Being a startup requires making the most of the available free resources. Actually, it goes for all, if you can get it for free, why pay? So, it’s time to re-look at the tools your new business is already using or needs to use and see if you really need to pay for them.
So, let’s look at 8 tools that can save unnecessary spends and can even take advantage of right away-
8 Free killer Tools For Your Startup
Google G Suite is one of the best cloud computing tools that collaborates well for documentation, emails, meetings, etc. It increases productivity by increasing the ability to store everything on all devices without limitations and hassle to make backups.
Evernote is a must have free tools for startups. It is one app that is designed to solve many problems. From taking notes, creating to-do lists, adding images, scanning of documents with your camera, take handwritten notes, make sketches and much more. It can sort the notes into a notebook, tagged, annotated, edited, give comments, search, and export. It easily collaborates with various devices-phone, tablet, and the computer making it one of the smoothest apps to use.
Keeping our passwords protected by having different ones for each of your login details also leads to getting mixed up or even forgetting them. That’s where Dashlane comes to the rescue. This largest online password and wallet protection software is almost military protected and helps to keep all passwords at one place, making it specifically useful for those sites that are not visited occasionally. It also has a feature that can generate strong and secure passwords.
Due helps to keep a track of your time on projects for billing and productivity purpose. The tool offers essential features like invoicing templates, the convenience of working in multiple currencies and applying multiple tax structures to invoices, automated payment reminders, details of different client and project database, and more. Due.com is free as long as you don’t process payments through their invoicing system.
Shake by LegalShield is available online and also available as an app on iTunes or Google Play. It is a one-stop place for instant access to a wide variety of free legal forms that startups and small business would need. The documents include loan agreements, non-disclosure agreements, lease agreements, skilled labor contracts, contract work agreements and more. The forms can be filled out, reviewed and signed on as a print copy or on computer, tablet or smartphone.
ShopIntegrator is a shopping cart plug-in, that gives the checkout process of your website a seamless look and feel. It offers other exciting features like designing the look of the shopping cart, managing your store, easy connection of the shopping cart to the payment processor, secure hosted solution, and mobile e-commerce checkout. It can also add shipping costs by country, manage inventory and calculate taxes in the checkout process too.
It is compatible with mobile devices and also offers debit, credit and even PayPal as an optional payment method. It is PCI compliant and runs McAfee Secure payment security making it a reliable free tool. The app is completely free for stores that sell 50 items or fewer, and for bigger stores plans start at a meager $9.50 a month.
Wave is a free financial services software for small- and micro-businesses. The company offers solutions like accounting, invoicing, billing, payment tracking, payroll management, finance management and receipts. The company manages more than $244 billion in income and expense transactions for its customers, including $16 billion in annual invoicing.
It also includes features that link bank accounts, PayPal accounts and other sources of data for real-time transaction records. One of its best aspects is generating reports such as balance sheets, sales tax reports and account receivable and payable reports for businesses. It is simple to use and provides details you might need or want in just a few clicks. But, the payroll is a paid feature (only $9/month). However, for free, Wave creates and sends out an unlimited number of invoices, it manages cash flows and automatically does double-entry book-keeping.
Pablo helps to create compelling visuals for various social media pages that help boost engagement. The tool is completely free and It doesn’t even require a sign-in or prior design experience. Pablo comes equipped with a ton of beautiful photos via UnSplash, or you can use and upload your own image. It also enables typing of any text into the text box and comes pre-loaded with 130 inspirational quotes and also provides selecting any of the background images.
The software gives flexibility of text size, change of font type or color, switch the photo to blurred or black-and-white, move things around, and add a secondary line of text or even an icon. Its unique perspective is creating visuals, sharing them across all platforms and then analyzing them with Buffer’s analytics to gauge its performance.