Top Five Tools For Small Business

By Ashley Littles on
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magazines and glassesLike any small business owner, you're dealing with communication, project management and accounting needs. Mostly you're trying to spend the least and get the most for your money. To help you out, here are five FREE tools for your small business that could make all the difference:


". . the app to manage it all."

EVERNOTE: note, find, share

With this free app you capture a note - which can be anything you want it to be - just once and it's instantly available everywhere on all your devices. Whether a reminder, project to-do list, sketch, concept or idea, "it's accessible wherever you go, forever." It helps you "share big ideas by collaborating seamlessly with co-workers in a group notebook." It even lets you search for handwritten notes buried in other text.


". . the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone."

TRELLO: project management 

This free app lets you see all the important aspects of your project "in a single glance." Replace gigantic email threads with drag and drop cards that you use to update progress continuously. Add team members at will. Add lists and reorder them easily. The app continually adapts to you, your team, your project and your workflow.

Notifications alert you when important things happen. Worried about training the team? Everyone "gets it instantly," and there nothing to set up.


". . everything you need to boost sales, step up productivity and manage all day-to-day activities."

ZOHO: sales, help desk, finance

This free app helps you run your whole business with a "suite of online productivity tools and SaaS applications." It gives you tools that help your team collaborate--while simplifying complicated business processes--and "close more business deals in less time." 

The help desk features puts you where your customers are when they need you, with tools that help you engage with them effectively. 


"Create budgets that make sense today and set you up for success tomorrow."

 MINT: budgeting, finances 

Use this free app to create budgets for your business easily, getting "a clear view of your total financial life" wherever, whenever. It gives you customized and personalized budgeting with alerts every time something unusual happens with your accounts. With simple graphs and reports, Mint helps you monitor incoming and outgoing funds with just a glance.


"Free and easy accounting, invoicing, and more."

WAVE: accounts, invoices, payroll

This free app helps you track sales and expenses, bill customers and get paid. You can make up, send out and keep track of professional invoices no matter where you are, with automatic reminders and online credit card processing. Payroll was never easier, with direct deposit and pay stubs accessible online. Automatic bank transaction importing and receipt scanning leave you with more time to focus on business.