Small business tools and free trials that you shouldn't be without

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Business & Corporate

Last updated: 23 January 2020, 12:49 GMT

Launching and running a business is not an easy task! Every penny counts when starting out in business so we have put together our favourite tools and free trials to give you the edge in your small business.

The tools and free trials we are going to feature are: 

  1. Canva
  2. Revolut
  3. Xero
  4. Adwords

Canva 

You don’t need to hire a graphic designer to have presentable banners, flyers, business cards or Instagram posts. Canva has revolutionised design for small businesses and freelancers. Say goodbye to expensive photo editing software and and a design course to create something that looks respectable!

Canva has a free tier and you can also take a 1 month free trial of their premium version. You do not need to upgrade to create amazing images though! If you want to consider the free 1 month Canva Pro trial then the key benefits are:

  • Create a brand identify to save time on adding colours and logos to each design
  • One-click resizing of your designs
  • 60K free templates
  • 4+ million free pictures and icons to use
  • Upload your own font if you have one for the brand
  • Access to custom template

When you go to canva.com, you can select the type of design you are looking to make. This will give you the appropriate template options, including sizes for different social media platforms.

It couldn’t be easier to get started, regardless of how you rate your creative skills! 

Revolut

Business banking used to be complicated and expensive. Those days are over! There are a whole bunch of business banking options out there to choose from but, for us, one stands out.

Revolut takes a matter of minutes to apply for and the card will be in your hand in a matter of days. No long forms, interviews or bank visits need to take place when you could be spending that time growing your business.

The app-driven bank account will give you all the functionality you need as a small business and can scale with you. As this is a list of free tools and trials, it’s important to add that the basic plan with Revolut is completely free! When you want to add on additional cards, bulk payment, perks and more then charges kick-in.

As a small business, you don’t need these features on day 1 so you can save money on banking facilities!

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Xero

You’ve got a bank account but need to keep on top of your accountancy. Save yourself hours of admin and expensive mistakes with a solid accounting package. Time is money and the right software will save you both! 

Xero is recognised as a leading SaaS (software-as-a-service) software package to help you manage the accounting within your small business. You can connect your Xero (and many other) bank accounts to make reconciling transactions as easy as possible. Accounting is never fun so at least make it easy!

With everything from invoicing to forecasting, Xero has it all. You can spend a whole month working out whether it is the platform for you with their free 1 month trial. Isn’t for you? Cancel and try something else!

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Adwords

Growing your business is vital to survival (and success) and who wouldn’t want to add an additional customer stream? There are endless marketing opportunities but your budget only goes so far!

Google wants you to become familiar with their ad products and so give you an incentive to try them out. If you sign up to Google Ads tips and promotions then you will be sent a £75 voucher to use on an Adwords campaign.

In case you haven’t used them before, Adwords campaigns are a way of getting your website in the top sponsored links in a Google search result for relevant terms to your business.

Sign up to get your free £75 credit and start learning about the potential of Adwords!

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Whenever you are looking to buy software or a service for your small business, it is worth Googling the service/software name + “free” and see what comes up. You might just be surprised!

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