This is a collection of free tools you can use to sell your services to clients.
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A cloud-based invoicing tool that lets you create beautiful invoices using templates and makes it easy for clients to pay online by credit card or through PayPal. Also includes project management features.
2. Wave Accounting
Cloud accounting software that has great integration with Stripe allows you to accept credit cards even without a merchant account. You can also download reports for accounting purposes.
PeachPay is a cloud invoicing and payment software that lets you accept credit cards on your website. You can create a page for accepting payments from clients, including the option to send them an invoice with a link where they can make a secure payment using their credit card.
Email marketing service that allows you to build email lists and send newsletters to your subscribers. You can also use it as a contact management tool. AWeber also comes with two autoresponder options – Standard which has more features plus an additional 20% fee per month, and Lite which is free but doesn’t have as many features as the first one. If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee, MailChimp offers a free plan with a limited number of subscribers.
Social intranet for businesses, this tool lets you create an internal document management system with task management capabilities and allows employees to communicate with each other through task discussion boards. You can also manage projects using Gantt charts. The free plan comes with 12 users and 5 GB of storage per user.
A cloud-based team collaboration tool that lets your team share files, notes, images in real-time through chat rooms called channels which is great for remote workers who need to collaborate on certain topics or projects.
You can integrate Slack with Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box so they become available inside the chat room when someone mentions them which saves you from having to manually upload files.
You can also integrate it with Twitter, Google Hangouts, etc allowing your team to communicate with people from other social media platforms. If you’re a developer, the Slack API lets you build a custom integration for over 100 apps and services which is a great way to attract new customers.
A project management tool that gives you a bird’s eye view of all your projects at one place by letting you create boards for individual projects or teams. You can add tasks for your clients on these boards and assign them to team members so they know who’s working on what and keep track of progress in real-time. Also has integrations with phones, calendars, email, etc letting you stay on top of client communication without having to switch applications.
A team collaboration tool that helps you manage projects and client expectations as well as deliverables so you can communicate better as a team and with clients. You can also share documents with your team which is great for project managers who want their teams to contribute ideas before they start working on something. Great for small businesses who don’t want to pay an overpriced monthly subscription and prefer a one-time payment and unlimited users.
A video hosting platform that helps you create beautiful video content, build meaningful connections with customers and create engaging videos for your business without having to deal with expensive tools like Camtasia or After Effects. If you’re just getting started, the free plan comes with unlimited videos and gives you a chance to test out the platform before deciding whether you want to upgrade or not.
Time tracking software that helps you manage projects from the planning stage right up to delivery. You can create tasks for your team members and estimate time spent on each task which is great if you have a freelancing team working for different clients at the same time. You can also monitor their productivity using screenshots, tracker app, etc so you always know how they spend their day.
Form-based survey service that lets customers give feedback about your products and services through surveys sent via email or embedded directly on your website. The free plan allows email surveys with unlimited questions and recipients but no export or API options.
Another survey tool that lets you create polls and surveys to gain customer feedback on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc as well as websites. It also has a Chrome plugin that you can use to create a poll from anything displayed on your screen without having to leave the browser.
The free plan gives you one active survey at a time along with some analytic data however if your business is B2B, there’s an option of linking up multiple free plans for larger teams.
A learning platform that provides courses in various categories such as business, technology, and language learning allowing users to learn new skills on their mobile device or desktop. You can complete each course by passing a short test which is great for people who need to brush up on their skills in between jobs or want to learn something new. Has over 500 courses in technology, business, and language learning categories.
Client-hosted web conferencing application that allows you to communicate with your team members from everywhere at any time without having to install any bulky software on your system.
You can also create meetings, transfer files, etc with ease using screen sharing, FTP uploads, etc making it a perfect tool for remote businesses where clients don’t have access to the internet 24/7.
Another popular video conferencing tool that lets you chat one-on-one or in groups using phone numbers instead of usernames which is a great way to make it easier for clients who don’t want to go through the hassle of signing up.
You can also have group video calls along with screen sharing features which is great if you need to present something to your team members or clients from different time zones.