Business Operations

In this section you will find a selection of free or low-cost tools for your day to day business operations. From digitalizing paper forms to full accounting solutions, these tools will help you streamline processes and boost productivity.

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Project Management

  • Basecamp – Considered the leading project management tool around. Organizes projects, communications, and client work in one place. Unlimited users and projects.
  • Freedcamp – Beautiful design and great collaboration features. Unlimited users and projects, and 200MB of storage with the free version.
  • Meistertask – Simple and flexible, MeisterTask has all the important features, no storage limit, and beautiful design. Unlimited users and projects, and two integrations with the free version. Seamlessly integrates with MindMeister, the online mind mapping app.
  • Trello – Simple and intuitive, Trello uses a method called Kaban where cards are representative of tasks. Unlimited members and projects, basic integrations, and file attachments up to 10MB with the free version.
  • Asana – One of the most popular project management apps available. Free trial available. Works best for teams seeking real-time interaction.
  • Evernote – Evernote Basic is free: write notes, clip from anywhere on the web, and share with others. Evernote syncs everything across your devices. For businesses, the cost is $12 per user/month.

Accounting/Customer Relationship Management

  • Wave – Free cloud-based, integrated software and tools for small businesses. Accounting, invoicing, and receipt scanning is free. Pay-as-you-go services for payroll and credit card processing.
  • QuickBooks – Regarded as the #1 accounting solution for small business. Keep track of the money coming in and out of your business, all in one easy-to-use place.
  • Zoho Zoho Books is easy-to-use, online accounting software designed for small businesses with plans starting at $12 per month. Zoho CRM is a 360-degree view of the sales cycle and pipeline and is free for 3 users.
  • Insightly – Simple to use yet powerful CRM system for small business. Free for up to two users.  
  • Free Invoice Generator - Generate Invoices for Free.
  • Zendesk – Web based customer service software. Plans starting at $5 per agent per month.
  • FileThis – Smart assistant that automatically creates bill reminders and helps you to pay on time. Starter plan, Forever Free, is more than enough to cover most household document requirements.

Scheduling Tools

  • Doodle – Scheduling tool that connects to your calendar. Free for individuals and US$39 per year for professionals.
  • Findmyshift – Employee scheduling software. Free for up to 5 employees.
  • Toggl – Online time tracking and reporting services. Free for teams up to 5.
  • Sling - Free web and app based software to organize schedules, avoid schedule conflicts, assign tasks and communicate with your team.

Email Account Management

  • Boomerang for Gmail – Take control of when you send and receive email messages. Get 10 message credits per month with the free plan or unlimited message credits starting at $4.99 per month.
  • ActiveInbox for Gmail – Task manager that lets you communicate about, and manage, all your work in one place. Personal Plan: $4.16 per month for a single Gmail account.
  • Front - Helps manage customer support by dividing tasks between team members. Can be used to manage E-mail, Twitter and SMS. $15 per month for the basic account.

Office Suites and Document Management

  • Apache OpenOffice – Open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
  • LibreOffice – Free and open source office suite embedded with several applications.
  • SmallPDF – Free online service to compress and convert PDF files and more.
  • Hellosign – Fast, secure, and legally binding eSignatures for business. Free for up to 3 documents per month and unlimited documents starting at $13 per month.
  • SignRequest - Easy, secure, legally binding and free digital signatures. Plans start at $7/month
  • GoCanvas – Convert paper forms to Canvas App. Plans starting at US$ 30 per user, per month.

Software/Business E-Tool Selection

  • Capterra – Free resource of software reviews to help businesses find the right software for their needs.
  • ChooseWhat – Step-by-step startup guide and tool reviews to help entrepreneurs select the right tools to support their business needs.
  • Merchant Maverick – Offers reviews, ratings, and comparisons to help you make informed decisions about which software is right for your business.