List of the Most Useful, Time-Tested Online Business Tools

Nobody gets much done in business anymore without a decent sized list of online apps and software. And when you're just starting out, it can be confusing and overwhelming to distinguish between what you need versus what you think you need. 

If it feels like there's a shiny new app, plugin or software program to solve some business problem every other week - you're right. There is. Make that every week. 

In the end though, especially when you're just starting out, you really only need a small handful of tools to get you going and build momentum. 

To help out, I've compiled the tools I've used over the last couple of years of launching and running an online business that have withheld the test of function (easy and useful!), beauty (preferably!) and pocketbook friendly.

In the list below, if it says (New), I haven't actually used it yet but plan on checking it out at my soonest chance. 

Launch Pages
LeadPages
LaunchRock

Quick + Easy Websites
Weebly
SquareSpace
(New) Strikingly

Online Analytics
Google Analytics
KISS Metrics

Social Media Management
Hootsuite
Buffer
(New) Meet Edgar

Surveys
Survey Monkey
Wufoo

Email List
MailChimp
AWeber

Graphics
Picmonkey
Canva

Marketing + Promotion
Facebook, Google, Yahoo ads (Start at $5/day and monitor your response to adjust as needed.)
Facebook Groups (Be cool. Add value and make friends. Don't spam.)

Small Business Accounting
Wave
Xero

Storage + Sharing Docs
Dropbox
Evernote
Google Drive (also works as a pretty decent free collaborative workspace for small projects)

I used scheduling software when I was taking on more 1-on-1 clients and found Satori to have the right blend of function and beauty. For far less beauty and function there are a few el cheapo options out there that a Google search will give you. 

Have questions about what to use for something you're working on? 
Ask. I've probably tried it, used it or know somebody who uses it and I'm happy to share any info I have.