As small business owners we’re all looking to save money wherever we can. The savings can really pile up when you start looking at free or cheap versions of the productivity tools we all need every day. Hence our super helpful list of Cool Tools for Small Businesses (that are Free or Cheap) that we featured on the Buzz on Biz radio show!
Frustration-free web-based apps for collaboration, sharing information, and making decisions.
- Basecamp – The leading online project management and collaboration tool. Stop chasing emails and useing Excel for To-Do lists. Manage projects and colaborate with clients in a modern way Free and Premuim Accounts
- Highrise – Small business CRM: Keep a permanent of people you do business with. Know who you talked to, when you talk to them, what was said, and what to follow up next Starting at $24/Month
- Backpack – Backpack is an easy intranet for your business. Keep track of discussions, documents, notes, forms, lists, photos, calendars, and other loose ends your business your business generates every day.
- Campfire – Group chat room. Share ideas, discussions, concepts, images, code samples, video mock-ups, and documents in a real-time private chat room.
Google (Apps) Docs – Web-based office Suite that feature quick and easy ways to stay organized. Google Docs, Task Lists, and Spreadsheets are just a few of the great features that Google Apps has to offer. Free and Premuim Accounts
Open Office (for Widows) This is an offline version of Google Apps. It resembles Microsoft Office and can even open Microsoft office documents! Free
Neo Office (for Mac) This is the same thing as OpenOffice for all the Mac users out there! Free
Google Sites – Powerful enough for a company intranet, yet simple enough for a family website. You can start a site from scratch or from a template.
Wunderlist – from shopping lists to projects and to-dos – there is Wunderlist to manage it all. Share your tasks and lists by email or invite your friends, colleagues or co-workers to work with you in Wunderlist. Free
Evernote.com – Capture your ideas. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. Evernote will keep it all safe. Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable.Free and Premuim Accounts
Imo.im – Instant messenger is a web-based service with video and voice chat functionality. Free
CutePDF – Free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button! Free
DropSend.com – Email large files up to 2GB, and store files online (premium). Free and Premuim Accounts
Dropbox.com – Fee service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!Free and Premuim Accounts
MailChimp.com – Free email marketing service. Design and send HTML email campaigns with simple tools. Share them on social networks. It integrates with services you already use, and you can track your results. Free and Premuim Accounts
Yammer.com – Like an interoffice Twitter: tool for making companies and organizations more productive through the exchange of short frequent answers to one simple question: What are you working on? Free and Premuim Accounts