Small business owners wear many hats – sales, marketing, hiring, website design, social media marketing, research and development, etc. It can be tough to juggle it all and I am a firm believer that the work is in the tools.
So what tools will make a small business owner’s life easier?
In fact, I am constantly being asked, “Kim, what are the best tools for small business owners?”. While I don’t claim to have all the answers, I am going to share some of my favorite tools with you.
Below you will find my personal reviews on 35 small business tools for today’s entrepreneur.
1. Awesome Screenshot
AwesomeScreenshot is a free Chrome extension that allow me to take screenshots, edit them and even add some basic design elements to the screenshot. They do have a free version and a very low cost paid version.
2. Google Calendar
I know, I know, it’s not a geez whiz new cool tool BUT I love Google Calendar for two core reasons…my entire team can see specific calendars, make changes when and where appropriate and it syncs with my mobile devices so I am always in the loop on what’s happening. Oh did I mention that it’s FREE?
Skype provides free voice and video calls. I use this tool almost daily to communicate with remote team members, contractors, do podcast and radio interviews as well as talking with family and friends.
Infusionsoft is a full featured CRM software platform. We use Infusionsoft to automate our digital marketing processes, manage our email lists and, sell online. While it’s not free, it’s been worth every penny.
If your budget doesn’t allow for Infusionsoft, aWeber is a GREAT alternative!
6. Google Docs
Google docs allows you to create and edit Word documents, spreadsheets and even presentations, all online. Google Docs is a great collaborate tool and the number one reason I love it so much. Yes, it is FREE!
I am loving, loving, loving Periscope! Periscope is a live-streaming video app for your mobile device. What does this mean? It means you can basically live stream ANYTHING right from your phone. The business applications for this tool are truly limitless!
Iconosquare is an Instagram management tool that allows you to manage your conversations, customize how you view your feed, analyze which photos are resonating with your audience, optimize your photos and much more. If you are on Instagram, this is a go to tool for sure!
BuzzSumo finds the most shared content for any topic! Very clever platform. You can filter by competitor’s domains, keyword or even content type. This is a fantastic tool to have in your arsenal!
PostPlanner is one of my favorite content curation tools. Not just any type of content but proven “viral” content, which is a total game changer! I use this tool each and every day.