Your Small Business Toolkit
Owning your own business or a start-up can be a challenging process. There are many things to consider, from budgeting, marketing, branding... How are you going to manage everything while effectively running your business? Below we've put together a few of the tools that we use, they are all easy to get the hang of and free (some upgrade options available).
One of our favourite tools, Buffer lets you create posts for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest all in one go. You can schedule posts for your business and see how many clicks you've had, re-tweets and more.
You don't need to be a designer to be able to create stunning posts. Canva helps you put together a professional looking design with a mixture of images, icons and text. A very easy to use interface and lots of free to use templates. We love that you don't need to worry about the sizing, as you can choose predefined layouts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
An excellent app if you work mostly from your phone, Abode Post lets you easily create stunning graphics for your social media posts.
DOCUMENTS & TRANSFERS
For those of you who aren't that tech savvy, WeTransfer is an easy way to send files that's not via email (you can send up to 2GB instead of 10 MB). There's no sign up or log in, all you do is upload your files, enter the recipients email address and send away. You will receive an email notifying you when the file has been downloaded. So easy!
Looking for hi-res, good quality photos to use for your website and social media? You don't need to spend thousands on stock libraries. Unsplash have amazing images, all free to use, and they upload 10 new images every 10 days. Worth signing up to their newsletter I think...
Use Shopify for a quick and easy way to set up an online store for your website. You can manage orders, contact customers, track sales and more.
We use Moo all the time and have found them to be one of the best online printing services. The best part is that your product comes neatly packed in it's own, super cool box :)
Easily create and track your own email campaigns with Mailchimp, with an easy to use drag and drop design, you can start from scratch and create gorgeous looking email newsletters that match your brand style.