Thursday, October 29, 2020

7 Free Online Tools You Should Be Using

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The internet is full of free things, but the key is finding them and then using them. Whether you run your own business, have a desk job, or even if you only use a computer and the internet for fun in your spare time, there are plenty of tools that could help you with things that you should know about. 

A Website Builder 

Pretty much everyone has a website these days, and it's a lot simpler than you think. Whether you want one for your small business or for a blog, then you can start small and basic, and you can build one for free using a free website builder such as Wix, which offers a free account. Wix can help you create a full-featured, mobile-friendly website.

Virtual Private Network 

A Virtual Private Network or VPN can be useful for many people. Using a VPN hides your online activity from snoops and limits who can and can't access network content. CyberGhost is a free service that gives you that bit of protection as well as offering reliable connection speeds and excellent network security.

Online Calculators

There are online calculators for just about everything. If you want to find out how much you should or could be spending on a mortgage, then check out MortgageCalculator.Org; you can calculate your BMI and TDEE if you're looking to lose or gain weight, you can calculate your salary or how much tax you should be paying all with free online tools. 

Video Conferencing 

Everyone is loving video chat right now and even more so, video conferencing where you can have more than one person on a call. If you're looking to connect with clients or family members and don't want to pay for the service, then there are plenty of options out there, including Google Hangouts, Facebook Video Chat, House Party, and

Human Resources Management

This one is for those of you who do have a small business. If you don't have a HR department, well, you don't need one because you can use a free HR management tool instead. Something like Deputy allows you to schedule employee shifts, make company announcements, and manage tasks. 

Accounting Tools

Everyone needs to do a bit of accounting now and then, and if you don't have an accountant to do it for you, then there are free tools which can help you keep your books balanced, receive accounting and reports, and create and scan invoices, and you can also usually scan receipts directly into the system.

Social Media Listening 

A free, easy-to-use dashboard that lets you stay up-to-date on what people on social media are talking about can be a great tool for small businesses to give their customers what they want or for you to do research for whatever reason. Hootsuite offers a free version of its software that's good enough to do the trick, and if you've got social media accounts to manage too, you'll be able to do this on here, and schedule posts for multiple accounts as well as interact with your followers. You'll also be able to track how many followers you have on each of your social networks and monitor which posts are generating the most clicks.

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