Every business whether old or new should be using some form of cloud technology to operate more efficiently and productively. While there are a vast number of digital possibilities to choose from, you do not need to use them all. In fact, there are just 4 that are essential to your business right now. You can review the remaining 10 when you have the need or the time to do so. However, the best thing about these tools is that they all have free options, though limited in scope each is highly useful when you are just starting out. Not only will they save you a great deal of time and money, but they are also quick and easy to learn.
Companies with limited budgets will find these tools extremely useful as they begin to grow their business. While each has unique features, you do not have to learn them all at once. In fact, there may be some you will never use at all. So, to start you off we have organized the software into three categories: the first 4 are essential tools you should be using right away. These are followed by 5 others that are also important but can be checked out later when you have the time or the need for them. The final 5 are also useful, but not essential to businesses just starting out so can be explored at any time.
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Creates a shared workspace to make communication between team members quick and simple. Search conversations and streamline your workflow.
Store employee records securely and setup onboarding for new staff. Schedule time-off and conduct performance reviews.
Email marketing automation that targets your customer’s behaviour, preferences, and past sales records too.
Host online meetings or video conferences. Conduct webinars or share your screen and you can connect API’s.
A great alternative to the MS Office Suite. With Google docs, sheets, slides and forms you can collaborate anywhere at any time and it’s all for free.
Create expense reports, scan receipts, tax tracking and direct deposit reimbursements for travel expenses.
Creates travel itineraries and receive confirmation emails that can be edited and viewed on your mobile device.
Schedule messages to send across all your social media platforms. Connect with your customers and track what is being said about your brand.
Rent space for meetings, events, private offices, coworking or virtual space, as well as dedicated office space, with locations in Toronto and Vancouver.
Create documents, edit or view them on the go with your mobile devices. Available free for Android, iOS, and Windows.