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Coolest Websites and Online Tools 2012

Each year I try to compile a list of my favorite websites and tools to share with friends.

In this post you’ll find a little something for everyone.  It has taken me most of the year to find, discover, research, and gather all the information and links to the sites and online tools below in hopes that you’ll find something useful for you, your business, your fun and enjoyment, or that will simply contribute to your personal success.

Most are FREE, but a couple are “pay-after-trail” if you find them worthy.

Coolest Websites and Online Tools 2013

Coolest Websites 2013

Treater – In a digital world, give friends something that’s real. Send instant treats.

PeekYou – “PeekYou makes people search worth while” – Mashable
YesWare – Email for salespeople. Track email, create templates, CRM sync and more.
TextnDrive – Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while texting.
MainStreetHub – Social Media for your business if you don’t have the time.
DisclosurePolicy – Generate your own disclosure Policy for your websites and blogs.

RightInBox – Schedule emails in Gmail, then track views and clicks.
SocialMediadd – Social media tips, techniques, and marketing ideas for business.
FloorPlanner – The absolute easiest way to create a floorplan with variety.
MouseFlow – Watch how your visitors interact on your sites “LIVE”
JotForm – Jotforms is a FREE online forms builder with 1500+ Templates.

WishBox – Get user feedback and suggestions with annotated screenshots.
MyCountDown – All the countdowns in the world or create your own.
Sched.org – The easy way to manage schedules for Web, Mobile, and Print.
SocialFixer – A great free browser extension that improves the Facebook’s site.
Expensify – Free Business and Personal expense reports that don’t suck!

Zopim – Zopim lets you have live conversations with visitors on your website.
Homestead – Get a website and get found online. Over 2000 templates available.
Wix – Create Free flashy websites. Easy to customize. No coding. Google friendly.
SpicyNodes – A fresh new way to guide visitors on a journey thru your websites.
Zoomerang – Create custom online surveys and polls for your clients and prospects.

Epipheo Studios – Videos revealing truth in a way that changes peoples lives.
RocketLawyer – Create, edit, save, and print Free legal letters online at anytime.
VoxOx – Call, Text, Chat, Fax, Facebook and more. One free place to connect.
Moby – Location sharing that keeps you connected with the people that matter to you.
ImageShack – Easy to use online photo and video media hosting service.

YouTube Playbook – Best tips, practices, and strategies to build audiences on YouTube.
Marvin – Online remodeling planner adding inspiration and organization to your home.
DropBox Plugins – 9 WordPress plugins for DropBox you don’t want to be without.
iPiccy – Free online photo editing tools. Add effects, add text and even paint, then save.
Ribbet – Edit your photos and images online Free quickly and easily all in one place.

Postlets – Free property marketing and listing syndication for agents, owners, & investors.
MailVU – Manage video email. Unleash the power of video with the simplicity of email.
VidToMp3 – Videos are meant to be heard, convert video’s to .mp3 audio files.
PageLever – Facebook Analytics. The Facebook App by which all others will be measured.
Postano – Integrate and aggregate social media into your website and online presence.

Vizify – Create the best of YOU in a free stunning graphical profile bio.  My Sample
ListOfThingsForSale – Great free online tool for garage sales, moving sales and more.
Pixtas – Build Your Mobile App. Requires Chrome Browser or Safari. Here’s Wifey’s
ActiveMail – Turn your email inbox into a productive interactive workspace.
ThisLife – The ultimate place to share your life journey of photos and videos. Example

Groovideo – Create original multi-user birthday video greetings for family and friends.
Pulse.Me – Transform your favorite websites into a colorful and interactive mosaic.
MegaCloud – Very much like DropBox and Box.com, but MEGA and on steroids.
Moat – Search by brand for any and all ads. Try searching your company… amazing.
RedBeacon – Get free bids and Find qualified local handyman for home improvements.

BottleNose – The best trending and newest way to search the web for relative content.
HoodPoints – Find where to live? Crime, Schools, Lost Pets etc, search any location or City.
SoundGecko – Listen to any article and RSS feeds while on the go and mobile.
TableAU – Take dull boring lifeless data and bring it to life. Brilliant~
PhotoCollage – Photo collages, free templates, calendars, flyers, family trees and more.

RelayRides – Rents cars from people from within your community and nationwide.
RoadTrippers – Plan and route your trip, discover America, and create a bucket list.
SeeClickFix – Report local non-emergencies, neighborhood issues, and get them fixed!
MindTools – A full suite of management tools. The toolkit every business professional needs.
Gallery – Just for fun, an unprecedented Google Gallery of amazing 3D worlds and views.

Rizzoma – Communicate and collaborate in real-time online for free.
Swivi – Hardware that can turn your IOS device into your own personal cameraman.
InkScape – An Open Source vector graphics editor,  similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw.
Gimp – Free Image Manipulation Program. Photo retouching, image composition and more.
Skitch – Annotate, edit and share your screenshots and images easily and quickly.

Audicity – Free open source cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
VBoss – Tool to stream live and On-Demand video and media over the Internet.
SuperFly – This is “Flight Search” reinvented and personalized for the flying traveler.
Linksy – Linksy guides your supporters and fans to share your message on social sites.
SnapJoy – Every photo you’ve ever taken, reunited and brought together in one spot.

PhotoSynth – An amazing 3D Panoramic site and app for online interactive photos.
KickStarter – An awesome funding platform for creative projects like yours.
Patch – Get patched in to any local neighborhood or create and run one yourself.
Stay – Create and build your travel guide online than access via mobile device.

See, there’s definitely something here for everyone!! 🙂

I had originally intended to blog about each of these sites and tools individually, but lost the argument with myself.  Father time just won’t permit it.  So I decided that having them all in a single location would be easier for me to find later, and probably more appreciated and useful to friends and viewers.  Thanks and Enjoy!

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Free Webtools & Software for Business

Free Webtools and Software Discovery

There are so many great sites and tools available on the web for your small to medium sized business.

I’ve researched this in great detail for many years and continue to be amazed at some of the products, tools, and services you can access absolutely free from the Internet.  From accounting to project management, here are some options that will allow you to run your business effectively on a limited budget.

Google Gmail Apps For Business

Did you know there is a business version of Gmail? You can have up to 10 free user accounts before you have to begin paying for additional accounts.  Business Gmail allows you to setup your email address(s) using your website name. There is absolutely nothing you need to download in order to begin using Gmail.  Your Google account will also give you access to several great apps, such as Google Documents, Calendars, and Groups.

Also See:  50 Google Tools for Your Business…

WaveAccounting Software

WaveAccounting is an online accounting software for small businesses. It has a very user friendly interface and is designed for the small business owner who has little or no accounting skills. One great feature is that you can import your bank and credit card information and the program supports nearly 10,000 financial institutions.  It’s no Quickbooks, but Wave Accounting can handle the needs of most small businesses and it’s free.

Orange Human Resource Management Software

OrangeHRM is a free human resource solution. It’s easy to download onto your computer, and there are video tutorials to help you all through the processes. The software is available for Windows and Linux systems and should also work on the Mac.  For MAC OS, you’ll need to setup the AMP stack correctly.   The software is easy to navigate, and setting up your employee information is also a cinch.  You will also have the option to import/export your data for sharing or backup purposes. There are many great features and reporting capabilities you’re sure to use and find beneficial.

IDrive Online Backup Software

IDrive Online Backup Software gives you up to 5 GB of free space to back up your data online.  The software runs on Windows and Mac OS, and it’s quick and easy to download.  IDrive has a simple user interface making setup and usage a breeze. You can set up your backup on a timed schedule, or manually select a preferred date and time.  Some of the Features include the following: scheduled backups, a search function, a timeline restore, mobile device access, secured file sharing and more.  It’s currently compatible with iPhone and Android.  In the event you need more space, you can upgrade to the paid service.  Your employees can also download and set up their own online backup with up to 5 GigaBytes of free online storage space.

OpenOffice.org Office Software

OpenOffice.org is a super alternative to Microsoft Office.  It runs on both Windows and Mac operating systems.  Just like Microsoft office, OpenOffice includes a word processor, spreadsheets, presentations creator, and drawing features.  The user-interface is very similar to Microsoft Office, and it’s easy to learn and utilize.  I have found that OpenOffice will not only save you a ton of cash, but at the end of the day, the simplicity and quality of the end product is sufficient and very cost effective.

TeamLab Project Management Software

TeamLab Project Management software is a great project management option for any small business.  Like the others sites mentioned here, it is available for both Windows and Mac. It’s very intuitive and super easy to navigate. You can import data, create projects, build teams, set milestones, and generate great looking reports.  Included is a business collaboration feature that includes assigning tasks, tracking projects and generating reports.  Create blog and forum posts, share photos, bookmarks etc. The software provides you with up to 10 GB of space and limits you to 10 MG file size uploads. If you need more, you can always upgrade to the paid version.

MailChimp Email Marketing Software

MailChimp offers free email marketing software options that work great for your small business. The free option is limited to 2,000 contacts and up to 12,000 emails per month, but that’s plenty for any small business to get started using and incorporating email marketing and campaigns.  Everything with MailChimp is done online.  No software, no downloads, no installations, just create an account on their website and go.  You can import existing contacts from Excel, Salesforce, and Outlook CSV files. MailChimp also allows you to incorporate social media integrating with sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  The reporting module works with Google Analytics so you can track readers and the traffic coming from your email campaigns. MailChimp is even available for the mobile devices and smartphone users.

Yola Website Builder Software

Yola is a free website builder that provides an easy-to-use platform for design and creation. Setting up your website will be very quick and simple. Yola provides over 100 professional website template designs and lets you publish up to 5 websites using their on-screen guidance guide.  The free version does not let you select your own domain name, but you can host your website using a sub-domain of Yola. Should you decide to self-host at a later time, the option to do so is provided.  Yola allows you 1 GB of file space on their server which is normally sufficient with any start-up business.

ClickBook Appointment Scheduler

ClickBook Appointment Scheduler is a scheduling tool for business owners.  Works great for dentists or doctors, therapists, hair stylists, and spa/beauty salon owners.  ClickBook has may great features.  There’s a customer database, smart scheduling, repeat appointments and more.  It will work on Windows and Mac OS and there’s no downloads or installations required.  You can import your address books from AOL, Yahoo, Outlook, and Gmail, and other email platforms.  The free version won’t allow you to automatically send appointment reminders, you must do that manually.  Another limitation will be that you can only book three months of customers at any given time.

inDinero Financial Management Software

inDinero is the easiest way for your business to track their finances.  It’s a great, easy-to-use free online financial management application. inDinero will help you manage the financial side of your business using a combination of manual financial  data entry and automatic data importing from your bank statements and credit cards.  It works on both Window and Mac.  Some of the really cool features include a dashboard showing incoming and outgoing dollars, (P&L) profits and losses, and your cash balances from previous months. There’s a budget tab that lets you view your budget which can be broken down into categories allowing you to see each transaction.  You can instantly generate reports, remove data entry, and categorize ALL your transactions. If creating custom categories and storing more than 3 months worth of transactions is needed, you can always upgrade to the paid version.