Our top 5 digital tools that your small business needs
Starting and maintaining a small business is a tough job and with the massive digitization we’ve seen after COVID, small business owners need to figure out how to keep up.
There is an abundance of digital tools out there and sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to dedicate your time to. That’s why we’ve decided to put together our 10 favourite digital tools that have helped grow Gigabit Networks from the ground up!
These tools combined with our GigaFast Business Fibre product will set you up for success. Ultrafast, ultra-reliable internet speeds and a streamlined and organised working process will help any small business to flourish.
For a small business – organisation is everything. Keeping organised will help you to stay on top of tasks and optimise productivity. It’s very easy for smaller tasks written on a random piece of paper to be forgotten or lost.
With Trello, you’ll never have to worry about organising your tasks again. Trello allows you to designate certain tasks to cards and organise these cards onto boards. This way you can organise your to-do list for the week or set certain goals for the year.
Trello also allows collaboration so you can see what other team members are working on or work on tasks together with colleagues.
Price: as a small business you will probably only ever need the free version of Trello. However, they do have a premium package with a few extra perks for $10 per month which is great for teams of up to 100.
Video conferencing is massively important for any small business in 2022. Simple phone calls are now a thing of the past – Zoom is the new way to remotely run your small business and catch up with colleagues and employees.
Zoom has plenty of great features that make it 10x better than a normal call. You’re able to share your screen so that you can do sales pitches remotely or collaborate with team members on a piece of work.
Zoom also allows for meeting to be recorded meaning if a colleague can’t make it, they can still catch up.
Price: Zoom has a free package where you can host up to 100 participants for 40 minutes or a one-to-one meeting for up to 30 hours. If you think you’ll need a little more than this then the zoom pro package is £119.90 per year and allows hosting of up to 100 participants for up to 30 hours as well as a few added extras.
As a small business, it isn’t always cost-effective to outsource your design work, sometimes you just have to get it done yourself. That’s why Canva is perfect.
Combining a simple-to-use interface with plenty of widgets, templates and even some royalty-free images, Canva allows even the most novice graphic designers to create logos, social posts, and campaigns.
Price: The free version of Canva is great, it has hundreds of thousands of templates and photos and allows for collaboration. Canva pro, however, combines all of the great features of the free version with millions of stock photos, videos, audio and graphics. As well as plenty of other great features to make graphic design so much easier – all for just £10.99 a month.
WordPress is a high-quality tool allowing users to create blogs or websites. It is by-far the most popular tool of it’s type and appeals to so many different online spaces.
WordPress also has free plugins and themes to make the process of website and blog creation so much easier and compatible with other online domains.
Price: WordPress does have a free package, but their business package is perfect for small businesses. For just £27 a month it allows hosting, payment collection, premium themes, google analytics integration and so much more!
Active Campaign is the perfect tool for engaging with your customers and allows for the automation of so many processes that are usually mundane and tedious. They also have excellent customer service options via chat and email support.
Active Campaign’s email marketing feature allows you to hand-create customised email campaigns with an immense amount of detail. As a small business, email marketing should be a key part of your strategy; it is free after all!
The CRM and sales automation feature of Active Campaign also allows you to manage all your contacts in one place, which is so important for organisation and productivity.
Price: Billed monthly an Active Campaign lite subscription will cost $15/mo. This covers 500 contacts and includes loads of helpful features such as over 100 email templates, over 500 automation recipes and unlimited email sending.