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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

IRS: Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

This IRS website has all the tax forms you will need for your business and lots of helpful resources about how to file and pay your taxes, including an online learning section. Learn about the different tax forms, preparing your taxes, and much more! Check out all they have to offer by clicking the link below. 


Are you looking for one software to help you keep track of your finances, manage your invoicing, and run payroll? Wave may be for you. Wave is a service for accounting, invoicing, and payroll. It is specifically designed for small businesses, and they use simple, easy to understand language. There is no cost to use Wave; the accounting and invoicing software are free. To accept credit card and bank payments on your invoices expect to pay 1% per transaction.

Similar services include Quickbooks and Freshbooks, so check them all out before deciding what will work best for your business. Consider the cost, the functions you need, and if you’re using other software and need them all to talk to each other.

Learn more about Wave by clicking the link below.


If you are selling a product or service and need a way to accept payments in person, check out EMSplus. EMSplus is a service that allows you to accept payments via credit card on your phone or other devices. 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 offers a 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. There is also a function to create and send invoices based on your time and expenses. You can use Harvest as an individual or as a team. The basic plan (for one person) is free or upgrade to a more comprehensive plan that costs $12 per month.


If your business requires scheduling employees to work different shifts, check out Deputy. It lets you create staff schedules and includes time tracking to accurately record staff hours. You can use Deputy with various payroll and point-of-sale software, including Quickbooks and Square. Pricing starts at $2.50 per user per month.



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. Integrate Box with other apps such as Google Drive, Slack, and Docusign. An individual plan is free. The cost of an account for small businesses is between $5-25 per month depending on your business needs.

Learn more about Box by clicking the link below. 


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 on your phone. The basic plan is free and includes 2GB of storage, which is enough for about 2,000 songs, 800 photos or 80,000 pages of word documents. A Dropbox business account starts at $12.50 per month per user and includes more features, including more storage space.

Click the link below to try the basic plan. 


Slack is a tool that makes it easier for teams to communicate online. It allows members of a team to chat with each other or as a group, share documents, and organization conversations by theme or subject. Slack can also integrate with other apps and comes with many features. It is free for a basic account, and between $8 – $15 for an account with more features.

Start communicating with your team by clicking the link below.


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.


If you are looking for an easy to use tool to manage various projects online, Trello may be for you. You can use Trello collaboratively as a team, or individually. Trello allows you to create boards for various projects. In each board, you can then create to-do and checklists, attach files, organize projects, and more. Trello can integrate other apps such as google drive, slack, and more. Trello offers a free basic version which gives you access to many of the project management functions. You can also upgrade to the business version for $10 per user per month or the enterprise version which is $20 per month for up to 100 users. 


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 $15 per month for freelancers and $25 a month for a basic small invoice plan.

Similar services include Freshbooks and Wave, so check them all out before deciding what will work best for your business. Consider the cost, the functions you need, and if you’re using other software and need them all to talk to each other.

Learn more about Quickbooks by clicking the link below.

Sure Payroll

If your business has paid employees, Sure Payroll provides a way to streamline the payroll 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).

Check it out by clicking the link below.


Does your business have employees? Are you looking to offer them health insurance? Gravie is a service that allows employers to contribute to your employee’s health insurance plans. As an employer, Gravie can help you decide how much to budget for health insurance and allows your employees to shop health insurance through their “marketplace”. It is free to use for employers and employees, but you have to pay for the insurance you decide to buy. 

Learn more about Gravie and shop for health insurance plans by following the link below.


Finding out what insurance policies your business needs can be challenging. Pogo is a free service that allows you to compare business insurance policies. They help you find the policies that work for your business needs and your budget. It’s completely free to get a quote or call them directly to speak to a representative that can help you navigate your business insurance choices. 

Click the link below to learn more.


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

Does your business have employees? Are you looking for an all in one human resource management software to help you manage your employees? Bamboo HR is a software that allows you to manage your human resources online, remotely, and across different platforms. Bamboo HR can help you manage onboarding new employees, keep employee records, time off, and more. Their software does not have a set rate but you can get a price quote on their website.

Learn more by clicking the link below.


Does your business have employees? Are you looking for a way to manage your human resources? Gusto is a platform to manage all your human resources in one place. Run payroll, manage your employee benefits, track hourly work and much more, all in one place. The cost of Gusto depends on if you need all the services they offer. The basic plan costs $39 per month plus $6 per person for a basic plan.

Learn more about Gusto by clicking the link below.

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