Resources & Tools
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Does your business require a lot of social media? Use Hootsuite to manage your social media marketing, track what’s working and what’s not, and schedule posts. The basic plan is $19 per month.
Mad Mimi helps you with your email marketing: use this site if you want to create, send, share or track online email newsletters.
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.
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 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.
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.
Buffer is a service that helps you manage your social media. You can track multiple social media accounts in one place, schedule posts for different times, and track how your social media is doing. There is a free version, and a version for small businesses that cost $99 per month.
Organizer is a free service that helps you manage and prioritize your email inbox.
You Can Book Me generates a link that others can use to book a free spot on your calendar, so you save time on arranging meetings on email. There is a free option, as well as a paid version with more features.
Calendly generates a link that others can use to book a free spot on your calendar, so you save time on arranging meetings on email. There is a free option, as well as a paid version with more features.
Offers free business plan templates, as well as a variety of free tools including a small business toolkit, resources for pitching and funding your business, and numerous templates and tools.
Annuity.org offers a basic resource on financial literacy. It explains how to borrow, spend and save money, and includes helpful facts to help determine if your financial planning is on track.