9 online FREE-sources Your Business Can Bank On

Doing business in the cloud: IT Outsourcing on steroids?

Cloud and web-based functions are still considered risky to some businesses, but perhaps not as risky as you think. You might already be using “the cloud” without knowing it.

  • Working remotely? Try Skype for business meetings in the cloud!
  • Need to share large files with someone in another city or state? Use Dropbox for cloud file sharing!
  • Email marketing service for free? Mailchimp can virtually manage that.

The tools below are not only free; they are powerful tools your business can use.

Accounting

Wave Accounting is a free alternative to Quickbooks that allows small business owners and freelancers to create and send invoices, track expenses, generate reports and eliminate accounting headaches. Surf’s up.

Scheduling

Use Appointy to schedule appointments, send reminders, update calendars, offer discount coupons, and more.

Can’t get everyone’s availability on the same page? Try Doodle to eliminate chaotic collaboration.

Intelligence

Hootsuite is an all-in-one platform for staying in-tune with your social network. With all of the social activity these days, you should be monitoring. Start with Hootsuite for free.

Computer Security

Avast considers itself among the likes of paid security sites, and has largely positive user reviews.

Outreach

Mailchimp. Another great way to manage customers, this tool helps you design and manage email lists to send out newsletters, promos and more.

Organization & Sharing

Evernote is especially helpful for keeping notes, making lists and drafting blog posts. Think of it as a virtual note pad – everything is one place and can be accessed anywhere.

With the slogan, “simplify your life” it’s no wonder people everywhere use this free file storage platform. Dropbox is great for storing and syncing documents on various devices across multiple computers.

Do you speak with clients from all over the country, or the world? Use Skype to facilitate quicker, easier conversation with its web-based video or chat functions.

What are your favorite freesources for business?

Looking for more? Wasp’s Small Business Information Center might point you in the right direction.

Looking for more info on cloud computing? Forbes points out one question not enough people are asking.

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  • Summer Alexander

    I love Wave Accounting and Dropbox. I also use Evernote and Hootsuite but I wish I would have read this article yesterday before I paid for an online appointment scheduler – I’ve never heard of Appointy!

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    • jessirj

      Thanks, Summer. I wish we could have shared this earlier, too. If we missed any of your favorites please let us know. We are working to get a list up in our resource center, so keep checking back for more. Best of luck to you!

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  • Jennifer Cunningham

    That’s a great tip about mail chimp. I didn’t know it was free. I like Dropbox but your article gave me some new ideas.

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    • jessirj

      Excellent! Let us know what other freebies we missed. Thanks for the feedback.

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