Run your business from anywhere with these tools


Companies all over the world are finding themselves in a situation it would have been hard to imagine a year ago. And, in many cases, their employees are suddenly working from home as a response to the widespread introduction of coronavirus lockdown measures. For many business owners, the question of if their staff are adequately equipped for this new virtual world is at the top of their list of concerns. For others, it's a case of taking on more of the workload as they navigate this new normal, looking for ways to improve and expand their business. Stepping up to assist in the crisis, technology vendors of all shapes and sizes are offering free access to their premium services for a limited time. While many of the available resources have been made accessible to NGOs, school, and students, some companies have extended their services to businesses severely impacted by the pandemic. Here is a list of free tools we think you might find useful:


GOOGLE MEET

  • Videoconferencing service

  • Available free of charge until 30 September

WHY WE LOVE IT: Users can host conferences with up to 100 people at once, and time limits have been temporarily lifted too.


GOOGLE TRENDS


  • Google search keyword trends

  • Free

WHY WE LOVE IT: Very helpful for understanding seasonal trends and the relative strength of keywords/categories over time.


GOOGLE KEYWORD PLANNER


  • Keyword planning tool

  • Free within your Google Ads account

WHY WE LOVE IT: Offers fairly detailed and reasonably accurate estimates of keyword demand and pricing which is very helpful for campaign planning and keyword buildouts.


FRESHCHAT & FRESHDESK

Customer engagement tools

Both tools are available on a 21 day trial, with tiered packages available starting from free usage.


WHY WE LOVE IT: Both tools can be used to manage a surge in customer queries via digital channels and help businesses transition to remote work.

BILL.COM

  • Payments processing.

  • Businesses that are experiencing a sharp decline in their revenues can get a free, three-month subscription to the service to run payables and receivables remotely


WHY WE LOVE IT: Seamlessly create and pay bills, send invoices, and make sure you get paid.

PANDADOC


  • Electronic signatures for documents

  • Free

WHY WE LOVE IT: PandaDoc has created a free e-signature service with no limits to the number of documents that a user can manage via it.


WORKHUMAN

  • Employee wellness

  • Free special editions of Life Events® and Conversations® products until March 2021

WHY WE LOVE IT: Workhuman helps mitigate isolation during the covid-19 disruption. the software platform motivates employees to establish and deepen relationships and build trust, fostering greater innovation, creativity and collaboration.


ANIMOTO

  • Video creation

  • Free version available

WHY WE LOVE IT: It makes social-media optimized video production a snap


SUPERMETRICS


  • Marketing data aggregator and querying system

  • $99/mo

WHY WE LOVE IT: Offers deep, customized data analytics and the reporting is fast and user-friendly.


STORYBLOCKS


  • Stock photo and video software

  • $29/mo

WHY WE LOVE IT: Provides an extensive selection of hd-quality stock videos that are quick and easy to download and use.



JUSTWORKS


  • Simple software + expert support for payroll, benefits, HR, and compliance

  • $49/mo per employee

WHY WE LOVE IT: Makes payroll and compliance a breeze, and they have the best support team we've ever dealt with.


TRELLO

  • Project management software

  • Free version available

WHY WE LOVE IT: Makes it very easy for everyone on the team to collaborate and keep up to date on tasks, goals and responsibilities.


ZAPIER

  • Process automation super tool

  • Free version available

WHY WE LOVE IT: Connects the most popular apps in an easy to use, simple way. we think that this just might be the most powerful tool on the internet.

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