If you run a small business, you probably wear a variety of hats: bookkeeper, marketer, sales person and more. Every small business owner needs the proper tools for these tasks. Here are the top six tools and assets any small business should have.
Organize Your Documents
Saving documents to your personal computer is for the dinosaurs. GoogleDrive is the new way to manage your documents. It ties in easily with email and other Google features. Users can create, upload and access documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Online document storage offers several benefits.
- Access to documents from any place.
- A search feature to quickly find needed documents.
- Document sharing power for easy collaboration.
- Access to a mobile app for on-the-go businesses.
Analyze your Website
If you don''t have a business website yet, you should get one. If you do have one, make the most of it with Google Analytics. This handy tool tracks your website''s performance.
- Daily website visitors.
- Regions where visitors live..
- Social media sources your visitors are linking from.
- How often viewers share your articles.
This information helps you tune into your customers, so you can continue to offer the services and products they want.
Enhance Your Social Media Footprint
This social media website is not just for job hunting. If you own a small business, it is also a great way to network.
With LinkedIn, you can:
- Locate people in your same industry.
- Link to other businesses to offer services.
- Browse resumes to find skilled professionals.
- Post jobs and receive serious inquiries.
- Join groups and share industry ideas.
Find a Contractor
Not ready to add a full-time employee yet? Look for contractors on websites like Elance or Odesk. You can find a web page developer to set up your business site and a writer to create web content that sells. Then hire a virtual assistant when all those orders start flooding from your new website.
To find a contactor, simply post a job and bids will flood your inbox. Review the profiles of bidders to find the right skill level and price for your budget.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Going green is a great way to save money. If you want to create a small business with a green image, cut your use of paper by using EchoSign. This convenient website allows you to upload documents and contracts that need signatures. Once signed, save documents on the EchoSign website until you need them.
Get Tax Help
Do you wait until the last-minute to file your taxes? If so, your business can benefit from online small Business services that offer tax help. When you let someone else handle your taxes, you can concentrate on growing your business.
In 2010, there were 27.9 million small business in the U.S. Whether you are new to this number or a veteran, these six tools will help you stand out from your competition and save money.
Suzanne Pilkington is a hospice worker, freelance writer and a mother. She loves to write, because she can learn something new each day.