As a VA it is my priority to make the lives of my clients easier. The best way to do that is to make my own life easier! There are many resources out there that ease the pain of business tasks. Even better: some of them are Free!
I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.
Small Business Resource # 1 : Freshbooks
What is Freshbooks?
Freshbooks is an online accounting system mostly used for time tracking and invoicing. It integrates with many other programs such as paypal, authorize.net, batch book, basecamp, and gravity forms (which I just found out and am very excited to learn about). You can get a basic account free. Other account options are available starting at just under $20/month.
Why I love Freshbooks:
- Simple time tracking
- Easy to invoice
- Links to my Paypal Account for easy client payment
- Keep notes on tasks to include on invoice
- Automagical late payment notices
Small Business Resource # 2 : Dropbox
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a file sharing program. It is a quick and easy way to share, sync, and keep files safe. I use it most for large files and image files. You can get a basic plan free. Other plans are available starting at $9.00/ month.
Why I Love Dropbox:
- Easily create folders for files
- Able share folders with anyone
- Syncs all shared users
- Eliminates having to email files–one email at a time
Small Business Resource # 3 : Hootsuite
What is hootsuite?
Hootsuite is a social media management system. Some of the social networks that can be used include Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, and G+. You can get a basic plan for free. Other plans are available starting at $9.99/month
Why I love hootsuite:
- Manage social media account in one spot
- Easy to add accounts
- can use h
- Use Hootlet to quickly share sites
- Analytics make it easy to see what you are doing right (or fix what you’re doing wrong)
Small Business Resource # 4 : Google docs
What is Google docs (Now Drive)?
Drive is among the many Google services available (Google might need to be its own post!). Drive lets you upload, create, edit, and share documents.
Why I love Google Drive:
- Easily share documents with others
- Able to do real-time edits with others
- Great place to keep “living” documents
Where you can get Google Drive:
You can find out more on their website: www.drive.google.com
Small Business Resource # 5 : Open Office
What is Open Office?
Open Office is a document creation suite much like Microsoft Office. You can create documents such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. No sign up or information is required to download the program. I don’t use this program as often as the others, but it is handy to have in my tool purse.
Why I Love Open Office:
- Able to save in whatever format client uses
- Easy to create documents
Where you can get Open Office:
You can get more information on their website: www.openoffice.org
I hope this short list of small business resources will be helpful for you (and your business). Please feel free to use the comment section below to ask any questions you might have.
Share Your Favorite Resource:
What are your favorite resource that make your life easier?