The internet offers countless tools and resources that can do wonders for the growth of your business. Here are 101 of them.
In this day and age, the Internet can solve practically anything–except, well, your relationship problems. However, it is, without a doubt, the most useful tool for all businesses.
Below is a curated list of our top 101 small business tools online that will help you manage, grow, and sustain whatever ecommerce website development endeavors you are pursuing.
Platforms For Hosting Your Website
1) HostGator: Hosts your website and comes with easy to use site building tools, free templates, and much more.
2) Godaddy: Internet domain registrar and web hosting company.
Office Communication / File Sharing
3) Skype: Allows you to quickly send files around the office as well as communicate across the globe. The software is free and easy to use!
4) GoogleDocs: Free tool that allows users to create, edit, share, and access your documents online.
5) Yammer: Allows users to create their own Twitter and Facebook-like communication environment, but for internal employees only.
6) Dropbox: Allows users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.
7) Nomadesk: Online file server.
8) Yugma: A free web conferencing service.
9) HipChat: Group chat and video chat for teams. Drag and drop file sharing, screen sharing, and chat rooms.
Websites to Generate Funding
10) IndieGoGo: Free international crowd-funding for projects and businesses of all type.
11) KickStarter: Free crowd-sourced funding platform for any project.
Social Media / Social Media Management
12) HootSuite: Free social media dashboard that lets you control all of your social media platforms.
13) Yelp: Highly used app that allows customers to review your company for free. The better reviews you get, the more people will use you!
14) LinkedIn: The corporate version of Facebook. Connect with potential employees and view their resumes easily.
15) Facebook: Connect instantly with fans and customers. Share news, pictures, events, and more!
16) Twitter: Instantly update your followers with news about your company.
17) TweetReach: Analytic tool that helps businesses measure their tweets. You can discover how many users received your tweets, how far your message has gone, and who is talking about your brand.
18) Youtube: Create video content to promote your product/business!
19) Twiangulate: Great for finding new people to follow on Twitter with similar interests and build up an audience.
20) Tumblr: Very popular blogging platform.
21) JustUnfollow: This web-based app helps clean your twitter and grow followers.
22) FollowerWonk: Social media analyzer. Helps you figure out who to follow based on sites similar to yours.
23) SproutSocial: This social dashboard allows you to track activity across a variety of networks, engage with followers in one spot and analyze your influence.
24) TweetDeck: Twitter management tool.
25) Rapportive: Integrates with your Gmail Account. It automatically loads a photo of the contact you are emailing, their twitter feed, LinkedIn/Facebook Info, and more.
26) Sendible: Helps manage multiple social media platforms. Extremely helpful if you have multiple clients who need you to manage their accounts.
27) NeedTagger: It helps you find customers, generate leads and attract followers on Twitter. It is used for customer service and content marketing.
Cloud Storage / Online Backup
28) Carbonite: Fantastic and affordable cloud storage and online backup for any business.
29) Huddle: A network for cross-organization collaboration in a cloud-based system.
30) EverNote: An easily accessible app that helps you remember things. To-do lists, reminders, and ideas. You can easily sync Evernote to all of your devices so you can add on the go.
31) FreedCamp: Project management website that you, and your employees, can access. An easy way to post projects, upcoming projects, and update the status on a particular project.
32) Appointlet: Online appointment scheduling for Google Calendar. It allows your clients to schedule an appointment without the hassle of calling.
33) LastPass: Saves all of your passwords in one convenient place.
34) StudioCloud: Business management software designed for small business owners. Can operate on your desktop while automatically syncing your data to your mobile phone, internet browser, or any internet enabled device. All of StudioCloud’s features are completely integrated including client management, scheduling, point-of-sale, bookkeeping, reporting, marketing tools, and more.
35) BatchBook: Helps customers organize contact information and access it from the cloud so that small businesses can stay on top of their agendas.
36) Work: Combines social software with performance management to help managers and teams learn faster and perform better. Also helps small business decision-makers solve their most pressing business problems.
37) Fluxiom: Organize and share your digital assets within your company, your colleagues and friends. Manage any kind of file like corporate media assets, marketing materials, product folders, contracts, images, text documents, logos and artwork.
38) SmartSheet: Offers an enterprise-ready cloud app for work management and collaboration.
39) Attensa: An integrated collection of software tools and servers distribute, organize and process RSS and Web feeds to help businesses improve collaboration, solve problems, spark innovation and improve decision-making.
40) Zoho: Offers a suite of online business, productivity and collaboration applications. Customers can run their business processes, manage their information and be more productive while at the office or on the go, without having to worry about expensive or outdated hardware or software.
41) Insightly: Free CRM system for any small-business. Integration to Google Apps, Office 365, MailChimp, and major social media sites.
42) VoxOx: Cloud communication service. Keep your work phone, home phone, cell phone, and a few email accounts in one place. All contacts will also sync up.
43) Prezi: Create fantastically involved presentations, more involved and memorable than any PowerPoint presentation.
44) SlideRocket: A helpful tool that will allow you to create cool and memorable presentations.
Money Management / Pricing
45) Paypal: Collect payments online or send them.
46) Mint: Free financial website that helps you track and organize your spending.
47) Quotebase: Create price quotes easily. Archive them, save them, update them, and email them.
48) Quickbooks: Accounting software for most small businesses.
49) GoogleWallet: Send money using the Google Wallet app, site, or by attaching money in Gmail.
50) IRS: It’s important for business owners to have their federal and state taxes under control. The IRS can help with information and to stay current on new tax laws that effect business owners.
51) SBA: Delivers loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance for small businesses.
Business Listings: Places to Find a Business or to List Your Business
52) CitySearch: Provides a comprehensive listing of businesses by categories. You can add your own as well.
53) GoogleMyBusiness: Gives information to your customers about your business. Location, hours of operation, phone number. This also lets your customers review your company and rate it.
54) SuperPages: Free place to list your business.
55) InBusiness: A business profile website with over 20 million company profiles listed. Companies can add a profile for free with links back to their main website.
56) Manta: A place to list your business and to find other U.S. businesses in a multitude of categories.
57) Hoovers: No, not the vacuum company. Another database full of businesses all over the U.S.
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58) Shopify: E-commerce platform that is lightweight and easy for smaller online retailers.
59) VirtueMart: A free open source website for E-commerce.
60) Magento: E-commerce platform.
61) Vendio: A platform to sell your products on multiple e-commerce websites, such as Amazon, Facebook, and Ebay.
62) 1ShoppingCart: E-commerce website with over 3 million users.
Find Employees / Post Jobs
63) GigTide: Online tracker for your resumes, contacts, and cover-letters.
64) Monster: Helps send your resume out as well as find employees for your company.
65) Indeed: Post job and find jobs here.
66) Clearfit: A business network for creating contacts and sharing knowledge.
67) CloudContacts: Scan, transcribe and connect your business cards on social networks, email services and CRM systems.
68) FreeAgent: Online accounting for freelancers.
69) CareerBuilder: Post jobs and find jobs.
70) Business: Find any type of vendor for your business needs or to post your company.
71) Odesk: A place where companies can hire freelancers for any job.
72) GoogleVoice: Allows users to create one phone number so it will ring anywhere. It also transcribe the voice messages into email.
73) MightyCall: Offers a toll-free number for your business.
74) Clockspot: Online application that lets employees clock in or out from any computer or phone.
75) TimeXChange: A free online time-sheet for people and business teams.
76) FreshBooks: An online invoicing and time tracking service.
Consumer Analytic Tools
77) SurveyMonkey: Build free surveys to conduct market research, and keep tabs on customer desires and satisfaction.
78) GetTraffic: Drives traffic to your website. You can also track performance of the ads, run tests and compare results.
79) Mineful: An analytic engine that enables you to trigger emails, text, and mobile alerts based on when and what customers purchase. Understand performance and behavioral trends.
80) TheDMA: the largest trade association for businesses that are interested and involved in direct, database and interactive global marketing. You can learn more about the DMA, become a member and access its services.
81) MixPanel: Analytic service for mobile-sites and web-sites; focused on measuring specific user actions and activity.
Connect With Experienced People
82) Quora: Ask questions and get answers from people with real life experience. Could be helpful if you have questions about starting a business as well as anything you may need help on.
83) SmallBizBonfire: A social, educational and collaborative community for small business owners.
84)Inspiration.Entrepreneur: A gathering place for thousands of business owners. Take part in discussions, join like-minded business owners in groups, and give and receive valuable advice.
85) Haro: You can receive access to media pitches and direct responses to your own queries Haro provides the platform for both companies and reporters looking for content and for answer to questions.
86) BlueTie: Offers small businesses a hosted email and collaboration solutions.
87) SynergyMail: Online email marketing site that includes campaign tracking.
88) MoveableType: An extensible platform with many robust features already built in, and hundreds of plug-ins to make your Movable Type blog unique.
89) Joomla: A content managing system, (CMS). This enables you to build a website and to build apps.
90) Wix: For those individuals who are less tech savvy and more into design. With a, “no coding” promise. Uses a drag and drop template so you can fully customize your site.
91) Weebly: Drag & drop website builder.
92) WordPress: WordPress is a free and open source blogging platform. Even though it’s a blogging platform, it can be converted into almost any type of website with the use of available themes and plug-ins.
93) Squarespace: A universal website hosting service for any sized platform.
Diagram / Chart Building
94) Gliffy: Online diagram and chart building website.
95) SpiderScribe: Brainstorming tool that allows you to drag and drop PDF’s, text, photos, or calendar items onto a blank screen and see how they will fit together. You can also draw arrows on them for further demonstrations.
96) Balsamiq: This website allows you to mock-up and design your ideas on a virtual whiteboard so they’re easier to share, change, and get feedback on.
97) RhythmNewMedia: Enables ad-supported mobile content with a broad suite of mobile advertising solutions for operators.
98) Toolkit: Features more than 5,000 pages of free cost-cutting tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates to small-business owners and entrepreneurs.
99) FranchiseExpo: Dedicated to linking entrepreneurs with the top franchises, this site provides the information you need to find the best franchises and become successful.
100) Womma: You can find the latest thinking on a variety of Web 2.0 marketing strategies, mainly word of mouth marketing.
101) FlipBoard: A single place to discover, collect and share the news you care about. Add your favorite social networks, publications and blogs to stay connected to the topics.