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Looking for new tools to kickstart your startup? Here are 10 free apps that you can use to improve productivity, marketing, communication and finances for your small business.

Apps for Productivity

Streamline basic tasks with these free apps so you can have more time developing million-dollar ideas.

1. Evernote

Evernote is one of the top free note-taking and organizing apps out there. It keeps important documents from plane tickets to grocery lists in a safe place while staying synced across your devices. An especially helpful feature is the scratchpad function on the homepage that allows for quick notes on the go. Available on both Android and iOS, as well as on desktop. 

Evernote plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free
  • Premium: £4.99 / month
  • Business: £10.99 / user / month

Check out Evernote: https://evernote.com/


2. Buffer

As a small business or startup, managing social media can become overwhelming pretty quickly. Buffer allows you to schedule your posts in advance and lets you customize your post according to the social network. With a free plan, you can manage up to three different social media channels and plan up to 10 posts in advance at any given time. Available on Android, iOS, and desktop.

Buffer plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free
  • Pro: $15.00 / month
  • Premium: $65.00 / month
  • Business: $99.00 / month

Check out Buffer: https://buffer.com/


3. Toggl

Also called Toggl Track, this free app saves you time by tracking your time. As a small business or startup owner, you need to be aware of where your time is spent. Toggl has features like reminders to log your time, pomodoro timers, and calendar integrations. You can even export your data analysis on your time used. Available on iOS, Android, and desktop. 

Toggl plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free / up to 5 users
  • Starter: $10.00 / user / month
  • Business: $20.00 / user / month

Check out Toggl: https://toggl.com/track/


Apps for Marketing Solutions

These are for getting your message out more effectively, receiving feedback, A/B testing, and implementing solutions.

4. Canva

Canva is one the best free design tools that has been developed in recent years for both beginners and professionals. Their goal is to make designing easy for anyone. Users can take advantage of Canva’s free templates for nearly any design or digital marketing avenue. Featured templates include logos, Instagram stories, Linkedin banners, letterheads and more. Use Canva for free on Android and on desktop.

Canva plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free
  • Pro: £11.99 / month
  • Business: £24.00 / user / month

Check out Canva: https://www.canva.com/


5. Senditure

Senditure gives you everything you need to run beautifully-designed, professional email marketing campaigns your customers simply can’t ignore. Whether you’re just getting started with eCommerce marketing or looking to drive more revenue through automated emails with more advanced automation, they’ve got you covered. Choose from hundreds of elegant templates and an easy to use drag-and-drop builder to put your email together in moments.

Senditure plans starting from:

  • Unlimited Trial: Free
  • Pay As You Go: £4.00 / per campaign + £0.05 / recipient
  • Premier: £12.00 / month

 Request an invite and get started for free: https://senditure.co.uk/


6. Typeform

Forms, surveys, and questionnaires all contribute to user engagement. Typeform is the free online tool that offers both templates for nearly every possible form you can think of, and integrations with top tools like Slack, Google Sheets, and Mailchimp. They also power VideoAsk, another free tool for connecting with audiences via embedded video. Mainly desktop; LITE version available on Android and iOS. 

Typeform plans starting from:

  • Free Plan
  • Basic: £25.00 / month
  • Plus: £49.99 / month
  • Business: £79.00 / month

Check out Typeform: https://www.typeform.com/


Apps for Communication and Planning

Streamline conversations within your startup and improve your professional network with these free apps.

7. LinkedIn

Linkedin is considered Facebook for professionals. It’s free to sign up and start connecting with other professionals in your circle. It can also be a great place for publishing writing, asking questions, sharing achievements, and joining groups. Connecting with potential employees, employers, contractors, freelancers, and more is all at the tip of your fingers with apps for both iOS and Android. Linkedin is also available on desktop.

LinkedIn plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free
  • Career: £24.98 / month
  • Business: £39.99 / month
  • Sales Navigator: £49.99 / month
  • Recruiter Lite: £79.99 / month

Check out LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/


8. Slack

Things are less likely to get lost or forgotten when they’re organized. Slack is a free app that allows you to store all of your internal business communications in one place. Conversations can happen in real time or delayed without anyone getting left behind. You can create groups, share files through a variety of integrations, and bring the right people to the conversation with tags.  Available on Android, iOS, and desktop. 

Slack plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free
  • Standard: £5.25/ user / month
  • Plus: £9.75 / user / month

Check out Slack: https://slack.com/


Apps for Finances

Everyone needs a little help with finances every once in a while. Use these apps to speed up your financial processes. 

9. Square

Square makes it quick and free to start accepting point of sale payments. Take your work on the go with a free magstripe reader and accept credit cards from anywhere. Square works with small businesses to enterprises and only charges 2.65% per swipe. They even work offline with no extra charge. You can later upgrade by purchasing other point of sales hardware when you’re ready. App available on iOS and Android. 

Square plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free
  • In-person: 1.75% transaction fee
  • Online payment: 1.9% – 2.9% transaction fee
  • Manually keyed-in: 2.5% transaction fee

Check out Square: https://squareup.com/gb/en


10. Wave

Wave is the free invoicing and financial app you didn’t realize you needed. Under the free account you can utilize all of their accounting features to track your sales, invoices, and receipts. Wave will even send invoice reminders on your behalf so you don’t have to worry about chasing customers. Available on iOS and Android, as well as on desktop.

Wave plans starting from:

  • Basic: Free
  • Pay-Per-Use: 1.4% – 2.9% + 20p / transaction

Check out Wave: https://www.waveapps.com/

About Savannah Hayes

Savannah Hayes

After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology, Savannah Hayes became an esteemed writer at Pixify. She considers a community to be one of the most important things in life. Savannah spends her days writing with a strong coffee in hand, her evenings catching up on the latest neuroscience research and her weekends painting.
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