New business startups are starting all the time online, and never a day goes by without an innovative entrepreneurial idea growing from an idea into reality. If you are a businessperson looking to make it big, then the Internet is your friend, as it provides you access to a worldwide market, with minimal overhead costs.
The Internet also provides you with a multitude of tools, in order to get the job done. Here are 5 tools to help you get your business empire off the ground and into the Stock Exchange.
Count Down to Your Big Moment with Launch Clock
If you want to get people interested about your venture, you need to create momentum and excitement. And what better way to do that than a countdown clock?
Simply enter the date and time for the launch, and it will calculate the number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds. And…..you’re off!
Send Email Newsletters Via Amazon with Sendy
If you’re going to build a loyal customer base, then you’re going to need to set up and maintain an email newsletter. But sending out emails en masse is a very expensive proposition. Which is where Sendy comes in to save the day, backed up by Amazon.
Sendy is software which you buy for a one-time fee of $59. It gets installed onto your web server, and the emails are then sent out, using Amazon’s Simple Email Service. Using SES ensures that your emails actually get delivered.
And the savings are immense. The site says that if you send 500,000 emails with Mailchimp, it would cost $5,000. With Amazon SES, it would cost $50. No, I haven’t missed out any zeros there.
Effortlessly Collect Credit Card Payments with Payzo
One of the biggest hindrances any new online venture faces is its ability to accept credit card payments. Many banks charge a horrendous amount of money in fees, which makes credit card payments unsustainable. Yet everyone wants to pay with plastic, so what do you do?
Payzo is one option to take a look at. Setting up a simple payment page takes mere minutes (here’s mine). Just fill in the details, add a company logo, customize your link, and you’re off to the races. Feel free to whip out your credit card and try out my payment page. No, really I insist.
Receiving up to $200 a month is free, up to $2,000 a month is $9, and unlimited transactions costs $15 a month. So as you can see, extremely affordable.
Talk Shop to Your Colleagues with Pie
If your colleagues are stretched out across different countries and continents, then you are going to need a chat program. There’s always Skype and Google Hangouts, and the MakeUseOf staff use Slack (our Slack review), but if you are looking for something different, then there is Pie (which won’t help your waistline if you’re constantly thinking about food).
Pie makes a mini chatroom for everything you want to discuss. This can be anything from news articles, videos, images, documents, or what’s for lunch. The usual hashtags feature is present, so you can track conversations. What is interesting is that you can also invite other people from outside your company into a chat, such as suppliers, partners, customers….
There is also a Chrome extension for starting a conversation directly from your browser.
Start Your Own Free Curated Newsletter With RefreshBox
Going back to the subject of email, the hot topic right now is curation. This is where people cut through all the “noise” of too much information, and present to you what they consider to be the best stuff to read. This is the “curating” part.
RefreshBox is a free service where you can create your own curated newsletters for anyone to sign up to. They also offer a Chrome extension to make adding links to your next newsletter extremely simple.
So tell us entrepreneurs! What tools have you used to make your millions? Fire away in the comments.