Running a small business can be confusing and stressful, but it can also be rewarding. Whether you have experience running a business or not, you’ll need help in the form of technology, software, and websites to help you succeed and stay efficient and productive. Here are some sites that can help your small business.
Thanks to websites like Indeed, you can post a job listing for free and get qualified candidates in as little as a few days. If you sponsor your listing, you can get even more qualified candidates interested in your job opportunity. Online job boards are ideal for small businesses because they allow you to reach a wide variety of talent without a considerable financial investment.
The most time-consuming thing about using Indeed is sifting through all of the resumes you receive. Luckily, you can use HR management software to sift through resumes by searching for important keywords. For example, if you’re looking for a social media marketer, you can ask your HR software to sift out resumes that mention “Facebook® Ads.”
Shareable For Hires®
Hiring the right employees can help your business grow. But, once you find employees you want to hire, you’ll need a way to verify that the candidate is a legitimate business prospect. Shareable for Hires allows you to run background checks on employees and get results quickly instead of waiting for an agency to do it for you.
This website also provides you with detailed guides for improving your HR management - from employee retention strategies to benefits you should offer.
Whether or not your employees are paid hourly, you’ll need to track their attendance so you can ensure they’re eligible for vacation time and PTO. Deputy is a convenient and effective way for you to track your employees’ attendance to find out whether or not they’re showing up on time, the number of days they’ve taken off, and if they work overtime.
Business paperwork can be stressful, especially if you’ve never created a business before. BizFilings is a website that helps you fill out the required paperwork so you can eliminate the guesswork. The website will give you the right forms to create any type of business, from LLC to a partnership.
If you’re not sure which type of business entity to choose, BizFilings can even help you decide which is right for you based on your business structure and needs.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics can give you detailed information about the economy and industry. In addition, the website can give you information about employment, compensation, and even productivity.
If you want all of your marketing data and processes in one place, choose HubSpot, one of the most popular CRM software options available, which can help you manage your customer relationships and marketing all under one roof.
It’s uncommon for a successful business to lack a website in the digital age. If you don’t have the resources to have a developer work on your website, you can easily create your WordPress website and use some already existing templates.
Just remember, sometimes the templates aren’t the best option if you’ll be making regular changes to your website. You can find freelance developers who can help you design the perfect, easy-to-use website on Upwork® or post a job on Indeed.
Google Analytics is free, and it gives you tons of information about your website, from how many visitors you get each day, to their interests, and when people leave your website. tThere are also data analysis experts who can help you understand your statistics much better and help you come up with ways to improve your digital marketing efforts using this free tool.
Let your employees easily track their tasks and big projects without worrying about carrying around a paper and pen. ClickUp is a task management tool that can help you track everything from daily tasks to projects with deadlines that are months out.
You can try ClickUp for yourself, or with a few employees, before you decide to upgrade, to help you learn how to use the tool to improve efficiency and productivity.
Choosing the right business partners can help increase your profit. Still, you need some way to determine what businesses are the right partners for you. Trustpilot is ideal for businesses that work with other businesses. With Trustpilot, you can evaluate the quality of potential partnerships, including vendors, manufacturers, and distributors.
Trustpilot will give you a TrustScore® for almost any company, and you’ll also be able to read reviews about them before you decide to invest in a partnership.
Communication is key whether your entire team works in the office or from home. Slack allows you to chat with employees and let them chat with each other instead of calling or emailing one another. It’s fast and easy, and sending a quick update takes only a few seconds. Slack is a popular choice for remote teams because it’s easy to share files, chat, and it integrates with other types of software you might use for your business.
Google Drive allows teams to share files easily and store them in one place. As long as you keep your files organized, you can give access to your entire staff or keep some folders private. You can even keep your bank assets in Google Drive.
The best news is that you won’t ever lose files again. While someone might accidentally delete a file, those files are typically recoverable for up to 30 days. However, we still recommend working with a talented IT team to back up your files in case of accidental deletion.
Using the right tools can help your business succeed. First, however, you must choose the right tools for your business and your team. If you have employees, ask them about tools they’ve used before and how they can help them do their jobs more accurately and efficiently.
You can also look for websites and software online with a quick Google search. Whatever you find, make sure you research each website to determine if it can help you grow before you invest money into it.
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About the Author
Matt Casadona has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Matt is passionate about marketing and business strategy and enjoys San Diego life, traveling, and music.