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Updated by Jackie Harris on Dec 16, 2016
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Cool Tools for SMEs

Cool tools for small business owners.

Website tool: Squarespace

This is my favourite entry level web tool. You can create fantastic, beautiful websites that will really get you noticed. I've tried lots of these systems and this one in my opinion is the best. I've put lots of my Brightspark clients on to it and they all love it. start a new website here

Productivity tool: Evernote

If you were the kind of child that loved playing post offices, then you'll love Evernote. In fact I can't imagine my life without it. It's a great way to organise all your ideas and things you clip from the web. I used to bookmark things and then forget about them. This way everything is easy to find.

Picture tool: Pic Monkey

Super easy way to edit, resize and do some fun things with your pictures. I don't know about you, but I find Photoshop far too complicated to deal with. With this little app I can sort pictures out for social media, my websites and for things I'm doing for my clients. There's a free version and a premium version - but very good value.

Publishing tool: blurb

Blurb provides you with an easy way to create an e-book and self-publish. Step by step instructions, lots of advice and very pretty layouts.

Fun tool: Coffitivity

This sounds very silly. But actually it's rather fun. Coffitivity allows you to have the background noise of a busy coffee shop, or any other kind of ambient noise, right in your very own home office. They claim it's backed by science and helps boost productivity. It's fun, and let's face it, there's only so much BBC Radio 2 a girl can stand, right?

Publishing tool: Slipp

There's a few of these things around for curating your own digital magazine for mobile devices. This one is particularly elegant. Simple to create and perfectly suited for social messaging platforms, Slipp gives you a better way to engage on mobile. I've mot spent a lot of time on it, but I do like it. When I've got more time, I think it's worth really getting into.

Productivty tool: Trello

I uses this to keep my day to day tasks organised. There's squillions of apps that organise your tasks and projects, and I've tried loads of them. I keep coming back to this one. It's easy and works really well across all your computers and devices. Nice bit of drag and drop action too.

Social media tool: Recite

This is a cracking little tool for creating great looking memes for Facebook. Just type in your quote or saying, choose a design and go. You can download it, or automatically post to any of your social media accounts.