Roundup – Essential Tools All Small Businesses Need

Running a business is amazing, rewarding, and hard…and even more so when you don’t have the right tools to hand. So, to help you along your startup and entrepreneurial journey we have rated and curated an amazing list of the best online, essential resources and tools, Startup resources here you go! 

These rock! Not only for startups but for busy entrepreneurs, solo entrepreneurs, consultants, and more. 

STARTUP RESOURCES – THE LIST!

This essential and awesome list will help you get ahead.

SCHEDULING TOOL

Never miss an appointment or meeting with the helping hand of a scheduling tool, I certainly couldn’t live without one. It syncs to your calendars and allows clients to book appointments directly with you online.

CRM/INVOICING/WORKFLOWS

Use a complete system that manages it all, automate, organize, and optimize your business management.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Work with your colleagues to track progress and projects all in one place.

RESOURCES

This is a must-know tool, an online directory of just about everything every startup needs, from idea generation to analysis.  

STUCK ON A NAME?

For just in case you didn’t come up with an awesome name or snag a cool URL.

DESIGN STUFF

Make an impact with visual marketing by using beautiful imagery.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Manage all your channels from one place.

COMMS

Real time, team communication for use on device or desktop.

  • Slack
  • WhatsApp (our choice!)

TIME TRACKING

Online time tracking, and time sheets, knowing where your time is being spent is essential for all startups.

VIDEO CONFERENCING

Video conferencing and screen sharing plays a bigger part in business today, pick your provider from my shortlist,

SCREEN CAPTURE

Screen capture software is so handy for presentations and business packs.

VIDEO CAPTURE

Use video to enhance your business, from how-to guides to staff training and briefing.

  • Jing
  • Loom (my preference it’s awesome!)

EMAIL NEWSLETTERS

Don’t miss out on the power of email marketing, create beautiful mail outs from dozens of templates or create your own.

GRAPHICS

Create branded content instantly 

Here at iGina we use Canva + the full Adobe suite as well.

ANALYTICS

There’s just nothing quite like it on the market.

PRODUCTIVITY

Struggling to get your work-life balance right? Then use this tool to find out where you are going wrong.

LEARNING TOOLS

Empower yourself and your employees.

  • Coursera – For helping your employees grow in their careers.
  • Udemy – For mastering a particular subject before hiring someone else to do it.
  • edX – For learning more about your industry.
  • Clarity – For mentoring and coaching.
  • YouTube – For entertainment and miscellaneous education.
  • CreativeLive – one of my favs!
  • FutureLearn
  • Skillshare

ACCOUNTING

Highly recommended by the team at iGina, she’s just great!

LAWYER / CONTRACT

Again another personal recommendation for you.

 

NAMING RESOURCES

Need a little name inspiration?

Well, there you have it all the amazing tried and tested absolute essential startup (and more) resources. Please share the list with your colleagues and friends. 

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Gina Dunn is a brand strategist and her mission is to help business owners all over the world to break through their business barriers and realize their brand potential, sometimes for the very first time.

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