Recommended Business Tools

 

When operating a business, it’s important to have the right tools for the job.  The right tools can make or break your business and have a major impact on your day-to-day operation.  On this page, you’ll find a handful of resources hand-selected and personally recommended by our team.  Some of the vendors below are affiliates or partners of ours, while others are just service providers that we really like.  Regardless, we would never recommend a service or associate our name with something we didn’t believe in or use ourselves.

Evernote

Evernote

Evernote is an app designed for note-taking, organizing, task management, and much more.  Think of it as a digital notebook that you can bring with you everywhere you go.  Save multiple notes in multiple notebooks and access them on multiple devices.  Use tags to stay organized and find notes in the future.

Free Version:  YES

Premium Plan:  Starting at $34.99 per year

More Information:  Official Website

Calendly

Calendly

Calendly is an app for scheduling appointments, meetings, and events. It helps eliminate the problematic back-and-forth when trying to nail down times for multiple parties to meet. Rather than email chains and phone tag, you can send your availability with a Calendly link, even to people who don’t use Calendly.

Free Version:  YES

Premium Plan:  Starting at $8.00 per month

More Information:  Official Website

Vonage Business

Vonage Business

If you need a dedicated phone number or phone system for your business, we’ve got some suggestions for you.  Having a dedicated number and phone system is so important for so many reasons.  It helps you differentiate business calls from personal ones while offering a ton of convenient bells & whistles.

Free Version:  NO

Premium Plan:  Starting at $49.99 per month

More Information:  Official Website

Trello

Trello

Trello is a great project or task management tool.  If you’re anything like us, we have to manage multiple requests across multiple projects at the same time.  Trello has a very easy to use interface and has greatly helped us stay on top of our to-do lists and make sure all of our projects are staying on track.

Free Version:  YES

Premium Plan:  Starting at $12.50 per mo.

More Information:  Official Website

PayPal Business

PayPal Business

PayPal has come a long way over the last few years.  Their new user interface makes using their platform easy.  Create and manage invoices, estimates, run reports, and more.  We love that you can set up subscriptions and charge your customers automatically on a regular basis.  It even comes with a cash-back debit card!

Free Version:  YES

Premium Plan:  NA

More Information:  Official Website

Google MyBusiness

Google MyBusiness

Google My Business is a free tool that allows you to promote your business on Google Search and Maps. With your Google My Business account, you can see and connect with your customers, post updates to your business profile, and see how customers are interacting with your business on Google.

Free Version:  YES

Premium Plan:  NA

More Information:  Official Website

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more. Using these power tools, you can take your ideas to new levels.  Software includes Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Audition, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, and more.

Free Version:  NO

Premium Plan:  Starting at $52.99/mo

More Information:  Official Website

MailChimp

MailChimp

Mailchimp is an all-in-one integrated marketing platform for small businesses, to grow their business on their terms.  If you’re not using email marketing for your business, you should consider it.  Did you know that email is 40% better at converting leads to customers compared to Facebook and Twitter. 

Free Version:  YES

Premium Plan:  Starting at $9.99 per month

More Information:  Official Website

Google Analytics

Google Analytics

There are many web analytic tools you can use to collect website data, the most popular and free version that websites can use is Google Analytics. Google Analytics allows you to track and understand your customer’s behavior, user experience, online content, device functionality, and more.

Free Version:  YES

Premium Plan:  NA

More Information:  Official Website