Below are just some of our favourites (and best of all they are all free to use!)
1. Jing: We love Jing! If like us, you constantly need to do a print screen, this will save your sanity. It takes an image of anything you see on your computer screen. You can even make a video with notes and email this to someone if you want to point something specific out. Genius!
2. Google Drive: Gives you the ability to store your documents in the ‘cloud’ and access them from anywhere. Share documents with your team and clients and collaborate using one version of the same file. You need a Google account to access this.
3. Hootsuite: The ultimate social media manager, this is always open on our desktop. Manage all your profiles from one platform. You can schedule your posts and analyse your social media mentions and traffic.
4. Google Analytics: Most of you with a website would be using this already and if you are not you are missing out on some pretty important information. How much traffic is your website getting? Analytics can tell you. Where is that traffic come from? Yep, it’s got that too. It’s easy to use and customisable with great reporting capabilities.
5. Dropbox: Are you still emailing yourself files to save in your inbox or onto your hard drive? There’s no need when you’ve got Dropbox! Store all those important documents, photos and files in the ‘cloud’ and access them from anywhere, even your phone. Similar to Google Drive, this has an unlimited file size limit while Google Drive file size limit is 10GB. Great for when you are out of the office and need access to a document.
6. Google Alerts: A great PR tool. Keep track of any mentions of your business online with emails sent directly to your inbox when Google finds results that match your search terms. You can use it to monitor anything you want on the web – even your own name (because who hasn’t Googled themselves before?)
7. Slideshare: Got a PowerPoint presentation you’d like to share? A slideshow of photos for family and friends? A place to showcase a killer proposal you’ve developed? Slideshare is your friend. It saves the need to send large files and you also have the option to keep your document private.
8. Skype: This needs no introduction. It simply makes contact with clients, friends and family worldwide free and easy.
9. Evernote: Do you still scribble notes down on Post-It's? Are you constantly using the Notepad app on your iPhone? You, dear friend, need Evernote. Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists and record voice reminders. This is an invaluable business tool and another one we use every day.
10. Spotify – Whilst not necessarily a traditional business tool we would argue that it is an office essential. Who doesn’t love a great tune to groove to whilst at work? With access to millions of songs, create your own playlists and shake your tailfeather.
Do you have any to add to this list? What's a business tool that you simply couldn't live without?