10 Powerful Resources for Online Business Owners

You’re a business owner with a hectic schedule. Somewhere between managing your website and watching your products fly off the shelves, you’ve probably compiled a healthy sized “to-do” list.

So, to better help manage your time and efforts in the digital workplace, we’ve put together a list of ten must-have tools that will make your day-to-day projects exponentially easier.

  1. Lemon – This smartphone app functions as a digital wallet. With Lemon, you can store endless amounts of credit cards, receipts and coupons on your phone. You’ll also have access to spending insights so you’re able to stretch that dollar as far as it will go. For a budding entrepreneur, knowing were every penny is spent can be an essential part of the business process that Lemon can help with.
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  2. Evernote – Evernote exists to help you remember everything. Have a great idea? Save it on Evernote. Find an interesting article or recipe online? Save it on Evernote. Evernote makes it easy to share important projects with colleagues and friends all from one place. Perhaps the most brilliant feature of this app is its ability to access your account, along with all of your saved work on every device you own.
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  3. Google Calendar– Google Calendar makes it easy to keep track of important events in one application. You can add “to-do” items or special appointments to your calendar, as well as color coordinate them to help you stay organized. Better yet, you have the capability to customize your reminders with text and email notifications.
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    Unable to access the Internet? Fear not, Google even has a read-only version of your calendar readily available at anytime.
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  4. LinkedIn Groups – LinkedIn groups allow you to participate in conversations about your industry or area of interest with like-minded professionals. Join a public discussion or create your own group to get started. Either way, you’ll gain access to invaluable information from your peers that can be used to help both boost and better market your business.
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  5. Meetup– Find a local group through Meetup to discuss topics relevant to your industry in a face-to-face setting. Meetup’s goal is to help communities self-organize, which is important for a new business owner looking to get off the ground.
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    Can’t find a Meetup group that suits your needs? Start your own!  It only takes a couple of seconds to organize a group of professionals that can quickly become your most powerful resources.
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  6. Dropbox– Dropbox is a free file hosting service with cloud storage. Simply create a Dropbox folder on your computer to get started. From there, upload any documents, videos or photos that you have, and all of your files will automatically be saved to your computers, phones and the Dropbox website.
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    Another added bonus for Dropbox users is that you can give anyone access to your Dropbox folder so they can use it as if it were their own.  This feature is particularly helpful for joint business projects.
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  7. YouSendIt – Need to send large files back and forth between you and your team? YouSendIt can help with quick and easy file delivery. All you have to do is enter a recipient’s email address, add a file and send it. The recipient will then receive an invite via email to download. The most basic YouSendIt plan is free, so it’s worth giving a try.
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  8. Basecamp – If you’re looking for a project management tool, Basecamp might just be the choice for you. Easily keep track projects, discussions and important events in one place. An entire project is placed on one page, which makes Basecamp a great choice for those looking to simplify workflows.
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  9. Smartsheet – Similar to Basecamp, Smartsheet is another option for keeping track of projects and helping teams collaborate online. Our very own project manager personally suggested this tool, noting its free templates for every business function. It’s a simple way to help new business owners get organized, and more importantly, stay organized.
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  10. HootSuite – Tired of logging in to individual social channels every time you want to see what your fans and followers are up to? HootSuite exists to help simplify your social media monitoring needs and online brand management. Hootsuite is integrated with a number of popular apps including Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and WordPress. If you’re searching for a way to make the most out of your time spent on social media, Hootsute is the tool for you.

We hope these resources will help make you a more efficient and effective online business owner.

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Are we missing anything? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below to share your insights with other readers.

Happy selling!
-Lauren Hill, Volusion

About 

Lauren Hill is Volusion’s Senior Video Production Specialist and a regular contributor to The Ecommerce Insights. Always eager to learn and grow, Lauren’s background includes positions in film, social media and marketing. Though video production is her primary focus, she also really likes assorted jellybeans and animal-shaped balloon hats. Lauren is a graduate of The University of North Texas and holds a BA in Journalism and Public Relations.

One Response to “10 Powerful Resources for Online Business Owners”

  1. Jim

    From these resources, i find evernote is a best solution for managing something. Like I create a profile to manage blogging on http://www.ydeveloper.com/blog

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