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.
Invoicing / Accounting / Bookkeeping
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> QUICKBOOKS
I am a HUGE fan of Quickbooks and have used them in 2 of my businesses.
I currently use Quickbooks Online for my coaching business as I find it easy to copy and send invoices to my clients and pull up a P&L at any time.
QuickBooks Online, easily connects to my bank account and pulls in the information. I just check the charges to make sure they are classified correctly and boom, my P&L is ready to go.
By using this Quickbooks Link, you can get QuickBooks Online with an exclusive discount of 30% off for 6 months.
Easy to use, and you will get much better results vs using a notepad, spreadsheet, or even worse, a shoebox. 🙂
**By the way, almost all tax professionals can link to your QuickBooks to make tax time less painful each year!
Here is a blog post I wrote about Quickbooks to learn even more: Why Quickbooks is a Great Tool for Your Small Business
SCHEDULING - BILLING - RECEIVE MONEY
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.
HERE is A Blog Post Where I Dive Into It a Little More: HOUSECALL PRO & JOBBER FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Payroll, Benefits, and HR
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.
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.
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
USE 12 EMAILS TO GROW YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> MAILCHIMP
You are already collecting emails from your customers/clients. Why not use these emails to create a funnel of returning customers? With just 1 email a month, you stay top of mind and remind your past clients why they want to use you again!
LEGAL SERVICES / LLC FORMATION / OTHER BUSINESS LEGAL NEEDS
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> ZENBUSINESS
ZENBUSINESS is an excellent resource if you are looking for someone to help you set up your LLC for your business. If the paperwork seems overwhelming or you don't want to have to do all the research, give ZENBUSINESS a shot. Check out their website to learn more: ZENBUSINESS
STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS?
Need a Business Plan? Here is a great resource to do an online Business Plan that is affordable and will produce a professional business plan for your new business. Growthink has an easy-to-use, question-based product that is easy to navigate and create that business plan you need. Check out the Growthink Business Plan
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