10 Must Have Resources For New Entrepreneurs
As a new entrepreneur, I'm sure you're stressed out with the amount of information that's being thrown at you. Let me be the first to say that it's okay to feel that way and know that it will get better.
I created a list of my 10 must have resources for you to consider so you can start growing your business now, instead of paying someone else to do the dirty work for you. These resources are great (and easy to use) if you're feeling absolutely stuck and confused!
I believe that if you can get your business organized and fully functioning on your own. In fact, it should be encouraged, because who wants to work with someone who can't run their own business?
If you learn how to use these resources and utilize them regularly, they will help you manage your ownbusiness, create your own personalized content and help you understand where you should be spending your time and money.
Here are the resources, systems and applications that I believe you need to get acquainted with, if you haven't already:
Dropbox - This is essentially your hard drive but it's in the cloud. It's easily accessible with an app (on an iPhone or on your Mac) and you can save to it from anywhere. It's also great because you can save things directly to your Dropbox and free up space on your computer.
Evernote - Always on the go? Use this app to keep all of your ideas in one place. The best part about this is an app is that syncs your content on all devices so you can update your documents with ease whenever you want. Get Evernote for free here.
Google Voice - Voice Calling/Texting - This eliminates the need for a secondary phone number. You can use this as a primary option to talk with your clients and put this on your business cards or website instead of using your personal number.
Calendly - Clean, modern and easy to use scheduling software for your discovery calls. It's super easy for your clients to schedule a call with you and you can add on questions and a payment link! The only thing is that with the free version you can only offer 1 “type” of call (i.e. Discovery Call), but for $10 per month (or an annual fee) you can create unlimited options for your client.
PayPal - Accept secure payments through an easy to use and trusted vendor. You can customize your invoices with your logo, edit or create payment buttons for your website or sales pages, and you can keep track of your finances so you can see how much you're truly spending on your business every month.
FreshBooks - Cloud accounting that's built for small business owners. FreshBooks is a great resource to use for billing clients, time tracking for yourself and if you have subcontractors, and the best of all, it's super easy to use. You can work from anywhere and still be very organized while saving time every month billing your clients. Get your 30 day free trial here.
MailChimp - Need to start building your mailing list? Look no further than MailChimp. It's a great starting point for new business owners to get their list started. It's easy to use and free. You can do so much with the basic version, it's surprising!
HelloSign - Upload your contracts to HelloSign and create legally binding editable PDF’s for your clients to sign. It’s the easiest way for your clients to sign something instead of scanning, emailing or even faxing the document for them to print out and sign. The only downside to the free version is that it only allows 3 signed contracts per month. If you are anticipating more than that, I would look into the paid version.
Canva - If you haven't tried Canva yet, what are you waiting for? It's a super easy way to create graphics for your website, your social media posts and pretty much anything else that you need to show your brand off. For a few extra dollars a month Canva for Work provides you with your brand kit that has all of your colors and fonts saved so you don't need to find a color code or scroll through all of the fonts everytime you want to write something.
PicMonkey - This is a great resource if you're looking for another option as a photo editor and graphic design program. The difference between this and Canva is that it has a primary option to create a collage (great for brand, moods, or vision boards). Essentially, you can edit, touch up, design, or create an amazing collage. Get your free trial here.
Do you have any resources that you absolutely couldn't live without? Share them below!
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