It is not easy being an entrepreneur. There are so many things to learn and do, it could get overwhelming. Fortunately, technology is bringing innovations to make running your startup easier and even fun.In this post, I will share with you 10 online tools, apps and websites that make your entrepreneur journey easier. These tools are free to use and are effective for diverse needs from graphics design to having your confusing questions answered.
Here are 10 tools and websites you need:
On EventBrite you can find out the events happening around you. If you need to host an event – workshop, seminar, conference, etc – Eventbrite provides a powerful yet simple means to automate some of the little but very important things that could seem overwhelming such as: collecting information of participants, issuing tickets, getting real-time data on who is attending your event and where they are coming from.
Eventbrite even sends out reminder emails to participants as the D-date draws near. It’s brilliant because it allows you focus on preparing for your event instead of juggling many different things at once.
The road to successful entrepreneurship is not all smooth and easy. You will have questions, questions only industry leaders can answer.
Quora is the one place you will find all the industry leaders on the planet ready to answer whatever questions you throw at them. It is a question and answer platform. People ask questions on every topic under the sun; no question is too stupid to receive answers on Quora. It is also a good place to learn, gain inspiration and meet amazing people.
Canva is an online graphics design tool every entrepreneur should know about. Good graphics come very costly, that is if you are able to find good designers. On Canva, you can design all your graphics yourself – logo, banners, flyers, etc.
I once ordered a graphics job (e-book cover) on Fiverr for $5; the result was abysmal at best and I thought to myself, “What were you expecting for $5?” But someone suggested I try Canva and boy, I was amazed by what I was able to do by myself. Now mind you, I know absolutely nothing about using graphics software, but I have been designing my blog graphics and book covers on Canva ever since. It is an amazing experience
Desygner is also a powerful online graphics design tool just like Canva. You can create beautiful graphics for all purposes. It has more depth although, in my opinion, Canva is much simpler to use and has more cool templates and designs.
Mailchimp allows you to build an email list and communicate with your subscribers all at once. Imagine sending one email to 3,000 potential customers, remembering all the email addresses, typing them all without making a mistake, etc.
Mailchimps provides a simple interface to collect emails, manage your mailing list, and send out beautifully designed newsletters whenever you want. You can even schedule your emails to deliver at specific times automatically. What’s more? Mailchimp allows you to collect and manage up to 2,000 emails free.
When you need to conduct a survey, Typeform is there to make life easier for you. User feedback is very important to measure customer satisfaction and whatever user engagement metric you need to track. Typeform lets you create cool survey forms for your online needs.
Feedly is a news aggregation tool. It allows you bookmark your favorite websites and brings you updates on all posts made by the website you bookmark. it is very helpful to accelerate your research, marketing and sales.
8. Google drive
Google drive is a powerful tool every entrepreneur should know about. It lets you back up your files which you can access from any location when you log into your Google account. It is also great for file sharing; you can upload your heavy files on Google Drive and share the link with anyone you want to access the file.
You can sell your products online without knowing anything about coding or spending tons of money to develop an eCommerce website. ECWID makes it easier to add an online store to your website, blog or social media like Facebook, Tumblr or any other social media site. It requires no coding skills to setup, and can be quickly and easily integrated into your client or personal websites.
10. Google Translate
Google translate lets you communicate with your customers in any language. I used it effectively when I dealt with a manufacturer in China. She was surprised that I communicated in fluent (almost) Mandarin.
I have also communicated in French and Hindu. Google Translate bridges the language communication gap between people from different countries. It is a powerful tool for importers and exporters.
There are many more tools and websites you can use. These are my favorites, plus they are free to use. Which of these websites do you apply? Which other ones would you recommend? Let us know in the comments box.