Kick start your business with free apps

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Inna Kaushan, co-founder Solna
Inna Kaushan, co-founder Solna

Inna Kaushan, co-founder Solna points SME readers to some free aps for financial and health wellbeing

Starting a new business is exciting but can be tough as you discover how much there is to do.

To help you get started here are some of the best free apps and tools for small business owners.

Trello
A straightforward to-do list with easy task management, where even the free version gives you what you need.

Trello is a simple task management tool which helps you organise and order your jobs with clean, colourful cards and lists. If a deadline changes, you just move the cards around. If you win a new client, you can create a list specifically for them keeping everything in one place.

List addicts and people who like keeping their tasks and projects organised will love it

Clockify
Time tracking software that syncs across devices to show you exactly where your time is being spent.

Accurate time tracking means you won’t undercharge or overcharge for your work. You’ll also be able to see all your projects’ progress, and how much you have left to spare when you’re pitching for new work. The key to not wasting time is knowing where you’re wasting it.

Clockify’s timekeeping dashboard means you’ll know exactly where your tasks are at a glance! Synced to both desktop and mobile, it breaks down your hours, days, and weeks. Track your time, break down the data, and turn timesheets into a doddle.

Small businesses or freelancers with a lot to do (and who don’t enjoy admin) will love it.

Solna
More than just an invoicing tool, Solna does all the admin for you. It helps you track your income and gets you paid faster.

Who’s going to love it? Freelancers and small businesses with lots of invoices and no time to chase them!

For some small businesses and freelancers, getting paid means sending email attachments and mailing A4 pieces of paper. It sounds simple, but it can end up being a big admin job without the right help.

If you want to get paid on time, smart invoicing is the only way to go. Solna helps you create stunning, branded invoices, send automatic payment reminders to those pesky late payers, and track every invoice until it’s in your account. All invoices come with read receipt, so no more chasing random accounts people either!

Solna is packed with clever features to help freelancers and small businesses whether they’re new to the game or not.

Coconut
A free current account for freelancers, the self-employed, and small businesses, that also takes care of the accounting and tax.

Traditional accounting packages and business bank accounts haven’t kept up with the fast-paced way we work. Coconut addresses this by combining banking and accounting in one simple product.

A Coconut account gives you a debit card, transfers, simple online statements, and more. Coconut helps you stay organised by categorising your business expenses. It sends instant notifications to remind you to snap receipts when you spend. It also gives you helpful tips about what you can and can’t claim, to help manage your tax bill.

Anyone dreading financial admin will love this.

Headspace
Easy meditation you can do in five or 10 minutes.

Headspace isn’t designed for business owners specifically, but some quiet mindfulness is something we can all benefit from.

The app has hundreds of short meditation sessions. If you struggle to switch off, or to sleep, or notice negative thought patterns, this is the app to download. You can try 10 sessions for free before you decide to pay for a subscription.

These tools are a great help in keeping organised, getting paid, saving time, and giving you an opportunity to relax.

Pic and caption: Inna Kaushan, co-founder Solna

  • Ola Rybacka

    Thanks for recommending these tools, before reading it I knew only Trello and Clockify! At my company, we use TimeCamp for time tracking and HeySpace for task management and collaboration, so please take a look at them – maybe you’ll get inspired ;). Regards!