10 Online Business Tools For Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

These online business tools can help you get your business on track and keep it there.

These online business tools can help you get your business on track and keep it there.


1. Fresh Books

Fresh Books is a cloud-based software program that provides accounting services for non-accountants. The accounting platform offers invoice creation and management, expense tracking, time tracking, and customized financial reports.


2. Trello

Trello is a free project management tool that can help you visually organize projects. Users can create boards for projects, invite people to view and contribute to boards and add cards to each board to share comments and more. Users can also drag and drop cards, labeled as people on your team, to different tasks and divide the
 project into smaller parts.


3. Essays Capital

Running a business requires a lot of writing. Between maintaining a website, creating email campaigns, managing social media
, and regularly updating a blog, entrepreneurs could easily spend their entire day writing. Custom writing services are helpful when you need high-quality content delivered in a timely fashion.


4. Strat Pad

Strat Pad is an online business planning software helps entrepreneurs write a business plan quickly and easily on any computer, laptop or tablet. StratPad instantly creates all the reports entrepreneurs need to raise capital and manage their business.


5. Buffer

Buffer is a social media management app that helps users share social media content by scheduling online posts throughout the day. Much like a personal assistant for your social media activities, users can upload content and Buffer will post the information throughout
 the day at optimal times for engagement.



IFTTT, an abbreviation of “If This Then That”, is a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes”, which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. For instance, you can create a recipe to automatically add a new website sign-up to your email marketing service account.


7. PlagTracker

PlagTracker is an online content analysis tool that can be used to check for plagiarism and fend off negative SEO hits. Duplicated content results in a lower search engine page rank and plagiarism checking tools are a great way to ensure your search engine reputation is in tact and that your site content is not being duplicated.


8. Basecamp 3

Basecamp is a web-based project management and collaboration tool that offers to-dos, files, messages, schedules, and milestones. It’s a good tool if you are ready to manage a growing team and can be used to delegate work, make announcements, organize files, manage deadlines,
 and provide frequent check-ins to make sure everything is on schedule.



Enchant customer support software helps teams scale customer service. Users can manage all their inboxes and teams within a single account, while customers never see a ticket number and never have to log into anything. To them, it’s just email. The software also offers a host of features including private notes, smart folders, customer profiles, bulk actions, track phone calls,  auto replies, merge tickets and more.


10. HipChat

HipChat is a real-time team collaboration application for teams to manage internal communications. The hosted group chat and video chat service is designed to supercharge real- time collaboration with persistent chat rooms, file sharing, and screen sharing.


This article has been edited and condensed.

Anna Olinger is a freelance content manager from Washington, DC. To learn more tips on content marketing, writing and social media connect with Anna on Twitter and Linkedin.


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