We know how hard it is to run a business and how time-consuming it can be. Don't waste hours of time though – here, we have a bumper list of 200 great tools that can make you get the very best out of your business.
Business Names and Website Domains
Naminum - A free tool for helping you to generate a business or website name.
The Name App - Checks whether the domain name and the username is available on the main social media networks.
Short Domain Search - Gives you a list of domains that are made up of single words.
Wordoid - Still looking for inspiration for your business name? Here is another place that has plenty of ideas for you to choose from.
Impossibility - Another tool that helps you to generate a domain name.
Lean Domain Search - Need to find a domain name quickly? This will help you.
Domainr - Domainr is another website that will help you to check whether a domain name is available.
Planning For Your Business
Enloop - If the thought of writing out a business plan fills you with dread, you need this free app. As well as writing the business plan for you, it also gives you a good idea as to whether it is likely to be successful or not.
Stratpad - When it comes to software to help you with your business planning, Stratpad is one to investigate.
Rocket Lawyer - This tool allows you to sign legal documents, letters and online agreements.
BPlans - BPlans provides a host of business development materials, including free samples of business plans and other useful templates.
Planning Your Marketing Strategy
Plan Bold - If you want to make sure everyone is on the same page - quite literally - when it comes to your marketing strategy, take a look at Plan Bold.
Free Mind - Mind mapping is a great way of laying out your strategies and Free Mind is a handy free tool for enabling you to create mind maps to share with your co-workers.
Wrike - This tool helps you simplify project planning with easy tracking and collaboration abilities.
MPlans - MPlans gives users suggestions from other marketing plans that have been successful and enable you to create your own.
Invoicetome - It is important to provide your clients with professional and accurate invoices. Invoicetome allows you to create your own invoices and save them in PDF form.
Slimvoice - This is an incredibly easy to use invoice generator for businesses and is totally free.
Invoice Generator - As the name suggests, this is another invoice generator that allows you to make invoices quickly and easily on your Internet browser.
Pandle - Don’t spend money on bookkeepers - do it yourself! Pandle is a free accountancy tool that allows you to manage your own books and accounts.
Mint - This does not just enable you to keep track of your spending, but gives you the opportunity to monitor your credit rating and pay your bills too.
Manager.io - This is a great tool for businesses. Even better, it is free as well!
Designing A Business Website
Easel.ly - With Easel.ly, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any skills when it comes to design - this tool will help you to create engaging visuals.
Infogram - This is a free tool that gives businesses the chance to create handy infographics and charts and share them with the rest of the world.
Place It - If you need to see what things look like on an iPhone or an iPad, this app lets you place screenshots onto mock-ups.
Kraken - This tool helps you to make your site as fast as possible, optimise the images and declutter.
DBFreebies - This lets you download free resources for design from plenty of popular web design websites.
Freepik - Need images and icons but don’t want to spend money? Freepik has millions!
Pixden - This great resource allows you access to web resources and templates for graphic design.
Draw.io - This online software is free to use and allows you to create all sorts of diagrams, flowcharts and more.
Wix - If you lack the financial resources and skills for a website designer, Wix allows you to create effective sites without needing in-depth knowledge of coding.
Weebly - Similar to Wix in that it allows you to build and launch a simple website without costing you money or requiring expert skills.
WordPress - WordPress is one of the most popular and easy to use website builders. Thanks to the millions of free and paid-for templates available to download, you can have a truly unique website at the click of a few buttons.
Tumblr - Blogging application that lets you post blog posts about anything from just about anywhere.
Google Sites - This is a great tool for website building - and costs nothing.
Canva - This website allows you to design all sorts of things, from posters to business cards. There is a free option, which has more than enough features for most businesses, but the subscription opens a huge library of resources.
Pixlr - This is an online free photo editor. Make changes to images quickly and easily.
Tinyjpg - Large JPEG images can slow your website down. This tool enables you to compress the images by up to 60 per cent.
ImageOptim - This works in a similar way to the above tool but also allows you to remove excess metadata to save on your website bandwidth.
Evernote Skitch - Evernote is a great set of tools. This one gives you the opportunity to share ideas and feedback with your co-workers and friends.
Pexels - These are royalty-free stock photos that you can use for any use.
All The Free Stock - This is a great resource that lists stock audio, videos and images
Unsplash - One of the best sites for beautiful royalty-free photos to use however you want.
Loggly - Cloud log management service that provides an application intelligence service. It is one of the most popular log management services that are around.
New Relic - Relic is a quality management system that enables developers to identify and repair problems in real-time.
Segment - Segment is a customer data platform that has plenty of users all over the world. It enables users to set up API’s to gather data and use it alongside other tools and software.
Import.io - Great web-based data extraction system. It makes it possible for individuals and businesses to pull information from websites and online applications.
Cloudfare - Cloudfare provides a range of services, including a CDN (content delivery network) that accelerates your website. It also gives your website protection against DDOS attacks.
Pingometer - This app monitors your website around the clock and lets you know if there are any periods of downtime.
DotComTools - This is a whole host of tools that monitors and evaluates your website performance and speed. It also provides a level of security.
Snowy Evenings - This enables you to see whether your website has any bugs.
Load Impact - Fast website loading times are a must, and this tests your loading speed.
Responsinato - If you want to know what your website looks like on both desktop and mobile devices, this is the app to use.
Frameworks For E-Commerce
Woo Commerce - Woo Commerce is one of the most widespread e-commerce tools on the internet and is free to use.
Magento - An open-source platform that helps businesses with the selling of goods and services.
Google Merchant Centre - If you want your products to be seen by millions of people, upload them to Google Merchant Centre.
Google Trusted Stores - People want to spend their money with businesses that are trusted, and if you are a Google Trusted Store, not only do you build trust, but you get protection for purchases and businesses that have used this tool have seen an increase in their conversion rate.
OpenCart - This is a handy tool for running and scaling your E-commerce business.
OS Commerce - If you want to set your own self hosted E-commerce shop, OS Commerce has everything that you need and helps you to market your products to customers all over the world.
CubeCart - This is an E-commerce page that is free to use and is used by sellers all across the globe.
Stripe - Stripe is a platform that offers great levels of flexibility when it comes to accepting and making payments. It is used all over the world.
PayPal - PayPal is one of the most globally recognised payment platforms, offering superb levels of protection for both sellers and buyers. It is free and simple to use.
Go Cardless - You do not need to use your card to be able to collect direct debits from firms and organisations across the world with this simple to use tool.
Managing Passwords and Filling Out Forms
Chrome Password Manager - How many hours do we waste over the course of a year trying to remember various passwords? Chrome Password Managers is a Chrome Extension plugin that remembers them on your behalf.
Lastpass - Lastpass is a password management tool, allowing you to give access to sites to other people in your organisation without them needing to have the passwords. It also auto-fills in forms, saving you hours of admin.
Firefox Passwords - This is the Firefox version of the Chrome Password Manager.
Online Storage Solutions
Box - This is a handy tool that changes the way you handle content across your company. With Box, you can share documents and even construct custom applications.
Google Drive - Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage and file-sharing services in the world. Access it from all of your devices at any time, no matter where you are.
Dropbox - Dropbox is a tool with a free tier and a subscription tier, which allow you to store files, photos and videos safely and easily.
One Drive - This is Microsoft’s version of Google Drive - as long as you can log in, you can access your documents, wherever you are.
Hello Sign - This app allows you to generate and sign in with electronic signatures.
DigiSigner - This tool is ideal for signing documents that are legally binding digitally.
Signable - Need a contract signed quickly and digitally? Signable makes it easy and safe.
We Transfer - If you need to share files digitally, this is one of the most used and safest ways to do it.
Seshi - A great tool for immediate and easy file sharing.
Hightail - If you are working collaboratively and are sharing lots of files and information, Hightail is well worth looking at.
We Send It - Free to use if you are sending files up to 20Gb.
Scheduling, Timekeeping and Workflow Management
Basecamp - Basecamp is a superb project management tool for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Trello - A free and easy to use tool for managing workflow.
Asana - This enables you to follow tasks through from beginning to end.
Easy Note - Easynote is work and collaboration software scalable to any team or industry. Great for project management of any size.
Todo Cloud - This was one of the original workflow management tools and has stood the test of time.
Tracking Time - This allows you to analyse data and use this information to make informed decisions for your business.
Wunderlist - Allows users to create lists to manage their tasks from any device. Many features are free, but the paid version gives many more options.
Yanado - Yanado lets you create and manage your tasks and projects without leaving your Gmail.
Centrallo - Centrallo is a cross-platform productivity tool that helps you to take control, organize and share important information.
Same Page - This is collaboration software that makes team communication and online project management easy from any device.
Harvest - This is a simple to use time tracking tool with efficient reporting and invoicing features.
Toggl - Toggl is a time tracking and productivity-boosting app. It syncs with both iOS systems and Android systems.
Time Doctor - Time Doctor is an employee time tracking software.
Worksnaps - Worksnaps is a program that tracks time and captures user's screenshots for better accountability and evidence.
Hubstaff - Hubstaff is a remote company that provides staff monitoring through time tracking software.
Calendly - This is a free online meeting scheduling tool, making it easy to organise time with clients and staff.
Get Time Flow - A time tracking tool to use with both clients and staff members for up to date reports and accountability.
My Hours - This allows you to turn time tracking information into downloadable reports for your records.
Skype - One of the best-known video calling and instant messaging software in the world.
Slack - This tool allows you to bring all of the information about collaborative working and put it into one place.
Hipchat - This is a tool for internal private online chat and instant messaging
Yammer - Yammer helps you stay connected with your staff from anywhere - driving employee engagement and participation.
Go To Meeting - This is an online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing software package that enables the user to meet with other computer users, customers, clients or colleagues via the Internet in real-time.
Google Hangouts - This is a messaging app developed by Google, allowing you to use audio and video calls as well.
Free Conference Call - This is a free tool that allows you to hold and join in with conference calls.
Join Me - This is an easy-to-use video conferencing software solution with an up to date user interface and numerous features that will improve your online meetings.
Neatly - A fantastic real-time dashboard with all of your company details. Analytics, accounting and social media are included.
Cyfe – Allows you to monitor all marketing channels in one place.
Dasheroo - Dasheroo is cloud-based business intelligence software that helps track and manage all business performance metrics on one dashboard.
Baremetrics - Provides useful metrics and insights for subscription businesses.
Clearly Inventory - This is a cloud-based inventory tracking system that assists small to large-sized firms with transaction data, location management and access control.
Skyware Inventory - A straightforward, web-based inventory management system.
The Canvus - An inventory tool that is free and simple to use, perfect for small to medium size organisations.
Customer Support and CRM
Freshsales - Freshsales is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solution.
Capsule CRM - This enables small and midsize organizations to keep track of the people and organizations they do business with, along with their interactions and opportunities in the sales pipeline.
Drift - A tool that allows businesses at personalised, live chats to their website to enhance the customers experience and boost loyalty.
Intercom Observe - This handy tool helps you to see who your customers are and what they are doing while they are on your app.
Fresh Desk - This is a multi-platform online support software tool that enables you to support your customers.
Nimble - Nimble offers browser widget and mobile-based sales force automation and social CRM solution for small and midsize businesses.
HubSpot CRM - This is a cloud-based, customer relationship management Platform that can help businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Highrise CRM - Highrise is a CRM solution for small businesses with contact and task management functionality.
Apptivo - Apptivo is a cloud-based suite of applications designed to help small businesses manage a range of functions including financials, human resources and supply chain management.
Live Chat Software
Fresh Chat - This is a live messaging solution that helps sales and customer service teams engage with prospective buyers.
My Live Chat - Over 31,000 companies from 150 countries use My Live Chat. It is an online chat and help desk software for website.
Live Chat - This is a hugely popular and globally used live chat solution to talk to customers online.
Free To Book - This is an easy to use booking system for your hotel, bed and breakfast, cottage, hostel or guesthouse.
Polls and Contact Forms
Typeform - Typeform is a cloud-based survey management solution designed for companies of all sizes. It offers survey design, configuration, distribution and analytics within a suite.
Tally - This superb tool allows you to create polls for website visitors with ease of use.
123 Contact Form - This software makes creating online forms and surveys a breeze. It comes with a free form-builder that you can even connect to other online platforms.
Formsite - Formsite is a service that enables non-technical users to build professional quality web forms and surveys with no HTML or coding experience.
Jotform - JotForm is a cloud-based form automation solution that enables users to publish online forms and record customer responses.
Cognito Forms - This is cloud-based software that enables businesses to design, publish and manage a variety of forms.
Doodle - Doodle is an appointment scheduling platform, which helps small to large size enterprises schedule meetings and appointments.
Google Analytics - This will help you to track and evaluate website traffic and improve the performance of marketing, content and product sales.
Open Web Analytics - This is open source web analytics software that you can use to track and analyse how people use your web sites and applications.
Clicky - Cloud-based web analytics solution designed to help enterprises track, evaluate and report on the site visitors in real-time.
Hotjar – Allows you to view how your website visitors use your site, identifying areas to improve or focus on.
YouTube Analytics - Keep an eye on the number of people watching your YouTube videos.
Facebook Insights - How many people are engaging with your Facebook posts? This handy tool will give you a clear insight.
Twitter Analytics - This tool helps you to see the different ways in which followers are engaging with your Twitter posts.
Notify - This app will send you a notification if anyone mentions your business on the internet.
Sumo - This is a complete suite of marketing tools aimed at helping you grow both traffic and conversions.
Marketing Grader - This is another great way to get a full, comprehensive report on your website's strengths and weaknesses.
Mautic - Software that helps online businesses automate their repetitive marketing tasks.
Google Trends - Google Trends analyses the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across various regions and languages.
Content Row - Content Row is a writing editor for optimizing your content for engagement.
Portent - This content generator lets you create titles for your next blog post.
Sumo Me Headline Generator - This enables you to easily write high-converting headlines that will help you to grow your business.
Medium - This is an open platform where anyone can share their thoughts and ideas.
Slideshare - A hosting service for professional content including presentations, infographics, documents, and video.
Quora - This is a question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, followed, and edited by Internet users.
Pablo - This enables you to create images for your Twitter, featuring your words.
Disqus - This is a U.S based blog comment hosting service for web sites.
Grammarly - One of the best digital writing tools on the web to proofread your work.
Plagium - An app to help check text against plagiarism.
Animations and Videos
Biteable - This helps you to add extra sparkle and fun to your videos.
Animaker - This is online video making software.
Animatron - Animatron enables you to create, host, and share marketing videos.
Youtube - The biggest video sharing platform in the world.
Wistia - This is a video hosting platform with analytics.
Vimeo - Vimeo is a video hosting, sharing, and services platform.
Pocket - Pocket allows you to manage and curate your online reading list.
Feedly - This is a news aggregator application for various web browsers and mobile devices.
Flipboard - A news-reading app that gathers articles from around the web and delivers them to your device.
Protopage - This is a RSS reader, virtual desktop, and Internet start page.
Haro - This is an online service for journalists to obtain feedback from the public.
Press Hunt - Press Hunt is a database of more than half a million journalists and media outlets.
Just Reach Out - Pitch your idea to a huge bank of journalists.
Mailchimp - This is an email marketing service with millions of users worldwide.
Send Pulse - Send Pulse is a simple email marketing tool.
Sendgrid - This is an email marketing tool that assists marketers and developers with campaign management and audience engagement.
Senderscore - Sender Score gives you a number between 0 and 100 that identifies your email sender reputation.
HTML Mail Designs - A superb email creation tool.
Buffer - Helps users publish content, engage clients and analyse their social media performance.
Hootsuite - Helps you to manage all of your social media platforms in one place.
Sprout Social - Provides a single hub for scheduling, response management and analytics.
Bitly - A free URL shortener.
Social Crawlytics - This is a great tool that provides good insight into how well a site is connecting with readers causing interaction.
AddThis - Puts share buttons on your website to encourage visitors to share content from your site.
Followerwonk - Helps you to find people to follow and understand follower stats on Twitter.
Triberr - Triberr is a platform you can use to grow your audience, network with other bloggers and find great content to share with your readers.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Yoast Extension - A search engine optimization plug-in for WordPress.
Google Page Speed Insights - This allows you to check the speed of your website.
Screaming Frog – A tool that crawls your website to help you identify vital SEO metrics.
Majestic SEO - A powerful SEO tool to get access to detailed information about your website.
Search Metrics - An SEO marketing and analytics marketing tool.
aHrefs - An SEO research and analysis tool, best known for backlink analysis.
Small SEO Tools - This is a toolkit of free SEO tools.
Sitemap Generator - A sitemap generator that is free for up to 500 pages.
Google Search Console - If you are going to use one tool, let it be this one. It checks all of your metrics.
Mozcast - If the Google algorithms change, this tool will let you know.
Google Keyword Planner - The most popular keyword planning tool for businesses.
Keywordtool.io - This is an effective alternative to Google Keyword Planner.
KW Finder - This allows you to find plenty of keywords for your site.