25 Free tools to help kickstart your new online businessBy Amirul Mokhtar · 4th May, 2016
You have an idea (or kinda have an idea) for your new online business. Great, but that's the easy part. Actually getting to start your online business is hard work. You will need all the help you can get. That is why I have compiled a list of easy-to-use tools (25 to be exact) for you to get your online business up and running.
Your business name is a very important part of your business. It is something that people will remember you by so make sure you take time to think about it.
Business name generator - Generate professional, cool, or hip business names around your keywords.
Domain name availability checker - Once you have chosen the perfect business name, check to see if a domain name is available. Domain name is also a big part of your brand when doing an online business. Especially when you want to have your own website or online store.
Slogan generator - Make your business even more memorable with catchy slogans.
Hipster Logo Generator - The name says it all. If you're business is hip, current, and stylish, then this is where you want to be designing your logo.
Logaster - This is a logo creation wizard where you can craft out your very own unique logo. It's free to use the wizard to design your logo and download a low-resolution of it. But you will need to pay to download a higher-resolution.
When first starting out, you will probably need all the time you can get to get your business up and running. Here are some tools to help manage your tasks.
Trello - Create to-do list, organise your work, and track progress easily with Trello boards. You can even add team members and assign them with tasks.
Google Drive - A file storage and synchronization service by Google. It allows you to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents. You an access your files from any devices so you don't have to carry your pendrive or harddisk around
Dropbox - Similar with Google drive, Dropbox keeps your safe, synced, and easy to share. You will never lose a file again. Dropbox has a very user-friendly interface and it really does make sharing files easy. It can also be integrated with a lot of apps that we use on a daily basis.
Evernote - Other than a pen and a notebook, you will probably need a more digital way of writing down ideas or notes. That is where Evernote comes in. You can save notes, photos, articles, and many more. You can also sync to other devices so will always have access.
You worked way to hard to come up with the perfect business name and just claiming a domain name is not enough. You also need to claim your social media profiles.
Facebook - Create a Facebook page for your business. Almost everyone is on Facebook (except my mom) and most likely your target audience are too. This allows you to reach out to them.
Instagram - Connect with your audience through visuals. It is a great platform to build your brand.
Twitter - See what your target audience is talking about. Twitter is all about trends so it is a great way to stay up to date with your audience.
LinkedIn - A great platform to build your network or maybe even find your customers if you are in the B2B business.
If you are a one or two men team, you probably need to be a jack of all trades which means you do everything yourself. This even include being a designer. If you're like me and have absolutely no skills in design, then these tools will definitely help.
Powerpoint - Yes, powerpoint has come a long way since. It is now more than just a presentation tool. You can crop, brighten, sharpen, and even remove background of your photos. The best part is that most of us already have it in our computers and are very familiar with how it works.
Canva - Not sure what image size to use for social media profiles and posts? Canva has premade templates for pretty much all of your social media design needs. You can create beautiful cover photos and quotes for your posts. Warning: it will make you look like you are a professional designer.
Freebble - Here you can find 1000+ design freebies which include icons, logos, vectors, and even stock photos.
Stock photos - Here are places where you can get royalty free, high resolution, stock images for your business.
Icons - Make your content more visually appealing with icons
Communication is essential when doing business. You will need to communicate with your team members, your suppliers, your partners, and even your customers and clients. Here are the tools to make communication easier
Skype - This is a great communication tool for small businesses. You can create special groups for your Cteam, have a video conference, or even provide customer service.
Gmail - You will need email for a lot of things. You can create a free email account using Gmail. Google also provide a variety of business tools for small businesses, so it's great to have a Gmail account ready. You will also be using emails a lot to communicate with potential partners or clients.
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