When you are doing a startup, the first thing you look for is for efficient ways to keep the costs at minimum while increasing the productivity of your team and building a solid product that appeals to your customer base. This can be tricky as one needs to find the right tools that can help them achieve this!
Below we have shortlisted and handpicked some of the essential best free online tools that startups and entrepreneurs can use.
Online document collaboration doesn’t get easier than this. Introduced in early 2005 as Writely, the Google backed free web-based office suite is tightly integrated with Google Drive and has come a long way over the decade with new features being released every month. The tool allows you to create Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Form, Drawings and Fusion Tables and lets your import/export files from Microsoft Office and the other great feature of this online tool is that it lets you connect 3rd party apps and services to your account.
For those who manage remote teams, Trello is the perfect little tool that can help you keep a track of your to-dos in a visual manner with help of “boards”. Trello is a simple app that will help everyone on your team collaborate better and it is flexible enough in a way that it lets you create multiple boards so you can manage your team effectively and communicate with them in a better way without having to email each other and follow up on tasks. BaseCamp is quite similar such that it also lets you manage projects and teams effectively and comes with a close integration of Google Docs.
This one’s really useful if you are in the business of getting customers through email marketing. MailChimp is online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results and you will find yourself using it a lot of if you have products to offer or if you want to keep your customers in loop with news, updates or discounts. Free for first 2,000 subscribers.
Asana markets itself as “teamwork without email”. Hard to believe right? But that’s exactly what it does. Founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, this is the next generation project management tool that is being used around by small and medium enterprises to manage their teams, tasks, project deadlines, resource management – all without the hassle of emails.
Zoom will take care of all your online meeting, conferencing or group chat needs. What makes Zoom really useful for startups is that it allows conferencing with as many as 25 participants on its free account (more than Google Hangout or Skype) and this makes it an amazing tool for cross-team collaboration or doing webinars. You can not only host a video meeting but also do screen-sharing as well and there is an iPhone/iPad app available too so you can take your work anywhere and be mobile.
So you are in the business of meeting people a lot and find it hard to schedule your meetings? Meet OHours. Ohours is an online tool to schedule meetings with a lot of people by allowing you to make public slots available which people can subscribe to. This way you can schedule multiple meetings and never lose the track whether the meeting is on phone, on Skype or even in person. Doodle is another similar tool that lets simplifies the process of scheduling events, whether they’re board or team meetings, dinners with friends, reunions, weekend trips, or anything else.
Everyone knows about this. Google Analytics is a service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales. Interestingly the target market for this tool are digital marketers as opposed to web masters and technologists and it is now the pseudo-standard for analytics and data collection on the web.
If you wan to create mind maps, mockups or complex business models as simple connected nodes then Creately is the tool for you. It will let you do everything e.g. flowcharts, organisations sitemaps, wireframes & UI mockups, mind maps, network diagrams and even info graphics.