Favourite tools and resources nominated by our readers
These are the things our readers have said they can't do without, things that make it easier to run your business, things that save time, money or effort or are just a delight to use, organised by their use, not the name of the software or app.
Freeagent daily admin, cashflow, VAT etc. Designed for freelancers and small businesses.
Xero - a cloud based system for keeping track of cashflow, producing invoices, statements, reminders and your accounts.
Paypanther All-in-one business management software. Contact Management, Invoicing, Time Tracking, Project Management, & much more. Free trail then packages starting at £19 per month.
Aweber Lots of features, not free, established, reliable, great reputation.
Campaign Monitor Australian company, excellent customer service, not free but worth it if you send from more than one account or like different templates. "If you get emails newsletters or autoresponders from me, they're all done in Campaign Monitor - Ann Hawkins"
MailChimp The default free service for millions. Includes the MailChimp branding on your emails so everyone knows you're using a free service. "I can't stand it. I hate the user experience, the stupid chimp and the way it treats me like a needy 12 year old - Ann Hawkins"
WooFoo Free on-line form builder, stupidly easy to ease.
Company Formation "Company registrars (template mems and arts provided), with a very useful bunch of add-on services such as Registered Office, nominee Directors and Secretaries, mail forwarding and so forth. They provide a very useful Dashboard facility for accessing all of the info and docs for the companies you've registered through them - Jon Green"
Lawbite Simple law for small businesses, contract advice, editing and sharing, e-signing and storage.
Teamviewer Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds or use TeamViewer for online meetings. "Scarily easy to set up and use. Simon Hagan"
Membership 2 Looks like a great option for adding a membership scheme (free or premium) to a WordPress site.
EvernoteIt seems a lot of our readers use this and think its wonderful "Covers the bits my memory can't cope with - Helen Lindop" "Capture and categorise notes, pictures, outlines, even shopping lists, access from any device. Seriously consider upgrading to Evernote Premium (for the individual) or Business (for collaborating groups) - it's only fair to the makers, and you get a bunch more useful facilities - Jon Green"
Social Media organisers
Microsoft Excel is a powerful program, and you can make it even more powerful by learning the Excel tips, Excel tricks, and Excel tutorials that help make you an Excel guru. Excel Tips is a fantisic resource for anyone wanting to get better at using spreadsheets - the business owners best friend!
Dropbox Secure file storage and sharing
Slack A platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. Free to use for unlimited users, integrates with just about everything that you already use.
Video hosting and editing
Vimeo "Vimeo is highly recommended as a well established platform used my many professional film-makers, so it may be a worthwhile investment to get a paid for account. There's an amazing amount of customisation of the player available and you can get good control over who sees your films where. They also have a great support area. Also, good tools for applying batch settings to numbers of videos - Simon Hagan"
Zapier lets you easily connect the web apps you use, making it easy to automate tedious tasks.
Websites / Blog platforms
WordPress.org Powers over 60 million websites and blogs from EBay and the New York Times to single page brochure sites. Open source code so epitomises a community run philosophy as well as being ludicrously flexible.
SmugMug Photo websites "I use Smugmug for my main website hosting . I love being able to track my web views like it allows. Smugmug does offer 4 different plans, according to what your requirements are - William G Watson"
Wix.com "Pro-grade website designing without having to be a pro website designer. You can get a basic, but all-facilities, website up and running in no time, which is great for bootstrapping and test-marketing an idea. Prices range from free to low - Jon Green"