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Must-Have Tools For Your Business

Must-Have Tools For Your Business

Wow this is crazy, we're living in the 2010's...aren't we supposed to be cruising in flying cars and jet-packs by now? I guess not, but there ARE some amazing technologies out there today that make running a business SO much smoother than just a few years back. 

Here are a few must-have tools that will make your life a whole lot easier. 


We’re in the 21st century now, who needs filing cabinets and all that mess? Now just upload all of your documents, pictures, or videos onto Dropbox which stores everything in the cloud.

This way, you can access them anywhere you have internet and share certain folders for your team members to access.

Even if your laptop gets stolen or your dog eats all the paperwork... your documents will still be there in the morning. 


Odesk

You can’t do everything...but at the same time you don’t always want to hire a full-time staff for something simple or a one-time task.

Hiring a per-project freelancer is one of the most efficient ways to get a job done when you’re first starting, and Odesk streamlines this process for you.

You can access the giant database of contractors and check out their previous work, sample portfolio, and reviews to make sure they’re the best fit for your company.

Odesk handles all transactions too, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of payment issues and paperwork.


Newsletters are a great way of retaining clients and keeping them excited about your business. This is where MailChimp comes in.

You get beautifully designed email templates that you can send out to your list of customers.

Their interface is super easy to use and they provide you with insightful analytics as to the effectiveness of your newsletter. 


LinkedIn

You don’t want to hire just any Joe Shmoe off the street to work for you. Of course, you want the best talent and the highest qualified person for the job.
 
LinkedIn provides you with an online directory of resumes and the ability to connect with like-minded people.

Your team and who you surround yourself with at work will make or break your business. LinkedIn helps you to find just the people you need. 


Square

Need to accept card payments in person? Remember, this is the 21st century and cash registers are getting more obsolete everyday.

Square is a mini card reader that connects to your smartphone/tablet so that you can literally accept card payments anywhere.

Now your customers can’t make the excuse that they don’t have enough cash on them! 


Haro

This could be your answer to “How are people going to know about me?”. Haro a.k.a. Helping a Reporter Out is a platform for companies and reporters who are looking for content.

With this you can receive unprecedented access to media pitches, top reporters, and publications, giving your small business a chance at national or even global recognition.

All this without coughing up thousands of dollars on a high profile Public Relations firm.


Hootsuite

Instead of having to hire someone to post content on your social media at just the right time, Hootsuite allows you to schedule posts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets.

Simply schedule out your posts weeks or months in advance and you can be working, even when you’re not working. 


Skype

This makes long-distance relationships so much easier, and we’re not talking about the romantic ones. Forget long distance phone fees and dropped calls.

You’re now able to video call, share screens, send documents, and chat with your overseas clients or employees working remotely. 


Consider this your boost forward, you know what you need to do.

Now it’s up to you to take the reins and get started on the wild (but rewarding) ride of being an entrepreneur. 

 

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