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If you are thinking of becoming a sole proprietor or have already made that leap, you know that there is a lot to manage in a single company. Instead of overwhelming yourself, stay healthy and achieve your goals using the best tools online. You can make every part of your solo business easier and more enjoyable even if you don’t have a big budget.
Whether it’s a web-based program, desktop software, or mobile app, most tools offer free trials that you can use to do a thorough review. Consider the following based on the skills you want to improve, your business needs and goals.
A grammar tool is high on this list as the way you communicate says a lot about you. Grammarly is a digital proofreader that will make you look more professional.
Install grammar as a browser add-on on your devices. Then watch how spelling and grammatical errors are detected in your emails, text messages, social media posts, and wherever you communicate online. It integrates with various applications like Gmail, Google Docs, and Slack. Grammar also has a simple control panel where you can create and save a document, or copy and paste content to check for mistakes. If you’re like me, you might be surprised at how many grammar typos you need to correct. And if you make a grammatical mistake, you’ll even learn why you are wrong.
The free version of Grammarly checks basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The premium version costs around $ 11 per month and will check your tone, legibility, vocabulary variety, and more. There is a business plan that supports up to 149 users for $ 12.50 per month per user.
Another way to improve your writing skills is to take a LinkedIn learning course, such as Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. In less than an hour, Mignon Fogarty, author and host of the Grammar Girl podcast, brings you her top tips.
There are over 16,000 courses on LinkedIn, an amazing range of options to cover just about every business skill you need as an entrepreneur. The lessons are held in seven languages by experts with practical experience. You can access the courses with a free 30-day trial and continue studying for $ 29.99 per month or $ 19.99 per month with an annual plan.
If you’re interested in a new career in real estate, Aceable.com’s online school makes it easier than ever. In many states, you can use the AceableAgent app to purchase your real estate license and complete training.
When you acquire a license, you are qualified for a variety of freelance jobs including:
Earn commissions as a household or commercial agent.
Become a real estate agent.
Work as a property manager.
Become a leasing agent.
Invest in real estate at a discount.
Some real estate-related areas such as mortgage loan, home valuation, and inspection will require a different license or training (requirements vary by state as well). However, a real estate license can give you an advantage if you have a deep understanding of how the industry works.
The cost of an AceableAgent licensing course can range from $ 199 to approximately $ 425, depending on the state. An advanced training course to renew your license costs approximately $ 30.
If you’re looking for free online courses from top universities and leading companies like Stanford, Dartmouth, and Google, visit Class Central. Whether you want to understand machine learning, master Excel, or become a better speaker, you can find it on this educational search engine.
One of the most effective ways to increase productivity and business success is to delegate or outsource tasks that others can easily do. Consider using Upwork to connect and work with a wide network of contractors.
With Upwork, you can find and hire people or teams of professionals for a variety of tasks, including accounting, customer service, design, marketing and web development. You can choose contractors based on many factors, including your ratings, hourly rate, and level of experience.
If your business doesn’t need all of QuickBooks’ features, check out FreshBooks. It’s an easy-to-use cloud-based solution that aggregates transactions from your financial accounts for categorization.
The strength of FreshBooks is the ability to create attractive and personalized invoices and proposals. You can generate reports, keep track of time and get paid in a sleek dashboard.
FreshBooks pricing is based on the number of customers you need to track. For $ 15 per month, the Lite plan allows you to bill up to 5 customers. If you upgrade to the Plus plan for $ 25 per month, you can track up to 50 customers. The premium version allows up to 500 customers for $ 50 per month.
If you need to track your vehicle’s commercial mileage, MileIQ will revolutionize the way you keep up with them. Once you’ve installed the app on your phone and taken it with you, it will use GPS to automatically record your mileage. MileIQ will then ask you to categorize each trip as personal or business.
Try the free version of MileIQ, which records up to 40 trips per month. Or upgrade to the premium version for $ 5.99 per month for unlimited tracking. They integrate with other expense tracking programs such as QuickBooks, FreshBooks and Concur.
With any or all of the above, you don’t have to feel like you are flying alone.