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10 Smarter, Faster, Cheaper (And Useful) Web Tools For Entrepreneurs

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by David Garland in David's Blog

Alright, time to get our tool on. Umm, that sounded bad. You know what I mean. Here is the thing: the technology available to entrepreneurs like all of us is ridiculous. I mean there is really something for pretty much everything.

And that is good…and bad.

Good in the sense that really any problem you need solving for has some kind of solution (and if not you can make one).

Bad in that there is a lot of choice and it is easy to get caught up in the technology. What separates a shiny red ball from someone useful is function. How does any given tool help you? Does it make you money? Save you time? Make your life easier?

So, here are 10 web tools that are more than cool. They are useful.

1. Tynt

Tynt

What it does: Basically, Tynt allows you to get a link back to your website automatically anytime someone copies, pastes, and shares something of yours. It also has some great data on what is getting copied and how many times.

How much it costs: FREE

Website: Tynt.com

Interview with Founder Derek Ball

2. HootSuite

HootSuite What it does: HootSuite allows you to manage all your social media sites in one place. Plus, there’s all kinds of fun data and metrics to make sure you are maximizing social media.

How much it costs: FREE

Website: HootSuite.com

Interview with CEO Ryan Holmes

3. FeedBlitz

FeedBlitz What it does: FeedBlitz (affiliate link) makes it easy to turn your content into a newsletter…in fact, automatically. I use it for our shows. When people subscribe via email, they receive show updates to their inbox (either daily, or weekly, based on preferences) automatically. I don’t have to lift a finger or create more content!

How much it costs: You can get a 60-day trial on us (affiliate link).

Website: FeedBlitz.com (affiliate link)

Interview with Founder Phil Hollows

4. Gist

GistWhat it does: Need to snapshot of all your friends and contacts? Who has some news you need to know about? Instead of chasing them down on all of your social networks, use Gist as the briefing on all the things you need know about your contacts.

How much it costs: FREE

Website: Gist.com

Interview with Founder T.A. McCann

5. Shoeboxed

ShoeboxedWhat it does: Get rid of all those receipts and business cards collecting dust. Shoeboxed (affiliate link) sends you a pre-paid envelope, digitizes everything for you, and allows you to have a complete contact management system online (search for contacts, etc.). Sweet.

How much it costs: $9.95-$49.95 a month, but try a free trial on us (affiliate link).

Website: Shoeboxed.com (affiliate link)

Interview coming soon.

6. FreshBooks

FreshBooksWhat it does: Accounting? Ugh. Boring. FreshBooks makes it easy to invoice clients, collect payments, track time, and much more. Beautiful.

How much it costs: Try it free, $39.95/month on up depending on preferences

Website: FreshBooks.com

7. KISSinsights

KISSinsightsWhat it does: KISSinsights allows you to survey, in real time, your website viewers with a non-obtrusive, easy to install, use and change survey.

How much it costs: Free options and premium options at $29/month

Website: KISSinsights.com

8. Tungle.me

Tungle.meWhat it does: Tungle solves the annoying problem of sending 39485 emails to schedule something. Now, with an online calendar, you can shoot someone to your Tungle page where they will see your availability and can suggest times that work.

How much it costs: FREE

Website: Tungle.me

Interview with Founder Mark Gingras

9. Basecamp

BasecampWhat it does: Basecamp is dead simple to manage tasks among groups and keep everyone on point (and avoid the situation of sending a million emails, which I’m guilty of). I use it with my VA, Lisa, and it works extremely well.

How much it costs: $24-$149/month

Website: BasecampHQ.com

Interview with 37signals Partner David Heinemeier Hansson

10. Shipwire

Shipwire What it does: Makes shipping a snap for entrepreneurs. You send them your goods. Your customers order online. They take care of the annoying part: shipping.

How much it costs: Free trial, $29.95-$189.95/month, as well as custom plans

Website: Shipwire.com

Interview with Founder Damon Schechter

What about your thoughts? What would you add to the list that makes your entrepreneurial life easier?

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