There are many elements to put into place when launching a business and it can sometimes feel overwhelming as you try to balance all the demands. Business owners are expected to wear many hats, from finance to marketing and bookkeeping, and it can be impossible to do everything singlehandedly as the business grows. However, having the right tools at your fingertips can help make the setup process less tricky. Luckily, the rise of simple mobile technology and apps designed specifically for small businesses means help is only ever a few clicks away.
We’ve put together our ultimate tech tool kit to help you set up your business.
1. What’s in a name?
Finding a business name that reflects the spirit and mission of your business can seem daunting. Online tool Panabee is a simple and easy-to-use name generator that aims to take the stress out of the brainstorming process. All you need to do is put in a range of keywords that relate to your business, and then Panabee generates a range of names and synonyms to help you decide on the perfect name for your new venture.
2. Picture it!
Logos can help a business be identified within a matter of moments, but coming up with a perfect symbol that reflects your business name can be tricky. 99designs is the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace, which connects more than one million talented freelance designers with businesses and entrepreneurs to help them design their unique logo. Simply build a design brief for what you’re looking for, pick a package and launch a “contest” with 99designs’ community of designers. These designers will provide you with a wide range of logos you can pick from that is unique to you.
3. Log on
Getting your online presence right is essential in today’s digital world. A badly designed website could be the difference between a win or loss of a potential client or customer. Wix is a free website-building platform that allows you to build an original website that reflects your brand, in a simple and code-free way. Users can select from a number of templates or create their own to build a professional looking loading page. You don’t need to be an experienced web designer to make your website look professional and swish.
4. Get some space
One of the best things about being an entrepreneur in the tech age is the ability to work from just about anywhere. ShareDesk is a marketplace that allows mobile professionals to discover and book work spaces on-the-go. Spaces can be booked by the hour, day, or month – allowing for businesses and entrepreneurs to be versatile and flexible. Sharedesk has a network of over 4,500 venues in all corners of the globe, and powers thousands of reservations every day.
5. Getting paid!
Ask any business owner what their biggest bugbear is and getting paid will be top of the list. Invoice2go solves this problem by making it easy for small business owners to streamline admin processes, create attractive and professional-looking invoices and accept on-the-spot payments. Keeping track of sent invoices, knowing when they’ve been opened and when they’re overdue is one of Invoice2go’s strongest attributes. It gives you the ability to set-up automated reminders to send your client a friendly note about upcoming or overdue payments. The automated aspect of it makes the process of chasing a little less awkward too.
6. Get organised
Great organisation is one of the key elements to ensuring your business runs smoothly. Dropbox makes it simple to store and save files in one place, where they can be accessed from any device and even shared with colleagues, clients friends or family. Whether you’ve got three important documents or three thousand, Dropbox helps you organise them with ease.
7. Get social!
Sharing your business on social media is one of the fastest and most effective ways to get exposure for your new venture. Hootsuite is a free social media dashboard that allows you to schedule your posts ahead of time, meaning you can target peak traffic times and automate your content to run seamlessly while you’re busy handling other tasks. You can even post to multiple social networks at once and shorten links (and who doesn’t struggle with Twitter’s character limit?).
8. Now to launch!
Once you’re ready to launch your business officially, it’s a great reason to hold a launch party! Events are a great way to connect with customers and suppliers in person and to build relationships in a way that you just can’t achieve via email and telephone alone. The Eventbrite Organiser App can help you execute a flawless event, and it’s free. It’s great for managing your event on-the-go; from editing event details, to checking guests in on the day, tracking ticket sales, and more. It gives you access to reliable, real-time data so you can make fluid marketing and operational decisions, and efficiently manage customer service requests from anywhere.