I can’t imagine how a business owner can grow a successful website without leveraging tools that help save time in every task imaginable.
Tools give digital entrepreneurs a competitive edge. As work becomes more complex and your audience’s expectations rise, you need to streamline your tasks so you can effectively deliver.
The last thing you would want is to sacrifice everything you’ve worked hard for.
Regardless of your goals, you need the right tools to optimize your business.
Below is a list of 10 tools that enable you to manage everything easily. The best part is, they’re 100% free to use.
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If you outsource most of your tasks to team members, Trello will ease the process of team collaboration.
Trello is composed of different boards and cards. You have the option to name each board according to your projects or campaigns.
Each card is usually dedicated to a specific task. A team member can move each card depending on the work progress.
Here are some other things you can do with Trello as your project management tool:
- Attach files
- Schedule a due date for tasks
- Write comments
- Assign color-coded labels
- Add people to a board
2. Google Alerts
Keep tabs on your competitors, follow industry trends, discover great content, and find out what people are saying about you using Google Alerts.
Set up a Google alert by typing particular keywords or terms that you would like to keep track of. Google will email you any news, discussions, or content on the web that has these keywords.
Users can select how often they want to be alerted by Google. Also, if they prefer RSS over email as the method of delivery, they can do that.
Store your files safely and conveniently with Dropbox. Whether you want to keep a backup of your articles, videos, and photos, Dropbox makes it easy for you to access what you need when you need it.
Business owners who want to simplify file storage love Dropbox since it has an available mobile app.
This means that you can carry work with you wherever you go – paperless, and not having to stick to a specific device.
Who says you need expert graphic design skills to create professional images? Make any blog post image, business card, or Facebook business page cover stand out.
All you need is this simple yet amazing photo editing tool called PicMonkey.
Anyone who wants to take advantage of great filters, frames, background images, and fonts will be able to use PicMonkey’s free version.
There’s no software that needs to be downloaded so you do all the editing online.
One of my personal favorites, Ubersuggest is a keyword research tool that’s very intuitive and extremely easy to use.
For the busiest business owner who’s looking for simple keyword research, Ubersuggest makes a great choice. Do not undermine the potential of this keyword research tool to take your website higher in SERPs.
Enter your keyword into Ubersuggest’s box and click Suggest. It will suggest a list of search terms to sprinkle throughout your content.
It also allows you to select where to source your keywords – Web, Images, Shopping, YouTube, and News.
6. Answer The Public
If you’re not so sure whether your topic ideas for your next blog post are worth writing about, use Answer The Public.
This useful research tool definitely helps you create better content. How so? Answer The Public takes its data from Google and Bing’s autocomplete.
Aside from this functionality, you can also use it to get long-tail keyword suggestions and also rank for featured snippets, a.k.a position 0.
7. Title Generator
This time-saving productivity tool is exactly what you think it does: Generates headlines in one click.
In the screenshot above, you can see that I was able to get as many as 700 headlines for a single topic.
Title Generator makes sure that your headlines are compelling and likely to attract click-throughs.
Manage your social media postings and in one place.
Buffer is a social media management tool that lets you connect your multiple social media accounts in an all-in-one interface.
Through Buffer, business owners are able to bulk schedule your Tweets, posts, and more, while you’re traveling, asleep, or taking a break from work.
For convenience, download Buffer from your smartphone or any mobile device and bring the tool with you wherever you go.
There’s also an Analytics section in Buffer to help you track the performance of your posts. See what’s most popular and least popular.
9. Invoice Generator by Invoiced
Business owners need to send an invoice to give their clients all the details of their orders before they pay.
Why buy an invoice software tool when you can build an invoice in a matter of minutes using Invoice Generator?
The template is simple and straightforward. Nothing really fancy. You’ll be able to include essential information:
- Your brand logo
- Invoice sender
- Date and payment terms
- Description of service or product
10. Yoast SEO for WordPress
If you write blog content on your own, you no longer an editor to check your content for user experience and SEO.
Publish compelling and SEO-optimized content with Yoast SEO for WordPress. Its free version allows you to accomplish multiple things:
- Perform keyword optimization
- Calculate your Flesch Reading Ease score
- Avoid duplicate content
- Detect the use of passive voice
- Optimize your meta descriptions
You will meet your online marketing goals if you have the right tools in place. Would you love to add more tools to this list that will help boost your small business?
If so, leave a comment below. 🙂
Lastly, I advise you to use the only tools that streamline your work without hassle. My selection here will get you started. I leverage all of them myself.