Free Must-Haves for Every Small Business

Running a business means wearing a lot of hats. There are always invoices to be sent, bills to be paid, projects to be managed, phone calls to return, clients to meet…oh yeah, and don’t forget you still have to do whatever it is your business does. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for tools to help me run things more efficiently. If efficiency is a must for you and your business, check out the list of tools I recommend below. They’re easy to learn and free!

Wave is an easy way to track all of your financials in one place. You can easily invoice customers, create bills and track receipts. Invoices can be emailed to your clients directly from the Wave application with the option of having them pay you online by credit card. Wave charges a small, per transaction fee for credit card processing and the money is deposited into your bank account. It syncs seamlessly with your bank account, and you can access financial reports with a couple clicks. The dashboard on your homepage gives you a quick glimpse of income versus expenses, payables coming due and net income.

Trello is a free, online tool for managing projects and personal tasks. Trello gives you the flexibility to create boards for anything you’re working on and use them for yourself or to collaborate with a group. With Trello you’ll know exactly what needs to get done, who’s going to do it, and what’s coming up next.

The idea is simple: write your projects or ideas down on Trello cards and arrange them in lists on your boards. Then add details to your cards such as: checklists, comments, and photos and/or videos.

Everything you do is synced and saved instantly to the cloud, so that all your devices are always up to date.

File sharing apps are a dime a dozen, but Box is at the top of my list. So what makes Box so much better? A free personal account on Box gets you 10 GB of storage! Compare that to the 2 GB you get with a similar account on Dropbox, and it’s pretty clear why Box is the winner. Plus the new addition of Box Notes lets you create a new document online that can be saved and concurrently edited directly from Box without any software.

So now you’ve seen my list of must-haves for running a small business. What new software or apps are a necessity for you?