As the power of the web and collaboration continues to develop, we can find an increasing number of tools that will help us become more efficient, more effective without spending a ton of money. With 2015 well on its way, we’ve taken the liberty of creating a list of tools we constantly use, highly recommend, and know they will help you meet your business goals no matter what they are. Business Apps & Digital Storage

  • Google Apps for Work – Google offers professional email, online storage, shared calendars, video meetings and more. The apps are specifically designed for business and teams to share and collaborate securely.
  • Dropbox – Safely, securely, and easily store all of your documents. Share and access them on your desktop and mobile devices.

Gmail

  • WiseStamp – Professional email signature designs with social icons and easily customizable templates. Promote your business with every email you send.
  • Streak – Customer Relations Management (CRM) inside Gmail.
  • Boomerang –  Scheduled email sending.
  • Hellosign for Gmail  – Sign documents in Gmail.

Newsletter

Scheduling & Meetings

  • Doodle.com Simplifies scheduling the scheduling tool you’ll actually use. Find a date for a meeting, twice as fast.
  • World Time Buddy – Simple timezone converter for scheduling.
  • Join.me – Easy screen sharing.
  • Clickmeeting – Meet and collaborate online with teams, clients and partners.

Time tracking

  • Toggle – Never lose track of time with this helpful timer tool to keep you on task.
  • Timer tab – Easily countdown and pace your tasks.

Communication

    • UberConference – Free conference calling with easy dial-in system.
    • Google voice – Google voice users can make cost-free calls between each other, leave voicemail as easily as email, and much more.
    • Hellofax – With HelloFax, you can conveniently send and receive faxes online.
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Marketing

  • Social Media Management
    • Pagemodo – Everything you need for a powerful social media presence.
    • Postplanner  – PostPlanner saves you 2 hours daily on Facebook marketing.
    • Oktopost  – Easily manage and measure all of your B2B social media marketing.
  • Graphics
    • Canva  – Canva makes graphic design simple for everyone. Create professional graphics with the click of a mouse.
    • Social Media Image Maker – Resize and retouch your social media images for the most share-worthy pics!
    • Powtoon – Create animated marketing videos and video presentations.

Outsourcing

  • Fiverr – The marketplace for creative and professional freelance services.
  • Elance – A community of skilled freelancers eager to help you get the job done right.
  • 99designs – The largest marketplace for sourcing graphic design talent.

  We also recommend you to check out the following lists:

Thanks Donna & Sujan for being the inspiration of this post.   What other tools do you recommend? Leave a comment below and add your suggestions to this list. Image credit – Steve Snodgrass

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Written by Josh (Tzvika) Avnery
Josh (Tzvika) Avnery WiseStamp Co-Founder and Marketing director. Loves anything web and a struggling foodie in an office full of vegans.