FREE Tools & Resources for Start-ups & Small Businesses (Part II)

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As promised here is part 2 of FREE Tools & Resources for Start-ups & Small Businesses which covers Google Docs, Skype, Google Talk, Yugma and Remember the milk. I hope you all find it helpful... So, without any further delay, the list continues...

Google Docs: While it may not have all the advanced functionality of the leading office software suites, Google Documents allows users to create and save documents online. Write your business documents using Google's word processor. Use the database, mathematical, and sorting functionality in Google's spreadsheet application. Create a presentation on projected sales of your product. The collaborative feature of Google Documents allows multiple users to work on the same project at the same time, anywhere in the world. These applications work like simplified versions of Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and allow colleagues to work together on the same document.

  • More Information: http://docs.google.com
  • Plus: Instant collaboration and no more sending attachments back and forth
  • Minus: No internet, NO access (unless you saved the documents on your desktop as well)
  • What to do? - You NEED it.

VOIP or Internet-based Phone Calls: Skype. You can make FREE Internet calls to anyone you want (of course if they also have Skype) or for a small fee to a landline. It is perfectly suited to start-ups and small businesses who need to keep their phone bills down. As Skype says "Free calls, video calls and instant messaging over the internet. Plus great value calls to phones anywhere in the world."

  • More Information: www.skype.com
  • Plus: Lower Phone Bills
  • Minus: No internet, No calls...
  • What to do? - Try it, its FREE to register and use...

Instant Messaging: Instant messaging or chatting is a popular form of two-way communication using typed text. The communication takes place in real time and hence it facilitates better communication, mostly amongst geographically-dispersed people.

  • More Information: www.google.com/talk  
  • Plus: Much more than Instant messaging - file sharing, online calling, voicemail, offline messaging distinguishes it from other IMs
  • Minus: Making sure that all your connections are on Google Talk
  • What to do? - Its 2009 and am sure you're already using it

Collaboration/ Desktop Sharing/ Web Conferencing: As a small business owner you may feel the need of desktop sharing, web conferencing, and web collaboration for webinars, web meetings, sales presentations, online training, and remote support. Here's the solution: Yugma.  

  • More Information: www.yugma.com  
  • Plus: There's a Skype version which provides instant desktop sharing and interactive collaboration tools for Skype users.
  • Minus: Servers may not respond sometimes ;-)
  • What to do? - Sign up to get your free Yugma instant web conferencing account.

To Do List: There are a number of online ‘to do' lists which help you manage your tasks & reminders. If you don't trust your Post-it notes and Outlook then consider "Remember the Milk", a free application at help...

  • More Information: www.rememberthemilk.com/
  • Plus: Never forget the milk (or anything else) again
  • Minus: Do you really need it?
  • What to do? - Stick to your trusted post-it reminders J

Summary: And, the good News is that's not all...There are so many more resources out there to make your life easier; I'll talk about those in more details, in separate posts. In the meanwhile, take a look, explore and enjoy the FREE (or almost FREE) resources discussed in this post.

Devesh Dwivedi is a successful Management Consultant, Entrepreneur, with a diverse professional background, consulted and worked for a wide range of businesses from start-ups to Fortune 50. One of the all time Top Experts in Small Business & Startup category on Linkedin and an open networker available to help entrepreneurs and businesses. For more information please visit www.idea2inception.com

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