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Business Management

Managing your business includes everything from payroll to accounting to human resources. It’s a lot! Check out these suggested resources and tools (which range from free to more costly, depending on your budget) to support the process of managing your own small business.

Resources & Tools

Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
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Legal Services for Entrepreneurs is an economic justice and community empowerment project of the Lawyers’ Committee. LSE provides free transactional legal services to low-income individuals who want to start or develop businesses, businesses committed to investing in economically distressed communities, including hiring people with arrest and conviction records, and mom and pop shops located in areas where gentrification is a force for displacement. LSE provides workshops, clinics and consultations, and attorney matching.

Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance
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The Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance is a non-profit organization in California that offers business support to women, people of color, and veteran entrepreneurs. They offer a number of tools, including guidance, peer support, resources, connections, conferences, and more.

Women’s Venture Fund
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The Women’s Venture Fund works with women who own businesses in the New York City metropolitan area. They are a non-profit organization that offers advisory services, workshops, local events, and small business loans.

IRS: Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
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This IRS website has the tax forms you will need for your business, and lots of helpful resources (including an online learning section) about how to file and pay your taxes.

Shoeboxed
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Shoeboxed is a service that enables you to track your expenses (including gas and travel mileage) by scanning and organizing your receipts, which can then be used to create expense reports. There are multiple plans, but it is free for a basic service and $15/month for a version with more features.

Wave
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Wave is a service for accounting, invoicing, scheduling payments, accepting payments, and managing payroll. It is specifically designed for small businesses, and they use simple, easy to understand language. There is no cost to use Wave; the software is free. There is a charge for some additional services, like credit card processing.

EMSplus
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EMSplus is a service that allows you to accept payments via credit card on your phone or other device. It also enables you to send invoices for payments. There are no monthly fees but there is a small transaction fee every time you accept a payment.

Harvest
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Harvest offers an way to track your time and expenses online. You can create time-sheets, and see how you are allocating your time to specific tasks or projects. You can use it as an individual or as a team. The basic plan (for one person) is free, a more comprehensive plan costs $12 per month.

Deputy
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If your business requires scheduling employees to work different shifts, check out Deputy. It lets you create calendars and time-sheets, assign tasks, and more. Pricing starts at $2 per user per month.

Box
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When your business needs to store and share files and documents online, check out Box. You can use Box to keep your files online, manage your files, access your files anywhere, and share files with the people you work with. An individual plan is free. The cost of an account for small businesses is between $5-25 per month.

Dropbox
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When your business requires storing and sharing files and documents, check out Dropbox. Dropbox keeps your documents online, so that you can access the latest version anywhere, including a phone. The basic plan is free. If you have bigger files it can cost between $8 -$20 per month.

Slack
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Slack is a tool that makes it easier for teams to communicate. It allows members of a team to chat with each other or as a group, share documents, and organization conversations by theme or subject. It is free for a basic account, and between $6 – $12.50 for an account with more features.

Expensify
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Expensify can help figure out how to report your business expenses. You can use this service to scan receipts, compile your expenses in one place, and create expense reports. It is free for individuals and $5 per month for small teams.

Paypal
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Paypal enables you to accept and make payments online. They offer a variety of ways to collect money, including through mobile card readers. They have a version that is free as well as an option with more features that costs $30 a month.

Trello
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Trello is a service that lets you plan your work online. You can make to-do lists, attach files, organize projects, and more. Trello offers a free version, as well as a package for businesses that costs $9.99 per month.

Basecamp
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If your business requires managing complicated projects with different people and lots of deadlines, you may want to try planning your work online. Basecamp is a service (for $99 per month) that helps organize teams, projects and workplans. It allows you to keep documents in one place, create to-do lists and keep track of progress, and more.

Freshbooks
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Freshbooks offers a way to do your accounting online. You can use this service to track your income and expenses, create invoices, track your time, generate business reports, and accept credit card payments (and more). A lite version of this service costs $15 per month.

Quickbooks
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Quickbooks offers a way to do your accounting online. You can use this service to track income and sales, pay vendors, send invoices, and figure out your taxes. Their service costs $5 per month for freelancers, and $7 a month for a basic small invoice plan.

Sure Payroll
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If your business has paid employees, Sure Payroll provides a way to streamline that process: they pay employees by direct deposit automatically, help file taxes, and provide human resources. Their prices vary (for a very small business, it would be in the range of $30/month).

Gravie
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Gravie provides a way to contribute to your employee’s health insurance plans. It is free to use for employers and employees (but you have to pay for the insurance you decide to buy).

Pogo
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Pogo lets you compare rates for different types of business insurance.

SCORE
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SCORE provides you free business mentoring and advice. They also offer educational webinars, courses on demand, and a library of resources with guides and helpful articles. Connect with SCORE in your community or online at www.score.org.

Walker’s Legacy
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Walker’s Legacy is a digital platform for entrepreneurial women with a strong focus on diversity. They offer articles, a directory of businesses led by women, and communities that you can join in select cities.

Square
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Square allows you to accept credit cards payments on your phone or mobile device. They also have an app that allows you to see a dashboard of your transactions, so you can see sales reports in real time. There is no cost to sign up, but there is a small transaction fee.

Bamboo HR
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Bamboo HR is a service that allows you to manage your human resources online, remotely, and across platforms. If you have a growing staff, Bamboo HR can help manage onboarding, employee records, time off, and more. They do not have a set rate but you can get a price quote on their website.

TSheets
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If your business has multiple employees who work remotely, TSheets offers a way for them to track their time, clock in and clock out, and get alerts and reminders about breaks and overtime (and more). It is free if your business only has one user. There is a $16 base fee plus $4 per user fee per month, if your business manages between 2-99 employees.

Gusto
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Gusto offers a service for managing your human resources, payroll, and benefits for employees online. (Gusto costs $39 per month plus $6 per person for a basic plan.

Honeybook
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If your business requires multiple clients and projects, as many creative industries (like photographers or event planners) do, Honeybook offers a service that helps manage that. Their service lets you schedule tasks, sign and bill clients, and find new clients. They also offer contract templates and other resources. It costs $40 per month, or $34 per month when you pay for an annual plan.

Career Girls Video: What I Look for When Hiring
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“What I Look for When Hiring” is a video featuring Katherine Hays from our partner Career Girls.

Career Girls Video: Staying Connected During a Career Break
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“Staying Connected During a Career Break” is a video featuring Katherine Hays from our partner, Career Girls.

Career Girls Video: Tips for Building a Team
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“Tips for Building a Team” is a video featuring Alanna Hughes from our partner, Career Girls.

Career Girls
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CareerGirls.org is a video-based career exploration tool for girls, with an emphasis on STEM careers. The mission of Career Girls is for all girls to reach their full potential and discover their own path to empowerment through access to inspiring career role models.

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