Cost effective and often free, here’s a list of great digital tools to help run your business.
Most small businesses don’t have the money to run their own IT department or a digital marketing division. If you are starting, running or growing a small business, you can still run the important ‘back end’ stuff for next to nothing. It just takes a little know how.
1: First step, buy a smartphone. It may seem obvious but this will be an essential business tool.
4: You don’t need a bulky email server cluttering up your office. Use Gmail from Google. Also, make sure your office accesses the Internet via Wi-Fi (using a password), it’ll be less hassle in the long run. Also, less nasty wires.
5: Why buy brand new computers when there are many high quality used laptops for sale? They will work very well, just make sure they are Wi-Fi enabled.
6: If you don’t want to pay for lots of software try Jolicloud OS. It’s an operating system that connects low cost computers to the cloud.
7: You can save a small fortune by using free online invoicing and free online accounting software from a great Irish company like Bullet.
8: You don’t need to buy hard disks to store your company data, just go online and into the cloud with Dropbox. Here you can store everything at an affordable price.
10: If you need a great project management tool, why not try Slack? It’s an easy-to-use messaging app for teams and works well as a collaboration tool for company teams.
11:If you want to accept payments by credit card, you can use affordable apps and systems like Payleven.ie or iZettle.
13: Set up a PayPal account so you can receive payments via PayPal and buy from suppliers in other countries.
14: If you need to run a large email list, use Mailgun. It’s a pleasure to use and free. Or else, try MailChimp.
15: Need to plan a project? ProjectManager.com has great planning tools such as its Gantt chart and task management feature.
16: Buy an all-in-one wireless printer (don’t opt for color, unless you really need it).
17: If you want help with branding, digital marketing, web design or most IT issues go to Fiverr and find people who can help you with practically any issue for a very reasonable price.
18: Finally, if you need to develop new business skills there are many top class online services like Alison and Lynda.
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