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Small Business Resources and Toolbox Page

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your small business needs. I’ll add to it as I learn about more great tools that can help with your business. All of the tools and services listed are ones that I currently use, or have used in the past.  I’m going to continually update this page as I use, learn and write about great tools to help with your business.  If you ever have any questions about a product, just contact me and i’ll be happy to answer your questions. Please bookmark it so you can refer to it as needed.

Disclosure: Please note that a few of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are all things that I have experience with that I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I trust, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products. Please do not spend money unless you feel it’s for something you really need and will help you reach your goals.

Website Hosting

Host Gator – This website is currently hosted on Host Gator.  Their customer service is top notch and makes them a standout in the entry level hosting category

Weebly – Makes designing and hosting your website as easy as can be.  The drag and drop editor let’s even a novice create a great looking website.  Weebly offers free hosting options, even if you use a custom domain name for your website

Blogging

WordPress – All of my websites are powered with WordPress.  It’s a great Content Management System (CMS) that is easy enough to use for beginners and virtually unlimited options when it comes to website customization.  It’s a free platform to use and most website hosting providers offer an easy one click installation so you can get started in minutes.

Headway Themes – This website is powered by Headway Themes.  It’s a premium WordPress theme that let’s you build a professional looking website using easy to use drag and drop technology.  No other theme offers this much flexibility and power.

Productivity

Evernote – If you own a smart phone, Evernote is one of the most useful apps you will ever own.  It’s a free note taking and cloud storage service that lets you basically save just about anything.  This is my #1 productivity tool

TeamViewer -  A free program that lets you access and control  a computer remotely from anywhere there is an internet connection.  Great if you are working from home but need to access your work computer.

Sign Now – A free and super useful tool that lets you sign electronic documents without having to download, print and fax a document back to the sender.

I-Print (Clicktoconvert.com) – A free tool you can download into your computer that lets you save a ton on your printing costs.  I save about $20 a month on printer paper using this free tool

Joliprint - A free bookmarklet that let’s you create ad free, great looking PDF versions of a web page.  If you like to print articles from the web, this tool is a must

 

Cloud Storage and Backup Services

SugarSync – I use this service to sync and backup all of my computers.  It’s really easy to use and once you set it up, will sync and backup all of your files in real time, even the pictures and files on your mobile phone.

DropBox – DropBox installs a simple  folder on your computer that lets you sync any file that you drop into this folder to their cloud storage service.  This service is the best for sharing and collaborating with others as everyone can install the same folder on their computers and all data is synced in real time.

Communications

Vonage - If you are a solo entrepreneur and only need a single phone line, Vonage can’t be beat with it’s low monthly rates and free calling to dozens of countries.  I’ve used Vonage for my home office for about 8 years now.

Ring Central - If you will need multiple phone lines for your business, Ring Central provides inexpensive and reliable VOIP phone service.  I use them for my business and it works great.

Hello Fax – Online faxing service that makes sending and receiving faxes from your computer or phone a breeze.  They have both free and paid options.  This is the only faxing service I use and it’s great.

Grass Hopper – A virtual phone system that integrates with your existing phone services.

Join.Me – A free tool that lets you create online webinars, training programs and screen shares in a matter of minutes.  A really easy tool to use, even for novices.

Marketing

Mailchimp – Easy to use email marketing tool that offers a very generous free account.  Mailchimp lets you create customized newsletter templates that match your brand image.

Moo – Custom online business cards.  The nice thing with Moo is that you can create a different background image or text on every single card, great for promotions and the creative type.  I like to use different inspirational quotes on the back of my cards, Moo makes it easy for me to do so.

Google Products

Google Apps – By far the best productivity suite available to small business owners.  Best of all, it’s free for up to 10 email accounts.  I frequently write about Google Apps as I think it’s a great tool.

Google Alerts – A free tool that let’s you create custom alerts that are emailed to you if your business or you are mentioned somewhere online.  You can read more about setting custom alerts here.

Google Analytics – If you have a website or run an E-Commerce store, this tool is a must.  Lets you see how many people are coming to your site, from where and for how long.  Best of all, it’s free.

Google Chrome – My web browser of choice.  It’s fast, easy to use and have tons of add on extensions that let’s you do far more than you could ever do with a traditional web browser like Internet Explorer.

Government and Non-Profit

U.S. Small Business Association -  Lots of great information on starting a business, loan options, business planning and available resources for a small business.

The Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) is a partnership program uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

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