Part 1 highlighted Accounting resources for the small business. Let's hop right in to Part 2...
Constant Contact offers email, event, and social media marketing tools and solutions. This 15 year old company helps small businesses connect with their customers and clients. Low cost plans are around $15/month.
MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. They offer a free plan that covers up to 2,000 subscribers. Low cost plans start at $10/month.
Manta is where small business grows with 25 million users monthly searching through a directory of 89 million companies. You can utilize the free account or boost results with a premium business listing. Manta has a lot of really cool extra features like community forums and Q&A, so check it out!
Google Places offers free opportunities for small businesses to be found by their local communities.
Time Driver handles online appointment scheduling. This program was greatly helpful to me when scheduling phone interviews and client meetings as an Independent Recruiter. There is a 30-day free trial and low cost pricing options available (as little at $49/year for one user).
Acuity boasts free appointment setting online, anywhere in the world — and on your schedule. There is a 14 day free trial, and a free option, as well as a few low cost solutions. The $10 monthly plan is pretty robust, and syncs with Google Mail.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
“A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” ~Michael LeBoeuf
Survey Monkey allows you to create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time. The basic account is 100% free. If you need something more robust, you can compare plans based on your needs (paid plans start at $17/month).
The next installment of Tech Tools will highlight additional no-cost/low cost tools for entrepreneurs in the areas of Email, File and People Management. If there are resources you've used that you don't see here, feel free to add to the comments.
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Maisha Cannon is a Technical Sourcer/Recruiter committed to introducing employers to talent that will enhance and grow their businesses. Over the span of her 15 year career in Human Resources, Maisha has filled over 1,000 positions, and has coached hundreds of candidates on resume writing, interviewing skills, and career planning. She spends her limited free time wishing she were blogging more, engrossed in social media, and catching up on all the shows she's missed on DVR.