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Business Tools and Resources

A LIST OF TOOLS TO HELP YOU START AND RUN YOUR HOME SERVICE BASED BUSINESS

When starting or maintaining a new business there are many resources you need to know about that will help you have a successful business. Here are my favorites!

Note:

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  • Accounting/ Invoicing
  • Banking
  • Content
  • CPA
  • Customer Scheduling Tool
  • Documents
  • Email Marketing
  • Graphic Design Tools
  • Insurance
  • Legal Coverage/ Security
  • Networking
  • Outsourcing
  • Podcasting
  • Site Security
  • Social Scheduler
  • Stock Photography
  • Video
  • Website Development
  • Other Tools

 

Accounting and Invoicing:

Quickbooks online is one of the first and best investments we made for the business. Depending on which plan you get with Quickbooks, you can track your time, your subcontractor’s time, send and track invoices, estimates, and accept payments.

They have a credit card option through their merchant services or you can set up payments with Stripe and Paypal Business (which is only $.50 per transaction instead of a percentage)  You can get a 30-day free trial and then Simple start is only $10 a month. Self- Employed QB is only $5.

When you’re just starting out and don’t have tons of money to buy every little convenience to help your business then Wave is a free solution!

The downfall is that customer support is via email only. However, other than that you get the basic benefits and ability to send invoices, track expenses, run reports, and view your profits and losses. This is perfect for starting out.

Paypal invoicing is another great place to start for free invoicing. If you already have a PayPal account you will be able to start right away. You can customize templates and send invoices to your clients where they can pay online through Paypal.

            Pros: There are no startup costs, termination fees, or monthly payments.

            Cons: There is a small transaction fee as well as a percentage of the invoice.

If you charge more than $100 you have to wait 21 days to receive payments.

 

Banking

  • YOUR LOCAL BANK OR CREDIT UNION

Check out your local bank for information on how to set up a business account. Most banks will require you to have an EIN number or your social security. Each bank has different requirements. We love our local credit union!

 

Content/ Content Creation

Wham Bam You’re a Handyman has monthly done for you content or buy as you need.

Fresh Title helps you instantly create hundreds of titles and headlines for any content.

Grammarly is a free grammar assistant you can add to your browser. It will give you grammar suggestions and is an excellent free tool.

 

Contract Signing

HelloSign is an easy free online signature tool that allows you to send 3 documents a month. It is completely integrated with Google Apps, so one can sign a contract while never leaving Gmail. This is great for if you plan on having contractors work with you and you need a 1099 from them or other agreements. We very rarely have needed to worry about online signatures so this is not a top priority for us.

DocuSign allows you to send and sign documents online. It runs $10 a month vs. Hellosign which is a free option but has added features that might be relevant to your business.

 

CPA

  • Still looking for a great online CPA

 

Email/ Marketing/ Newsletters

  • BOOMERANG FOR GMAIL

Boomerang allows you to schedule emails and let you schedule to view them later. You set the time you want to see it, and it will appear in your inbox at that time.

MailChimp is wonderful when your just starting out. It allows you to create and track campaigns, automate emails and keep track of subscribers and is free up to 2,000 subscribers and 10,000 emails per month.

 

Graphic Design Tools

Canva is an easy to use graphic design program that offers free access to design tools that can be used to create images for your website/blog/ social media accounts/business cards and more. With a paid subscription it makes it easier for branding.

  • PICMONKEY

Is a simple photo and design program so you can easily edit and create designs for your business.

We pretty much do everything in Canva especially since Picmonkey started charging so very rarely do we use this anymore but it does have some other benefits such as cropping that we have not figured out how to do in Canva

 

A free HTML color selector to easily generate cohesive brand color palettes or you can create your own color palettes.

This site has some really amazing photo packages in a variety of styles and home service niches, from home improvement to tools.

 

Insurance

  •  NEXT INSURANCE

The fastest and easiest way to get insured. Pay close attention to details because they do not offer everything. But it’s a great place to start. Join the United Handyman Association and get a discount on your insurance.

 

Is there to give your clients a peace of mind about the handyman they are hiring is a trustworthy business by regulating and protecting the handyman industry. By joining the United Handyman Association you have access to benefits and discounts. I suggest checking them out.

 

 

Legal Coverage

Jason and Shelice Millet are great for legal help in forming your LLC.

Amira has some great done for you legal documents to use on your website. Her legal bundle includes Privacy Template, Disclaimer Template, Terms and Conditions, and Independent Contractor Template. This will save you tons of time and ensure that you are protected.

 

Networking

Meetup.com is the world’s largest network of local groups, that individuals can organize events in their community for like-minded people.  Check out your local Meetup of entrepreneurs and small business owners, or homeowners, real estate brokers or any group you might be able to find clients or collaborate with others. If you want to become known as an authority of something in your niche start your own group. Meetup truly is a great place to start making connections.

 

Marketing

For business cards, shirts, hats, signage, truck magnets and more.

 

 

Outsourcing

Online freelancing source. You can use them for:

    • Video editing
    • Music writing for video
    • SEO
    • Virtual Assistant
    • Write your business plan
    • Social media managing
    • Almost anything for online work can be hired out on Fiverr

 

Podcasting

Start your own podcast with free and unlimited hosting on Anchor. This platform makes it easy and affordable to talk about what you love.

Site Security

If your site has ever been hacked or is currently hacked, you know how devastating this can be, Sucuri is who to contact. They will get your site cleaned up.

Social Scheduling

Hootsuite is a social media scheduling platform. It can simplify the process of posting on multiple social media sites. You can schedule posts  in advance. Follow other social media accounts and reply. The plus is you won’t have to login to each social media account to respond you can do it straight from Hootsuite. Hootsuite also allows you to see how many posts you’ve made, track your follower counts, and what is getting the most engagement.

 

Stock Photography

  • WHAM BAM HANDYMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

We’ve been there feeling frustrated with finishing a job and forgetting photos, can’t find the right angle, or searching millions of photos for the right one. Our mission with WBHM stock photography is to simplify your life by bringing specialized photos for your field.

Video

If you will be doing any video editing then Wondershare Filmora is easier to use than other platforms. You can have overlay’s, intro’s, outro’s, as  well as put music in the background and best part it is free.

A great place to post videos. This will also help so you can embed videos on your website instead of uploading them straight to your website which will slow the speed of your website.

 

Website Development

Megan with Geeked Out Media will take good care of all your website needs.

Siteground is a place to purchase your domain and host your site. I used them to buy all of my domains because of the great prices. It is ideal for anyone starting out.

WordPress is the ideal platform, it is what I used to create my website. It is customizable and gives you the option to add many different plugins. With WordPress, you own your site. If you use something like Wix (which I did, to begin with, because it was so easy) you don’t own it. Wix  basically owns your website.

  • ENVATO

Get WordPress themes for your website. Most themes come with a wide range of customization options and support.

Check out our home service providers done-for-you websites or contact our specialist for help designing or maintaining your website.

 

Other Tools

 

What are your favorite tools for running your business?

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