Effective and Inexpensive Solutions for Home Business Owners

Running your own home based business can present many different challenges, one of which is organization.  Many home business entrepreneurs would say that finding time to perform all their duties and keeping things organized can become taxing.

small business solutionsThis is true since a lot of different tasks (responding to customer’s emails, setting appointments, accounting, doing inventory, meeting clients, etc.) are on their hands.

Fortunately, small business owners can take advantage of free or inexpensive solutions online.  Here are some examples:

Organize Time. Creating a daily work schedule and keeping track of your appointments can be easier using Yahoo Calendar. From here you can store contacts, create your to-do lists, create reminders and events.  You can even synchronize it with a PDF device like iPhone.

Accounting and Payroll. Small business accounting is made simple with Intuit Quickbooks, even for those who do not have a background in business accounting.  This application software presents a user-friendly interface and ready-to-use modules that allow you to track of your relationships vendors, customers and employees in one package.

Merchant ServiceIf you accept credit card payments, the system can be integrated with Intuit Merchant Account Services to be able to use the credit card processing features.

For business owners who hire employees, Intuit Quickbooks can also be integrated with Intuit Online Payroll for easy payroll management.

Fax messages.  For many businesses, fax messaging is an important way of communications.  Myfax is an internet fax service that allows you to send and receive fax online.  For $10 a month, there is no need to buy a fax machine and fax supplies (paper, ink, toner), a separate business telephone line for fax messages.

Business Taxes. CompleteTax is an online service that enables you to file your business taxes from your own computer and get the refunds you deserve.  To know what specific business expenses are eligible for deductions or credit, call up the Tax Hotline and get unlimited 1-on-1 advice from a tax professional for 90 days for $19.95.


Do you use other tools or applications that you want to add to the list?  Please feel free to share it by leaving a comment.

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About the Author:

Melanie James has spent the last 14 years working with businesses to implement quick, effective and inexpensive changes to their businesses to increase productivity and their bottom line.

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