links into the description of your photos, leaving your description as the only place to put a link. The problem is, every time you update your content, you have to change the link. With Linktree, all that changes. You now have one permanent link that never changes. Once someone clicks on that link, they get a bunch of buttons to direct them to the right place. Again, the best part, you can use this FO’ FREE.
- Canva – Not a Photoshop expert and don’t have the time to learn? Canva is a great option. Canva is a basic image editor tool that makes creating custom images for social media super easy. You can access everything from your computer or their mobile app and they have thousands of free templates to choose from to help you make great images. This is another free tool but you can pay to unlock some advanced features
- Grammarly – You have probably noticed this already, but my writing is far from perfect. If you go back and read all of our old blog posts, I am sure you are going to find a typo or 10… however, Grammarly has been a major help for me to cut down on my typos. This browser add-on is like spell check on steroids. It checks for mistakes in both grammar and spelling, suggests edits, and keeps track of your most common mess-ups. Grammarly then delivers a weekly report to help you improve your writing. And of course, this tool can be used for zero dollars and zero cents! (That’s free btw.)
- Asana – Eric and I can struggle with communication from time to time. Since we both work from our home offices, we aren’t always up to date with what the other is up to. Asana helps solve that. Asana is a project management tool that allows you and your employees in the loop with what is being worked on and helps keep you organized by letting you create tasks for yourself as well. It comes in very handy and can be a quicker way to communicate than email. Now all the tools I have talked about so far have some sort of free version…. And why would I change that now!? That’s right, you can use Asana for your small business completely free, or purchase the premium version for some advanced features.
So there you have it! Every organization is different and some of these tools might not be useful to you, but hopefully, you see one tool on this list that at least slightly piques your interest.
Have you used any of these tools or do you have a tool you think might be useful for us? Let us know below, we would love to hear from you!