5 Free Tools to Boost Productivity and Profits

  • AUTHOR: Peter Chen
  • DATE: 05/14/2012

When starting a new business, two things you probably don’t have much   of are money or time. You have a million things to do and no money to   make it happen. I know — I was there when I launched my Internet   business six years ago. Here are five powerful free tools that I used to   get things rolling:

     

  1. Weebly

     
    Weebly is the best thing that ever happened to creating websites. It is easy,   fast and, best of all, free. My favorite part about Weebly is how easy   it is to maintain. You can make ongoing changes on a regular basis, like   updating your address, adding customer testimonials and changing your   prices. If you already have a website but haven’t updated it in years,   consider switching to Weebly today; it will make a dramatic improvement   to your business. I like to start with Weebly anytime I have a business   idea — I spend a few hours creating a simple informative website and   then spend a week talking to customers to see if they would sign up.
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  3. Rapportive

     
    Want to know what the person that just emailed you looks like? Or what they just posted on Facebook? Rapportive is the perfect Gmail add-on that shows you social media information of   the person who emailed you, including their profile picture and their   latest updates on Facebook. I use Rapportive anytime a new customer   signs up; I like to learn as much as I can about my paying customers to   see where I can find more of them.
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  5. Skitch

     
    Skitch makes it easy to take screenshots of websites and annotate on top of   them. I use Skitch on a daily basis to help show people exactly what I’m   talking about. I use it to point customers in the right direction   inside my Web business (Flying Cart)   and visualize new features with my team. Explaining things in text is   hard, but sending a customer a “Skitch” of exactly where they need to   click saves a ton of time and cuts out frustration. Each Skitch is worth   10,000 words.
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  7. Digioh

     
    Want to sell a PDF, image or mp3 file on your website or blog? Digioh makes this crazy easy. Simply upload your file, set your price, and   start selling it in less than 15 seconds. You can use the selling link   Digioh gives you to sell digital files on your website, blog, in an   email and on Facebook. This could be an image, an eBook, a simple   spreadsheet, or anything else you can create digitally. I like to use   Digioh to distribute free informative PDFs on guest blog posts in hope   of attracting new customers.
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  9. MailChimp

     
    Need to email 100 — or even 100,000 — people for a major announcement or promotion? Look no further than MailChimp.   They make it super easy to send bulk newsletters to everyone you need   to. Here is how it works: pick a fun design, type in your text, add in   all the emails of recipients, and click send. I use MailChimp to keep my   customers informed about new features and customer case studies. This   helps keep our old customers engaged with our company on a weekly basis.
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