Useful Online Tools for a Small Business

If you are looking for some neat online tools which can assist you from going to the stage you are at when starting a business to the stage when you have made an established, one you will find the following tools very useful. Some of these tools are essential for entrepreneurs and are free.

Wordoid is a great website if you are having difficulty looking for good domain names for a website. It randomly creates words with the preferences you set. You can then choose from the various names it generates.

Google Apps is a suite of web applications which can be used under custom domain names. There is no need to buy or install any software since all the web-based programs and file storage run on a web browser. The applications include messaging apps  such as Gmail, GTalk, Google Calender; collaboration apps such as Google Video, Google Sites, Google Docs & Spreadsheets and iGoogle 

3. Doodle

Doodle is the website you want to visit if you want to set up an event such as a meeting time between your team members or you want to create a poll and want everyone's opinion. It's very easy to use and it can be synchronized with Outlook, Google Calender and Lotus Notes. SurveyMonkey is another good alternative if you want to create online surveys for free

If you want to are into email marketing and sending out newsletter then MailChimp is the solution for you. There service is reliable and their interfaces are pretty user friendly. You can design, send and track your html email campaigns 

5. Skype

It's famous for a reason. Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over internet. Calls to other users of the service and, in some countries, to free-of-charge numbers, are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional
features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.

6. Picnik

With Picnik you can do almost anything with your photos: crop, resize, print, share, make a collage and edit in multiple ways. Best of all most of its features are free and the system is fast. 

7. Zamzar

Zamzar is an awesome file conversion website. All you need to do is to upload your file, give the conversion format and enter the email address you want the converted file to be sent to. Formats include those of images, docs, music, video, ebooks and other formats. Their basic service is free and is a delight to use.

8. Onehub

Most Email provider services have a small size limit on the files you can send. Onehub provides a great alternative. With it you can send, receive and track large files in a very easy manner. 

9. Senduit

In Senduit you can host files online and then send the link of the files to your friends for them to download it. The service is free and supports many file formats. is another really cool alternative. 

This is an awesome tool for business travelers. Once installed on your computer, the software immediately backs up all of your files online and keeps them in sync with each other. You can access then access the files remotely from another location. 


Brainstorm individually or with friends using This is a free online application that allows you to create colorful mind maps and then share it with your friends. Lovelycharts is another good alternative to use. 

12. Twiddla

Twiddla is a webbased meeting room that allows you to brainstorm effectively by allowing the attendants to draw in a sandbox mode. This is a perfect platform for remote stakeholders to share their ideas under a single roof. 

13. 280 Slides

This is an amazing site. You can create presentations online on the site for free and similarly access and present them from anywhere. It makes you independent of  your hardware and is a great tool to have. 

14. OpenProj

OpenProj is a nice alternative to MS Project. It is a free open source project management solution and is available for various platforms. 

This is a dream site if you are a web developer or an owner of a blog or a website since you can test almost every aspect of a website using it. You can validate your coding, check how popular your website is, whether your website is really up and running and do all sorts of stuff. 

Adobe Kuler is a really cool online application for graphic designers. It lets users create and save color schemes. It then allows the option of exporting the scheme to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. 

17. Bizroof

There are many CRM software out there but hardly any of them is free. Bizroof is a free CRM and is ideal for small businesses. 

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