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5 Free Tools Every New Business Should Know About

5 Free Tools Every New Business Should Know About

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5 Free Tools Every New Business Should Know About

Starting a business isn’t easy. Sleepless nights, long days, and thin budgets are just a few challenges every new business deals with. With money tight and time even tighter, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get.

Here at Payfort, we’re always looking for ways we can support businesses and help new organizations get the most out of their limited resources. That’s why we’ve put together a list of free tools every new business needs to know about.

Whether you’re starting out, growing on a tight budget, or just a little thrifty, you’ll be able to benefit from these tools.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

Google Docs

Businesses are going mobile, so shouldn’t your office? If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Google’s suite of office software. The cloud based service lets you create and edit professional-looking documents, spreadsheets and presentations from any device.

Why you need it:

  • Create and store documents in the cloud for easy access.
  • Save you files for offline use and edit with Microsoft Office.
  • Work on documents as a team in real time with simple sharing tools.

Whether you’re just starting out or an established business, the flexibility and portability of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides make it a must for any organization.

Hubspot CRM

Hubspot CRM

The age of the desktop Rolodex may be history, but the need to maintain a comprehensive and organized database of customers is not. In 2015, many businesses are turning to Hubspot CRM to do just that.

Why you need it:

  • Capture customer info via your website, emails, phone calls and even social media.
  • Easily manage deals as they progress through your pipeline.
  • Send tracked emails and receive notifications instantly when they are opened.

Hubspot CRM is one of the best tools available; it eliminates almost all of the manual work associated with CRM and best of all it’s free.

Optimizely

 

Small businesses can gain a lot from platform optimization, and Optimizely is one of the best tools available. It lets you test different web content, measure the impact on users, and create a better onsite experience for your customers.

Why you need it:

  • The platform is easy to implement and scalable.
  • It includes a code-free visual editor that lets you make changes quickly.
  • You’ll be able to optimize websites and mobile apps within the same tool.

Very intuitive and requiring minimum technical expertise, Optimizely is the perfect tool for creating the best user experience.

Intercom

Intercom

An important aspect of any new business is understanding how customers interact with your website. There are plenty of products out there that will tell you how many users you have, but Intercom takes this to the next level and actually tells you who those customers are.

Why you need it:

  • See who your customers are and how they’re using you product.
  • Get real time location data that shows where you customers are located.
  • Daily email updates highlighting new customers and those that are slipping away.

A powerful tool for understanding user behaviour, Intercom is the perfect companion for any business looking to learn more about their users.

Trello

Trello

Getting organized and staying on task can be tough, add in the chaos of starting a business and it can become almost impossible. Trello is a virtual post-it-note board system, that helps you stay organized and on task.

Why you need it:

  • Organize individual and collaborative projects for your whole team.
  • Monitor what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and progress.
  • Use boards, lists, and cards develop and better understand your workflow.

Easy to use and incredibly powerful, Trello offers a visual platform to keep your projects organized and on schedule.

Did we miss a free tool you can’t live without? Share your favorite online tools with us in the comments section below or tweet @payfort with suggestions.

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Dalia El Gammal

Marketing Specialist PAYFORT

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dani Gorgon

    July 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Leadin is a good plugin if your website runs on WordPress. It’s a mini CRM module with robust features.

    • Faisal Al-Khalidi

      July 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Great tool, Dani! Thanks for sharing.

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