Your Online “Swiss Knife” for Business Startups and Entrepreneurs
We all know starting new businesses isn’t a walk in the park. Every year, there are many entrepreneurs who start new businesses. And, of course, there are many others who never quite achieve lift-off.
What differentiates the entrepreneurs who act from the dreamers who never try?
Choosing the right tools from the start is a crucial step toward making your business succeed.
With thousands of apps available, it’s hard to figure out which ones are the best for your business.
A business demands many skillsets – fundraiser, marketer, HR rep, web designer, and so much more. And since 62% of businesses in the US have 5 or fewer employees, this means that many of these responsibilities inevitably fall to the founder. The great news is that there is a huge variety of tools available to help support potential entrepreneurs.
We’ve gathered a collection of tools for startups and entrepreneurs that help you simplify, streamline, and get your new business running in no time.
Clickfunnels is an all-in-one sales funnel platform. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop page editor, allows you to process payments, and includes affiliate tools so anyone can get paid to promote your products and services.
Fun Fact, they give out annual awards to users who make it into the “two comma club” by selling over $1,000,000 in products or services using Clickfunnels.
MailChimp is still a powerhouse for sending emails to your subscribers and customers. You can automate your emails so they send based on user actions like clicking specific links. It has a super simple drag-and-drop email builder and plans that scale with your business.
Squarespace is another online DIY web design service and is a choice for almost any business site. They are known for their award-winning templates and a wide range of customization options.
The customization options may be a bit overwhelming if you’re new to design, but the resulting control is great. It’s hard to make a terrible website with Squarespace.
LeadPages is a drag-and-drop software tool that you can use to create landing pages for your webinars, books, courses and other products. You can also use this to set up email sign-up forms that help you grow your list faster. Use it to deliver ethical bribes that convert new website visitors into leads or customers.
The main selling point of LeadPages is its ease of use. Using the drag and drop editor, it takes five minutes to create a landing page that traditionally would have taken several hours. Best of all, you don’t need to know any code to do this.
If you have complex appointment scheduling with multiple people and resources then you should check out Acuity Scheduling.
It makes appointment scheduling easy with calendar integration, resource management, automated emails, embedded booking forms, and tons of other features.
Fun fact: their entrepreneur plan is free if you build your website on Squarespace.
Facebook is the the best paid marketing platform in the world right now. You can get your brand in front of over 2 billion people across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and the Audience Network (apps, publications, and websites).
Not only do you have access to all these people, but you also can tell your story in many formats. You can use videos and images, capture leads from an ad, or dynamically show products from your store that users viewed 30 days ago.
Facebook ads are hands-down the best way to get your brand in front of a highly targeted group of new customers.
All-in-one software solutions are rarely the best option when you’re getting started. Instead, get the best apps, software, and tools for your specific business type.
Zapier lets you integrate all your business apps and create custom workflows so you can automate processes across your business. Zapier can connect over 1,100 apps and is used by big companies like Adobe and Spotify.
Running a business with your personal email looks unprofessional. It’s also a great way to have business emails get lost in the mix of spam, trash, or personal inquiries.
G Suite by Google lets your separate the foundation of your business (email, calendar, documents) from your personal life.
Asana is one of the easiest project management tools out there. Asana’s popularity stems from its ease of use as well as powerful features you can use for management of even complicated projects.
Asana will help you manage your business in a very efficient way. It will give you access to organizations and workspaces. Workspaces include projects, which in turn include tasks. Much like other systems, it allows teams to plan, share and organize their work. Teams can use Asana for a simple to-do list to organize their work.
Phew! There are LOTS of tools there — all of which can add major value to and grow your business. Don’t let 2019 be just another year. Instead, use these amazing apps, gadgets, and platforms to make it the year that your company takes off.
What did we miss? Let us know your preferred tools for automating, tracking, and growing your business in the comments below. :)