7 Best Free Tools for Bootstrapped Startups

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#bootstrapping#business growth#Entrepreneur#free tools#startup#startup apps#startup operations#startup tools#Tools Not many startups have enterprise-level budgets. Founders are always looking for low- or no-cost ways to grow their companies without sacrificing quality. Unfortunately, founders of bootstrapped startups also tend to be exceptionally busy, which means they rarely have time to research all the best options on the market. If you need help finding the best free software for your business, fear not. These tools offer incredible functionality with no strings attached:1. OnPayEntrepreneurs focus so much on their products and go-to-market strategies, they sometimes get bogged down in the day-to-day realities of running a business. No matter how brilliant your business plan or how dedicated your employees, you still have to pay everyone the right amount on time if you want to keep your team together and productive.If a payroll service doesn’t fit in the budget quite yet, OnPay’s payroll calculator lets you figure out exactly how much to pay employees and how much to withhold for taxes. It can also figure out deductions for 401(k) and HSA contributions. If you have a custom deduction like a voluntary charitable contribution, you can include that, too.2. Google AnalyticsEvery company with a website should use Google Analytics. As the king of the internet, Google can help you understand the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns and gain insight into the sources of your web traffic.Plenty of other companies compete in the crowded analytics space, but Google’s free options provide everything small companies need. You can access intuitive charts, detailed reports, and more, then share your findings with your teams through other Google products to design more effective marketing plans. If you decide you need more juice, Google has premium options as well.3. BplansWhen an investor or potential partner wants to see your business plan, do you know how to write a great one? If not, you’re in luck, because Bplans has all the templates and advice you need. With more than 500 sample plans for industries ranging from technology to finance and everywhere in between, Bplans provides an essential service for companies just getting started. Whether you’re looking for your first big investment or planning to shift directions, check out the options on Bplans to clarify your goals and look professional in the process.4. MailChimpMailChimp offers an incredible deal for small companies looking to grow from small subscriber lists. Its free plan lets you send 10,000 emails every month to up to 2,000 subscribers without paying a dime for the privilege. Sure, MailChimp would like you to grow your business enough to pay for one of its larger plans, but wouldn’t you like that, too? Don’t be afraid of committing to an email service you may not like down the road — for free and paid subscribers alike, MailChimp is one of the best options on the market.5. SurveyGizmoSmall businesses need to know how their customers feel. Quit guessing about consumer sentiment, and ask your audience directly using SurveyGizmo’s free account.The free version of SurveyGizmo lets you have three surveys open at a time. You can collect up to 100 responses per survey and ask questions with a variety of answer styles (multiple choice, short answer, rating scale, etc.). Again, this tool is better suited to businesses with smaller customer bases looking to expand, but the paid tools for larger companies are more than worth the investment.6. SlackInternal communications shouldn’t slow down your productivity. With Slack, you can take advantage of tools like instant messaging, video calls, file sharing, and more for $0 a day.The free plan lets you keep 10,000 searchable messages on hand, just in case you need to prove to someone that you definitely called the winner of last night’s game. Slack doesn’t limit channels on the free plan, so you can create new channels for every project, interest, team, or whatever else suits your needs.7. ApptivoMost CRM tools feel packed with unnecessary features and designed for companies that have thousands of employees. Apptivo is different. Apptivo’s free plan allows you to connect up to three users and provides all the basic functionality a growing company needs in a CRM without any of the fluff.Paid plans start at just $8 per user per month, so even if you outgrow the free option, you won’t have to break the bank to keep things running. Until you hire new people, though, you shouldn’t need to upgrade. The free plan includes everything from opportunity management to notifications. If you have a small team and need some help to boost your sales, look no further.As a small business owner, you might feel like everyone’s out to get a piece of your income. These great tools prove that’s not the case. Instead of shelling out cash to handle every business function, keep more of your money and use these free options so you can build on a budget. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Manju Verma withdraws bail petition

first_imgFormer Bihar Minister Manju Verma, who had stepped down in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal, on Thursday withdrew her bail plea from the Supreme Court saying she has already surrendered before a court. A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Kurian Joseph and S.K. Kaul allowed Ms.Verma’s counsel to withdraw the petition after he submitted that the former Minister had already surrendered before a court in Begusarai and the pre-arrest bail plea has become infructous. On November 22, Ms.Verma was remanded to one-day police custody by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Majhaul Sub-Division, Prabhat Trivedi. She was evading arrest in an Arms Act case.last_img

Despite roaring return, Laminou admits he’s not in top shape yet

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have trust in the coach and we hope that we can make it into the Final Four. We want to make it good this year,” he said. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing no signs of rust, Hamadou Laminou took the spotlight on Friday as he helped Emilio Aguinaldo College nab the 74-64 win over St. Benilde to kickstart its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball campaign.The Cameroonian big man looked like he didn’t miss a beat as he roared in his season debut, posting 21 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and tallying seven blocks in the dominating victory.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Though there are no doubts on Laminou’s capabilities, it’s still a surprising performance considering that two weeks ago, his status for the opening week was still up in the air because of the MCL injury on his left knee.READ: EAC takes command with rout of St. BenildeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLaminou himself admitted that he’s still far from tip-top shape, but he’s doing his best to keep up with his fellow Generals.“I feel like I’m at 60-percent,” he said. “Actually, I just came back from my injury last Monday. I didn’t practice for almost two months. I’m trying my best to be in condition.” View comments At 37, Venus Williams looking for a 6th Wimbledon title MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Fortunately for Laminou, he has his fellow veterans Sidney Onwubere and Francis Munsayac by his side as he reintroduces himself to the flow of coach Ariel Sison’s system.“I get all my confidence with my teammates Sidney and Francis. Last year, we tried to help each other and we look at it the same way so we can make it good this year,” he said.Sison acknowledged that Laminou’s return is a huge boost for EAC, noting that had his foreign player didn’t go down with an injury, the team could have made it far in the preseason tourneys.“If Laminou played, we might have had a better showing in Filoil,” he said.But Laminou, with enough trust on Sison’s system and the camaraderie he has with his fellow Generals, has his full confidence that the squad can fulfill their preseason goal and make it to the Final Four for the first time in school history.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more