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Useful Online Resources For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Apr 11, 2022
Analyst

Giving room for improvement is one of the ways to keep your business growing, whether as a beginner or a pro. Fortunately, there are many online tools that can help business owners achieve this, ranging from different applications for managing a small business to various online resources for education and even record keeping.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with relying on these online resources as they allow you to grow and manage your business irrespective of when and where you might be.

This guide will help you pinpoint some of those resources that can help you.

Below is a compiled list of resources and applications for small businesses and how they can help your small business.

Coursera and Other Online Platforms

Entrepreneurs should not stop learning. Everything keeps changing and getting advanced, and entrepreneurs shouldn't just hold on to what they know. Instead, they should always strive to keep themselves updated with relevant happenings and concepts in their industry. A variety of business courses are accessible on Coursera and other online platforms like Udemy, Udacity, etc. Joining platforms like these could also help network with other business owners from across the world.

Google Maps

Existence on Google maps is essential for any physical business. For example, you could build your business page on Google by updating your contact information such as your phone number, address, and other crucial details about your business. Google Maps could also help lead potential customers to your doorstep. This gives you an edge over others when users use the "Near Me" feature.

QuickBooks Online

This is one of the applications that can help you as a business owner. This application helps you in the financial aspect of your business, from creating payroll and accounting to analyzing profits. The QuickBooks accounting application helps you in creating invoices and also in the management of your expenses.

PayPal Here

PayPal Here helps business owners conveniently operate a contactless payment and accept credit cards from clients. The PayPal Here application is easy to use and makes it easy to accept payments on your phone.

PayPal Here works via a PayPal account, so these two apps have to harmonize for proper use of the payment app.;

HotSchedules

One factor that every business owner always has to consider is time. Tasks have to be done at the right time in order to get effective results. For an online-based scheduling application, HotSchedules is what you should consider. This helps you manage time, draft shifts, and process off-time requests and calendars.

Canva for Graphic Illustrations

Advertisement is another essential factor that grows small businesses fast, and one of the ways to publicize is by using graphics. However, as a small business owner, you could do your designs yourself using Canva.

This application is easy to use and you can make beautiful logos, flyers, and poster designs from here. You could also create your social media cover designs and other infographics to help your business.

As a business owner, you should learn to maximize every resource made available to you so as to help foster the growth and improvement of your business.

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