Tools that make an starting business cheaper.

In this times, not only in the countries experiencing the economic crisis but also in the ones experiencing just a slow down in growth (which means are growing slower but still doing good) there are a few ways to make a new company (a startup, a family company or even a lemonade stand) look professionaly, operate as professional in a very cheap way.

The first thing i find useful is google docs. Commonly when you start a new business you currently have a job or have other projects. Let’s say you have a job and your partners also have multiple occupations (one is a caring mother, the other one has it’s own start up and finally the other one lives on the other side of the world). So you can use google docs to share the information that is not “classified”. Then you could build presentations, documents and spreadsheets so that everybody can see the information as it’s done without meeting each other on a daily basis. The alternative will be to pass office documents around by e-mail that will end up in partial documents multiplying around inboxes. 

The second thing google offers (yes, because google is that great and mainly because they make a huge effort in developing products others don’t) you can have a free e-mail service with your own domain making your business look serious. Let’s face it your company’s e-mail looks better as lemonade@lemonadestands.com than as lemonadestands@gmail.com. In my opinion with that more people will take you seriously and the cost is less than $10 a year.  Plus Gmail can be used in any pc or mac with free clients (like thunderbird) and in your iphone and maybe more phones will support it in the future (or maybe they already do).

Intuit offers a great platform to manage billing and accounting and many more things for cheap prices. So if your business develops a bit to the next level you can still manage growth with relative ease and for low prices. All this cut costs to say it someway can be translated in higher profits without downgrading quality of service or increasing costs for costumers. 

For sure there are more tools i don’t  know about. What do you use?

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