One of the biggest time drains for startup business is the time drain associated with getting the work done. Many times this can be solved with tools designed to help productivity, but when you're new, having the cash to shell out for great tools is sometimes a problem.
Good thing we know where to find a number of incredibly useful, and better yet, free tools to help with this. And don't be fooled into thinking that these tools aren't that great just because they're free. Here are 7 really cool, useful and best of all free business productivity tools to employ in your small business.
7 Free productivity tools for your small business
Google Drive and Docs – Google has made available an exceptionally versatile suite of tools in Google Docs and Drive. It is essentially an online replacement for the Microsoft Word packages, and offers a healthy storage capacity as well.
Free Conference Call – The name says it all, and his application lets you make conference calls free of charge. It even records the calls for you, making them available for download.
Zoho CRM – Customer relationship management software is expensive, but not this one. Zoho gives it to you for free for up to 3 employees.
Dropbox – You can store up to 2 GB of data here for free, and allows you to access files and data stored in the cloud.
MailChimp – If you are looking for a free email client, MailChimp may be just the ticket. It is free for up to 2,000 subscriber names. MailChimp is a great way to start building a list for your small business.
Trello project management software – Track your projects, to-do lists and completed tasks in this user friendly free software. A very good startup tool.
Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools – These two free tools from Google are worth their weight in gold. Analytics will provide you with incredible insights into your own business, while Webmaster tools helps keep you on the right side of Google.
While there are tons of tools out there that are free or very low cost, these will give you a running start on your business productivity.