Resources for Your Small Business
The majority of these resources I have personally used with my small business and with great results. Others come highly recommended by other small business owners. Odds are you have heard of most if not all of them. While there are many resources available to small business owners these can help anyone looking for some recommendations.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I might earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. I only recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the commissions I might make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
SCHEDULING - BILLING - RECEIVE MONEY
RECOMMENDED PICKS —–>> HOUSECALL PRO OR JOBBER
These are amazing toosl for Service Based Businesses. It allows you to track your job through completion.
You'll be able to see the behind-the-scenes of your job flow and set up each customer from scheduling, through billing, and yes, even link up to your Quickbooks account.
There is so much this amazing tool can do and the best part? IT IS EASY TO LEARN! Some of my most technically challenged clients love these tools. Check out JOBBER. Or HOUSECALL PRO today.
Invoicing / Accounting / Bookkeeping
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> FRESHBOOKS
I have personally used both Quickbooks & Freshbooks. Both are great options for your small business.
I currently use Quickbooks Online for my coaching business as I find it easy to copy and send invoices to regular paying clients.
I also have quite a few service-based business owners I work with that use Freshbooks and they love the ease of creating estimates then invoices for their clients.
Freshbooks also has some great reports for your business and with my passion for you learning your numbers, you should check out this page on the report available alone!
Try it for FREE for 30 days. Let me know what you think! Want to Learn More? Here is a breakdown I did on Freshbooks and why I recommend them: My Freshbooks Take
You can’t go wrong either way. You will get much better results using either of these vs a notepad, spreadsheet, or even worse, a shoebox. 🙂
Payroll, Benefits, and HR
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> GUSTO
If you think you will have employees, I highly recommend using a payroll company. While you can do it yourself, why have the extra stress of collecting workers comp, paying taxes, doing W4s, etc.
When I started my first business, I was so thankful that I outsourced payroll. It was the best investment I ever made.
Gusto makes payroll easy but also has plans that can help with benefits and other Human Resource issues.
Payroll via Quickbooks – One of the leading payroll options for local small business owners. There are other options such as ADP Payroll as well as many large banks. I personally used Wells Fargo Payroll with great success.
Website Set Up
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> FLYWHEEL
YOU MUST HAVE A WEBSITE. Sorry to shout that. But in today's online world, you need to claim your business everywhere and you need a website to direct them to. You can go with a free plan over at wordpress.com and do a basic website. You don't need anything fancy.
I have websites with GoDaddy, Flywheel & Bluehost.
Bluehost can get you started for less than $5 a month. You can't beat that. (Click to View Tutorial on Set Up)
If your small business doesn’t have a website then you are missing out on business. In today’s online world everyone is Googling for what they need.
For more on your website, please check out these 10 must-haves for your website. 10 Must-Have Items All Local Small Business Owners Need
LEGAL SERVICES / LLC FORMATION / OTHER BUSINESS LEGAL NEEDS
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> LEGALZOOM
LegalZoom is an excellent resource for all things legal. When I created my first LLC I needed it done quickly and used Legal Zoom. I was extremely happy with their service. If you are looking to convert your DBA or sole proprietorship over to an LLC and would like to have help doing it, I recommend giving LegalZoom a call.
However, LegalZoom actually can cover other business needs as well. So if you have business legal needs or even personal legal needs check out LegalZoom.
STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS?
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