Top Free Tools for Small Business

April 2015. Author: Oliver Smith


I've compiled a list of tools that I've used and found useful running my own business. I hope that the list of free tools will help you and your business succeed.

Dropbox

Many of you will already use Dropbox, but as I've been a happy for user for years I thought I'd put it top of my list.

Dropbox is a cloud-storage service that lets you access and sync files across all your devices. You can also share folders and files with other people meaning you can easily share important documents with colleagues.

DROPBOX

Windows Movie Maker

This list isn't in any particular order. However in this day and age creating videos for your website is an important part of providing your customers with great content.

Windows Movie Maker is really easy to use and lets you combine video footage, pictures, music and voiceover's to create your own videos. It's great for beginners to quickly put something together.

WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER

Reachmail - Email Marketing

Reachmail provides you with free email marketing for life! There are limits, but it does let you send 15,000 message a month for free. Not bad in my eyes.

There's lots more to Reachmail too, you can create forms to collect email addresses and even run surveys.

REACHMAIL

Mozilla Thunderbird

Don't want to pay for Microsoft Outlook, but want a desktop email clients? Although Thunderbird doesn't have all of the bells and whistles, it's still a robust and reliable FREE email client.

MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD

LibreOffice

Another free alternative to a Microsoft product range. LibreOffice gives you free alternatives to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It's brilliant for a freebie. I'm a Yorkshireman so, oh boy, do I love this!

LIBREOFFICE

Hootsuite

Social Media is a massive part of the marketing mix these days. Posting updates on a regular basis can be time consuming. Hootsuite enables you to schedule messages across Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels in bulk to save time.

HOOTSUITE

Google Webmaster

If you've got your own website then Google Webmaster is extremely valuable. Google Analytics might get all of the time light, but Webmaster is the primary tool for Google to communicate with webmasters and helps identify site issues to ensure your site is running smoothly. You can also manually get Google to crawl your site, meaning that if you make changes to your site you don't have to wait for the spiders to crawl your pages, you can get them to do it right away. This article examples it well.

GOOGLE WEBMASTER