by Kenny Lange on April 19, 2016

4 Nearly Free Amazing Services for Serious Small Businesses (Part 2)


In the first part of this two part series on 4 nearly free services for your small business, we established that most often the thing holding you back is not a lack of understanding about your products and/or services. Although you should probably be working to know it better.

The problem lies in getting and staying organized - both for yourself and with your team. Technology has brought us some pretty neat tools that can do just that and not totally ruin our net profits!

The features and prices listed are for lowest available package for each service. Frequently there are upgrades available should you need to scale your business or there’s a feature you see as a “must-have” for your particular line of work.

All services are also cloud-based and offer some form of integration with each other. Here are the final 2 nearly free services!

  1. Teamwork Projects

Teamwork Projects is a complete project management platform that is insanely robust without the insanely difficult to use attribute that normally accompanies such products.

You can create all normal project management items (tasks, milestones, time estimations). You can also decide what items or messages are shared with your client and which stay within the team. You are able to track time for yourself and your team and then create invoices that neatly export to your invoicing software (like FreshBooks!).

Teamwork also makes a helpdesk platform and chat service that integrate with this project management software.

Whether you’re looking to better organize yourself or you’re managing multiple teams, this service will help you do it faster, more simply, and for nearly free.

Quick Need-to-Know List:

  • Cost: $12/month for 15 active projects; there is a free version that allows for 2 active projects but don’t see any serious business having 2 projects or less.

  • Free Trial: Yes, 30 days

  • Support Rating: Excellent

  • Support Channels: Email + online knowledgebase

  • Chrome Extension: Yes, full-featured

  • Mobile App: Yes, full-featured

  • Key Integrations:

    • Google Apps (Gmail + Google Drive)

    • FreshBooks

    • DropBox

    • HubSpot

  • Key Benefits:

    • Amazingly easy start using.

    • Chrome extension and mobile app offer almost all functions of full web app.

    • Keeps your inbox from filling up and keeps everyone on the project on task via reminders and notifications.

 

  1. HelloSign

HelloSign is a digital signature service that furthers the paperless office revolution. With its crazy simple and elegant interface and ease-of-use, you’ll wonder why you ever spent time waiting for clients to sign, scan, and send something back.

You can upload any document directly or via one the major cloud storage services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote) and customize it for signing. You can specify who needs to sign it (just you, you and other, or just others), what items you need (signature, initials, text, and date) and if they’re required. You can also dictate in what order the document should be signed.

When the document is completed, all parties receive a final PDF copy to keep for your records. If you happen to use the Google Drive integration, it’ll create folders for you and automatically populate them with received, requested signatures, sent by you, and signed and returned by you.

Quick Need-to-Know List:

  • Cost: $12/month for 15 active projects; there is a free version that allows for 2 active projects but don’t see any serious business having 2 projects or less.

  • Free Trial: Yes, 30 days

  • Support Rating: Excellent

  • Support Channels: Email + online knowledgebase

  • Chrome Extension: Yes, full-featured

  • Mobile App: Yes, full-featured

  • Key Integrations:

    • Google Apps (Gmail + Google Drive)

    • FreshBooks

    • DropBox

    • HubSpot

  • Key Benefits:

    • Amazingly easy start using.

    • Chrome extension and mobile app offer almost all functions of full web app.

    • Keeps your inbox from filling up and keeps everyone on the project on task via reminders and notifications.

Conclusion

There are many great services available to small businesses out there - some expensive and some free. Neither side is an absolute indicator of the value the technology will bring to you and your team.

Not all expensive services are fantastic and life-changing. Some of them suck. However, just because a service is free or nearly free, doesn't mean that it isn't worth your time.

Using Facebook to communicate is free. Using your iPhone to communicate costs money upfront and every month. Can you honestly tell me one is better than the other based solely on price?

Here's the all 4 in an aesthetically appealing eBook format that you can send to your colleagues!

New Call-to-action

 

Like What You Just Read?

Sign up to get articles like this one delivered to your digital doorstep (aka your inbox!).

Like What You Just Read?

Categories

see all

Recent Posts

Subscribe to Email Updates

Get More Done For Less

Discover tools that cost next to nothing that can make a huge impact.