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We live in an age when almost everything can be done using online tools. You name it, there’s a website about it.

And this is awesome for business. We can have our own online presence, where people who wouldn’t normally hear about our product or service can find us easily. Not only that, but hundreds of free, easy-to-use online tools exist that makes it easy for even a new business to look professional.

Online tools are awesome because you can get to them from anywhere. Most have apps for iPhone and Android, so it’s even easier to look in on your biz when you’re away from your computer.

Here, in no particular order, are my 5 favourite online tools for biz.

Online tools: My Top 5

  • Xero. I’ve blogged about Xero a few times (here, here, and here). In a nutshell, Xero is online accounting software which can automate many parts of your bookkeeping process.

    Invoices can be scheduled and sent automatically. You can access your file from anywhere – there’s no need to transfer a file from your bookkeeper to your accountant, and vice versa. Plans start from AUD $25 per month.

  • Trello. One of the first things I do when I take on a new client is set up a Trello board to keep track of what jobs I’m doing for them. You can share your boards with your clients or freelancers, and discuss projects through Trello’s commenting system.
  • Google Drive. Google Drive can be a place to store files, or share them with other members of your team. I keep a spreadsheet on Google for each of my clients, so we can both keep track of the hours I’ve worked for them. I’ve also had clients share their own files with me that they’ve asked me to work on.

    This is SO much more convenient than having to email everything!

  • Edgar. I’m a relative newbie to Edgar, but so far I’m loving it. Edgar is one of several social media scheduling tools, and from what I’ve seen, the best. Edgar doesn’t just schedule your posts – it lets you specify categories of posts (such as blog shares, promotional content, tips, questions, etc.), and also automatically recycles content you’ve entered. This is a big bonus for me, because when I was using other tools, I’d forget to upload my posts, and my Facebook page would collect dust. Not anymore!
  • Canva. Canva makes it easy for anyone to make shareable images that look good. Even me, and I suck at graphic design! I use Canva to create all my blog graphics and the occasional social media share. Before Canva, I wouldn’t even try to make a blog graphic. Now I do it every week.

Did I miss one of your favourite online tools? Which one, and why do you love it?

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