As an entrepreneur, you want to ensure you optimize the use of your time and cash to grow your business. Believe it or not, there are a tremendous amount of free resources available online and offline to help you grow your business. There a many non-profit organizations that are solely dedicated to helping small businesses succeed and create jobs for the economy. It is simply a question of tapping into their resources. Furthermore, many technology companies offer free versions of their software which are both easy to use and effective tools. See below the Top 5 Resources we ranked for you:
1. SCORE – Advisory, Templates and Tools
Want free advice from business experts and access to online resources? SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because it is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has a network of 11,000+ volunteers, SCORE deliver services at no charge or at very low cost. SCORE services include mentorship, workshops, and online templates and tools.
2. Zoho CRM – Customer Relationship Management
Need help keeping track of client relationships? Zoho CRM is software solution that allows you to manage all your sales, marketing, customer support, inventory management and email within in a single business system. Zoho CRM provides a free edition for up to three users for an unlimited amount of time.
3. Project Management – Trello
Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, random sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects and get Trello, the easy, free, and visual way to organize your important stuff. Trello is an online and mobile solution that enables you to assign tasks, track progress and interact with project members seamlessly.
4. Cloud-based Applications – Google Apps
If you have a business, your e-mail address needs to end with @YOURDOMAIN.com. Using Gmail, yahoo, or other services can look unprofessional and hurt your credibility. Google Apps solves all of that for free (for up to 10 users), plus you will have access to familiar Google tools and applications and lots more from third-party developers to help you run your business from anywhere.
5. Remote Desktop Access – LogMeIn.com
You can access your desktop any time you need with the robust, free version of this remote desktop management tool. Perhaps the best thing about LogMeIn.com is the ability to quickly log in and use software on your desktop from anywhere, regardless of whether or not the device you are on has the same software.
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