19 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Have

Here are 19 tools every entrepreneur should have.

Every entrepreneur needs a solid set of tools to conduct their business with.

However, many will spend quite a bit of time looking for the perfect tool for them, usually falling into a trap of not knowing which tool is the best to grab.

Here are tools that will not break the bank, and you will find that they make your business run smoother than you could have imagined, allowing you to focus on other aspects of operations that require your attention.

1. Google Voice
google voice

Google Voice provides you with a free phone number that you can use as a business line.

Talk about not breaking the bank!

This phone number can be forwarded to any other number that you would like, including your cell phone and home phone number.

You can even set up a distinct voicemail account for the phone number so that callers think that it is strictly a business line.

As far as call forwarding is concerned, there is no better option on the market.

2. WordPress
WordPress

A web presence is crucial in today’s marketplace, and the best way to achieve that online presence is through WordPress.

WordPress makes publishing fast and easy.

Their websites are 100% customizable, and provide outlets like a blogging platform that allow you to connect with your customers.

WordPress is definitely one of the most highly used platforms for a small business’s web presence for a reason.

3. Google Alerts
Google Alerts

You will find that the longer you investigate productivity apps that Google has many of its competitors easily outdone for ease of use and price tag.

Google Alerts is another free service from the technological giant that allows you to keep a tab on your web presence and your competitors by tracking analytics for search terms on the ubiquitous search engine.

You can track where you have shown up on blogs, social media pages, and much more.

4. Intuit Quickbooks
Intuit Quickbooks

Everybody will need to track their cash flow, and Quickbooks is the most used software for the job for a reason.

The price tag is low and it takes care of most of your accounting for you.

Quickbooks can easily handle the accounting for many small to medium sized businesses without necessitating hiring an accountant for your business, saving you quite a bit of money overall while providing a necessary service for your business.

5. Hootsuite
Hootsuite

Social media marketing is really important for businesses nowadays, with more and more time being spent online instead of watching television.

However, if you have multiple social media accounts for your business, which you should, it can be hard to keep track of all of them.

However, with this productivity tool, you can keep track of all of your social media accounts from a single dashboard, making posting and keeping in touch with your customers a breeze.

6. Buffer
Buffer

Buffer is a great platform and app to find and schedule content on all social media platforms.

You can also view analytics, shorten links, create schedules and reshare messages that have already been shared before.

This makes building up your brand and company on social media extremely easy.

7. Google Drive
Google Drive

Most people already know about this tool, but Chromebooks and ability to convert and edit Microsoft Office documents make Google Drive (and accompanying Docs and Sheets) a great way to collaborate and share documents with your clients, freelancers or employees.

8. Fiverr
Fiverr

If you need a logo, social-media cover photo, podcast intro, website content and more, be sure to check out Fiverr.

Sure, the gigs start at $5 but that doesn’t mean they are sub par.

Look at reviews and actual Fiverr gig samples before deciding on a contractor.

9. Upwork
Upwork

Great work starts with great talent.

Get amazing results working with the best programmers, designers, writers and other top online pros.

Hire freelancers with confidence, always knowing their work experience and feedback from other clients.

10. Google Now
Google Now

If you are an Android user, connect your Google account to your phone and take advantage of Google Now.

Which can tell you when to leave for appointments that are on your calendar, whether or not your flight is delayed or even new articles from websites you frequent often.

This “virtual personal assistant of sorts” can help you stay organized and on track, even if you have a lot of balls in the air, as most entrepreneurs do.

11. Audible/Kindle Unlimited
Audible/Kindle Unlimited

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited plan and Audible (also part of Amazon) allow you to listen and read several books from its service each month. 

12. Pinterest
Pinterest

Surprisingly, Pinterest can be a great place to find inspiration for new products and upcoming trends (so you can use them in your own projects), as well as a place to share your products and inspirations as a company.

Power personal blender Nutribullet is a good example of a growing company that capitalizes on its audience’s interest in healthy living on Pinterest.

13. HARO Help A Reporter Out
HARO

Help a Reporter Out is an email that goes out multiple times per day, with requests from reporters for sources for their stories.

This can turn into free publicity for your company.

Be sure to respond ASAP, as some requests can get competitive.

14. Join.Me
Join.Me

Going back to working with a distributed workforce, Join.Me allows you to share your screen with another user quickly, for free.

All you need is the free software, and the other user can see your screen from their browser.

If both of you have the software, however, you can also cede control of your mouse to the other user, allow tutorials, customer service and how-to demonstrations easier than ever.

15. Jing
Jing

Jing is a free screencast (screen recording) and screenshot software that makes it easy to record product demos, illustrative how-tos for virtual assistants or screenshots for blog posts and product description pages.

16. BlogDash
BlogDash

BlogDash allows you to connect with bloggers in your specific niche to review products, sponsor blog giveaways or build relationships.

Bloggers have a significant audience base and impact on trends, product sales and more, so it’s important to have a great relationship with them.

17. RescueTime
RescueTime

Find your ideal work‑life balance.

With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it’s easy to get scattered.

RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.

18. aTimeLogger
aTimeLogger

aTimelogger is an application for tracking your personal or working activities.

Spending only a few minutes a day on this app you will get daily, weekly and monthly statistics in the form of diagrams and graphs.

Using this data you’ll be able to control and manage your time.

19. Taxbot
Taxbot

Automatic Mileage Tracking

Turn on our Automatic Tracking from the home screen and Taxbot will automatically track your trip for you.

That means you don’t have to remember to start and stop your mileage tracking.

Digitally Track Receipts

Taxbot allows you to take crisp photos of your receipts and then requests the appropriate information for that expense to be tax compliant.

Forget the chaos of lost or misplaced receipts.

Approach April 15th with confidence knowing you are fully documented and compliant.

AuditSafe™ Reports

Taxbot is your IRS compliance partner.

With the click of a mouse you can print off beautifully formatted AuditSafe deduction reports.

It’s time to replace that “shoebox of receipts”. 

What other tools do you recommend?

Leave a comment below and add your suggestions to this list.

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Maria Barina is a mother and grandmother who worked for the NYC Board of Education as Laboratory Specialist Bio/GS for 26yrs till the age of 56. Her husband, after 37 of marriage, passed away from Lung Cancer. She came to myEmpirePRO to seek guidance on how to get freedom that an online business can provide. Freedom to her is being able to do what she wants, when she wants to and to show others they can do the same to. Since she done that she is able to do this by working anywhere she goes and became a mobile-prenuer

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