As a small business owner, I am often pulled in many directions at once.

I love tools that help simplify my daily routine and improve my productivity while not affecting my bottom line.

Investing time, money and effort into software and training helps propel my business into a high-production mode. Here’s a few of my favorite tools that help my business run smoothly and help me keep costs low.

Canva

If you don’t have experience in graphic design, but you need eye-catching media, Canva is your new best friend.

With a host of free tools, images and templates, anyone can create bright, engaging and professional designs. Draft polished newsletters, business cards, social media posts and marketing collateral with one source.

Gather your team through one portal to share design ideas, gain feedback and save projects in one location.

HootSuite

You can spend all day attracting and interacting with your followers on social media, but it’s not the best use of your time.

Through HootSuite, your marketing team can plan full campaigns or schedule a week’s worth of posts from a single dashboard.

With four tiers of plans, any organization can find the perfect match for their social media marketing and analytics. Post to Pinterest or YouTube and everything in between by simply managing a calendar.

In addition, HootSuite offers additional education, idea generation and guides to assist in your marketing efforts.

PayPal

Getting paid for services or products rendered shouldn’t be stressful.

For many small businesses, invoicing and receiving payments is simplified using one of the most popular applications, PayPal.

Use PayPal for your online store or send invoices for services. No matter how you use it, the tracking and accounting services help small businesses manage their accounts easily.

Social Media Groups

Become a joiner.

Small business owners take on a lot of responsibility for the success of their business. But no one can become successful alone.

It’s time to join some social media groups and allow those groups to inspire, rejuvenate and even be constructively critical of your business.

Through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest, you can find a professional group that can help boost your business. Use the groups to bounce ideas and share experiences, wins and losses.

Skype

Although it’s been around for years, Skype continues to make improvements for business and social use.

Whether your business works with international clients or you have coworkers who join the team remotely, this video and phone platform helps make conference calls easy and keeps costs low.

Throughout the business call, participants can instantly share files relevant to the conversation or for future use.

Don’t limit this platform for business calls only. Skype is a great tool to use for vlogs, podcasts and even live streaming at events or meetings.

If you know a tool that has become essential for you business, share with us!

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