6 second take: It’s never been cheaper to start a business. These tools will make it even easier.
It all starts with an idea. It’s a great idea, to be sure. But how are you going to get the idea to the people, your customers? How will you market your idea? Implement it? Schedule it? Pay for it? And deliver it on time?
Poor management and inadequate cash flow are a few of the top reasons start-ups go under, according to a study by business analysis research firm CB Insights.
Thankfully, it’s super easy to streamline these issues, thanks to the power of Web 2.0 and the advent of smartphone apps. But a good business can’t run on tools alone. Combine them with your awesome team and there’s no limit to what you will accomplish.
Here is a batch of great small-business tools that will get your enterprise where it needs to be.
Getting your business in front of the right eyes is more important than ever, especially in an age when digital marketing reigns supreme. So a social media presence is essential. These apps will make you nothing short of a Twitter wizard, Instagram influencer, or email expert:
Whether you’re going to a meeting across town or driving to the airport to jet off and meet investors, transportation apps are lifesavers for getting from point A to point B, especially if you’re tracking your expenses:
Making a plan and sticking to it while juggling everyone else’s responsibilities is always tough. Just ask any millennial who’s been tasked with coordinating Sunday brunch. Thankfully, the following apps take some of the headache out of scheduling your meetings:
Your data is extremely important, not just for collaboration but for the continued success of your cutting edge ideas. Guard it safely with these apps:
Cash rules everything around you when you run a small business. It’s essential to keep everything on the books while looking for places where you can save. Try using these tools to make your small-business finances easier:
Gone are the days of follow-up emails and ad hoc project management scattered throughout office correspondence and Post-it Notes. These productivity apps let you manage and delegate tasks with ease, and offer post-completion analytics to continue improving your bizops:
As much as we all enjoy hovering awkwardly by a colleague’s desk until they finish up a phone conversation, these tools make it easy to communicate with your colleagues while freeing up your time for other business:
Once you’ve got your small business up and running, you’ll need a sleek exterior to attract the right clients and partners. You could hire a web designer (which can cost a lot of money) or you can stay frugal with these urbane site designing platforms:
A picture is worth a thousand words. A five-second video running at 60 frames per second is therefore worth 300,000 words.
Get the right photos and movies on your website to make a lasting impression, with the help of these tools:
Once you have all the tools you need for your small business, it’s time to get to work. Check out our other resources on finding a spot to set up shop, filing small-business taxes for the first time, and getting the right legal advice.