Resources for Your Small Business
The majority of these resources I have personally used with my small business and with great results. Others come highly recommended by other small business owners. Odds are you have heard of most if not all of them. While there are many resources available to small business owners these can help anyone looking for some recommendations.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I might earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. I only recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the commissions I might make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Invoicing / Accounting / Bookkeeping
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> FRESHBOOKS
Freshbook is one of the fastest growing online resources for managing your invoices, payments, and accounting books. Even if you don’t use invoicing you will still love their accounting options. I switched from Quickbooks and I have found it has a much easier learning curve. By the way, I am hearing GREAT FEEDBACK on this from local small business owners who are finding they get paid way faster, and invoicing is a snap. They can pay right from the email. Try it for FREE for 30 days. Let me know what you think!
Quickbooks is still a great option and still a top recommendation. You can’t go wrong either way. However, please know you will get much better results using either of these vs a notepad, spreadsheet, or a shoebox. ?
Payroll, Benefits, and HR
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> GUSTO
If you think you will have employees, I highly recommend using a payroll company. While you can do it yourself, why have the extra stress of collecting workers comp, paying taxes, doing W4s, etc.
When I started my first business, I was so thankful that I outsourced payroll. It was the best investment I ever made.
Gusto makes payroll easy but also has plans that can help with benefits and other Human Resource issues.
Payroll via Quickbooks – One of the leading payroll options for local small business owners. There are other options such as ADP Payroll as well as many large banks. I personally used Wells Fargo Payroll with great success.
Website Set Up
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> BLUE HOST
YOU MUST HAVE A WEBSITE. Sorry to shout that. But in today's online world, you need to claim your business everywhere and you need a website to direct them to. You can go with a free plan over at wordpress.com and do a basic website. You don't need anything fancy.
But the best value is thru Bluehost which is why I recommend it. For less than $5 a month, you can have a website up and running. You can't beat that. (Click to View Tutorial on Set Up)
If your small business doesn’t have a website then you are missing out on business. In today’s online world everyone is Googling for what they need. I'm also a fan of GoDaddy but you will pay a little more.
For more on your website, please check out these 10 must-haves for your website. 10 Must-Have Items All Local Small Business Owners Need
LEGAL SERVICES / LLC FORMATION / OTHER BUSINESS LEGAL NEEDS
RECOMMENDED PICK —–>> LEGALZOOM
LegalZoom is an excellent resource for all things legal. When I created my first LLC I needed it done quickly and used Legal Zoom. I was extremely happy with their service. If you are looking to convert your DBA or sole proprietorship over to an LLC and would like to have help doing it, I recommend giving LegalZoom a call.
Turbotax As much as we hate tax time it is a necessary evil. I have used Turbotax for years. Even the most complicated situations will work as Turbotax walks you through the entire process. I’ve had rental properties, several businesses as well as a host of other unique situations. Give it a try if you haven’t set up your CPA yet or stubborn like me.
Two of my favorite business tools are Microsoft 365 & Dropbox. Between the two of them, I am able to have Word & Excel at my fingertips on any of my devices. Excel is a great tool to use to track sales plans, daily sales, and any other trends. If you travel between computers, Dropbox is a must-have!
If you plan on starting a local small business then you will need a few more resources. Head to our Resources for Starting a Local Small Business to get even more resources that will help get your small business off the ground.
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