FREE Tools for Building Your Business
Wave's accounting tools are 100% free, secure, and approved by accountants. The FREE version was made specifically for small businesses with 9 employees or less. You don't have to be an accountant to use this app. If you're handling your invoicing and other bookkeeping tasks manually, you should consider trying Wave. You'll be able to connect Wave to your bank and other data sources such as PayPal, to have that information pull right into your accounting. You'll be able to generate reports such as balance sheets, sales tax reports, A/R and A/P for yourself, your accountant or your investors. And you'll be able to handle invoice and payroll with this app.
With Calendy, you will be able to reduce email and phone tag, provide more high quality client interactions in less time, and make it very easy for customers to connect with you. Use Calendy to invite customers or potential customers to book an appointment, schedule a phone conversation or online meeting by sending a link to your Calendy page so they can pick a date and time. Their selection is added to your calendar. Need more features, you can upgrade to a plan for as little as $8/month.
Your customers can quickly Click-to-Schedule an appointment for an in-person meeting, phone consultation, or video teleconference using TimeTrade. Through your TimeTrade account, you can set calendars for dates and times that you are available. Your calendar can be viewed by the week or month. Your website's visitor will be able to set a day and time for a meeting and you will be notified.
Budget App (mint.com)
Here's a free app for setting budgets, whether for personal or business use. Mint is easy to set-up and it's secure. You'll be able to create budgets you can actually stick to, and see how you’re spending your money. You'll be able to set-up alerts so that you don't miss a paymet. Mint's phone & tablet apps enable you to manage your money while on the go. You'll be able to organize bills in one central place and pay them on the spot.
Drop Box (dropbox.com)
Why choose Drop Box? Dropbox keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share. You can save files on your computer and access them on your phone when on the job site. Everything you keep in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices. Share your files with team members and customers ... photos, videos, text document, slide shows, etc.
Google Drive (google.com/intl/en/drive)
Google drive is a safe place to store your documents and retrieve them from any device. You'll have 15 GB of FREE Google online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and more. You will be able to invite others to view, download, and collaborate on all the files you want – no email attachment needed.
Digital Signatures – Legal Documents
Hello Sign (hellosign.com)
This is a great tool for getting legally-binding, electronic signatures on agreements. It integrates with Google drive; you will receive status notifications and have access to an aduti trail for each document. It's free if you only process 3 agreements per month. You can upgrade to a plan with more features and benefits.
Directory Listings Scanner
The accuracy of your listing in directories on the web is very important to your web presence. Visitors can be confused with inconsistencies and these inconsitencies in your name, address, phone number and lack of optimized content can affect your ranking in search results. Use this free scanning tool to check your directory listings.
Document Creation Tools
Google Docs (google.com/docs)
You can use Google Docs to create documents ... text documents, slides, spreadsheets, and forms. This platform has editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. You will be able to choose from thousands of fonts, add links, images, drawings, and tables. You will be able to easily share documents with co-workers and customers and access them from anywhere from your phone, tablet or computer.
People™ covers all of your HR admin essentials. With just a tap or a click, you can find and edit employee records, review and authorize vacation requests, track and address absences, and even discover useful insights about your workforce. It's FREE if you have 5 employess or less. You'll be able to upgrade to a plan with more features and benefits for as little $1 per employee per month.
If you have 10 employees or less, you can get the FREE version of this HR tool. If you have more than 10 employees you can upgrade to a plan with more features and benefits.This tool includes leave and time management, track time and work, create forms, and allow employees access to their records. Mobile apps are available for download for IOS and Android.
Organization & Collaboration Tools
Evernote is a great organization tool. You'll be able to write and collect ideas in notes, group notes in notebooks, and easily find everything. Use it to share, collaborate, and discuss in real time with the people who help you get your work done without switching apps or leaving your workspace. Everything in Evernote instantly syncs across any computer or phone you use. You will be able to work on one device and continue on another ... your tablet, phone or computer.
Trello is a visual way to organize anything ... use it as a collboration board for your projects. You'll be able to drag and drop cards between lists to show your project's progress. You'll be able to add as many people as you need and drag them to cards and add and reorder lists as needed. Trello adapts to your project, team, and workflow. We use it ... check it out.
Asana is a great tool for project management and team communication. Tasks and communications reside in one place making everything actionable and transparent. Email is not an efficient way to manage projects. Using Asana free-up time to work on your business. It's available everywhere you work – on the web, iOS, and Android.