Software To Run A Small Business

Want to start a small business? Do you know what software you need? We will discuss different types of software you should have when you start a small business. Not everything is absolutely necessary but highly recommended.  These are the software I recommend to get your business up and running from building a website, accounting, tax, marketing social media, and legal services.

Buying a Domain and Building a Website

It doesn’t cost much to set up a website. Come up with a domain name for your business and get affordable hosting with Bluehost. I think it is important to have a website because you can send a link to potential clients to let them know what you are about. It’s a place to have your email, phone, business address and list of services you provide depending on your business. 

Email

Once you have a website domain, you can set up an email with your domain name. Having a email with your domain name looks more professional. I suggest using Google Workspace. They are affordable and provide following services in addition to your email:

  • Calendar
  • Drive storage
  • Google Docs editors, including docs, spreadsheets, and slides
  • Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet
  • App Maker, Keep, Sites, or Jamboard

Accounting, Payroll, Tax

Keeping track of your business revenue, invoices, receipts and expenses can be time consuming. Invest in an accounting software to make your life easier. 

  • Quickbooks
  • Freshbooks
  • Xero

Payment Processing Tools

How are you going to accept payments from customers? Check out these safe and secure payment processing tools: 

  • Stripe – Send and invoice to clients, schedule reoccurring payments or integrate it with your website. 
  • Square – Great payment processing for eCommerce Business. 
  • BankCard – for high risk merchants. 

Marketing Software

Find a good marketing software to help drive traffic to your business. Marketing is the core to any business. Get your name out there!

  • Google Analytics – helps you track and report website traffic
  •  Hubspot – offers marketing, customer service, sales and CRM software
  • Mailchimp – build an email list and 
  • Moz – great tool for SEO and link building. 

Social Media

Where do your clients hangout? Focus on a few social media sites to build your brand to reach more clients. 

  • Facebook
  • Yelp
  • LinkedIn – great for B2B services.
  • Instagram
  • Youtube
  • Twitter
  • Canva – tool to create designs and templates for content creation. 

Legal

  • DocuSign – best for managing contracts, agreements, forms and legal signatures.
  • LegalZoom – provides online legal solutions for your small business from registering your business, contracts and agreements, business licenses, copyright and trademark. 

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