I’m not even going to write an introductory paragraph, because MailChimp takes precedence. I can’t say enough good about MailChimp. I love all the options I have in their system, and I absolutely enjoy the atmosphere on the website. If you don’t know what I mean, go check them out. The little chimp on the website always has a new comment.
MailChimp is an e-mail marketing service that helps you build your email subscriber database. You can read up on more about what they do here.
Other than the product itself, MailChimp’s pricing model is the best thing about them. It is far different than other e-mail marketing management systems. They offer a plan that fits the budget of any startup- Free. And if you’re like me, you may start up new ventures often, and this is a great solution to minimizing costs without giving up any of the quality. What I love about MailChimp is they were so committed to never charging for this plan that they actually named it “The Forever Free Plan.”
The forever free plan should convert anyone who is thinking about creating an e-mail marketing list into actually doing it. You can send up to 12,000 e-mails per month, collect up to 2000 e-mails, and it is absolutely free. When you are able to max out your plan, you can increase these limits at very competitive pricing.
Make your way on over to MailChimp.com to check it out.
2. Google Voice
I mentioned Google Voice in my post about saving money on your phone bill, but how could I not place it here. Google voice has not only saved me hundreds of dollars, but has made my phone system mobile. Since I work from home, am often on the go, and have an office location I use from time to time, having have a phone that is readily available on any computer is very useful for my business. Here are a couple useful things I find with Google Voice:
-Free inbound calls
-Free inbound calls on my cell phone (by placing the Google Voice number in my Friends and Family – more on that here)
-Free outbound calls
-Free outbound calls from my cell phone (same as above)
-Free text messaging
-Free voicemail transcripts
-Free App that allows me to do everything listed, including making calls from my cell phone.
If you use google voice, share the wealth.
Another value for my business is the locality of my second number (yes I have 2… actually 3). since my properties are in another state, I have a second Google voice number that is local to that city and state. My tenants have no idea I am over 1000 miles away, which avoids a number of issues with difficult tenants and others doing work on my properties.
All in all, its free, so get it.
I feel like a broken record, but I can’t say enough good about Mint.com either. Mint.com allows you to track all your finances in one spot. It gathers all the information you need, and lets you organize your finances in a way that is extremely useful. Tags, categories, and notes create an ideal location to track your individual finances, and business one’s as well.
For me, the biggest value of using Mint.com is how much I have saved on my taxes since I started using it. It has helped me track my business expenses more efficiently, decreasing my overall tax liability. Every dollar counts, right? The use of tags allows me to specify tax related purchases, and make notes about what it was for. This is easily one of the top free services I use online, and their app is every bit as useful. Got check them out at Mint.com