There isn t anyone who works harder than small business owners. Hopefully, the holidays are a time for you to spend at least a little time with the family. However, it is certainly a great time to give your business a wonderful "gift," that thing you've wanted to invest in but haven't had the bandwidth for. Finding the right gift for your business is as simple as investing in something that can make your life easier and your business more successful. We ve put together a list of ten "gifts" that are nearly essential investments for your company going into the new year.

 

 

 

Credit Card Processing
Square
Your small business needs to accept payments to keep running, and the right credit card processor is a necessary first step. Square offers one flat rate for all distractions, meaning your business doesn t have to make calculations with every swipe. There are no fees, and it can be set up in minutes, making sure the business's product is easily available to the masses.

 

 

Web Hosting Arvixe
No small business is complete without a presence online. If your small business hasn t created a website yet, Arvixe is a good place to start. Arvixe allows you to host six different domains on one account, meaning you can start one site and develop others to monetize in the future. It also has all-inclusive hosting plans, meaning less shopping around and more selling.

 

Conference Calling
Conference Calling by Vast Conference
You probably don t have a big office to move into just yet. Conference calling allows you to meet with a large group of people with only a cell phone. Conferencecalling.com provides a simple, straightforward interface that works for instant conferences but also has an operator-assisted option, giving you professional appeal when speaking with clients.

 

Email Marketing Services
iContact
You need to get the word out there on your product or service, and that means creating effective advertising campaigns. iContact doesn t require a degree in marketing or statistics. This email marketing service has a simple interface that helps plan a campaign and analyze the results, making sure the ads are seen.

 

Web Design Software
Weebly
Simply having a website is no longer enough. Customers judge a business s website on dynamic design and ease of use. Your small business owner s presence online is crucial. Weebly has a standard drag-and-drop interface that doesn t require a complete understanding of HTML. This web design software isn t only for hosting and building. Weebly helps with search engine optimization, making your business owner s website easier to find on Google and other search engines.

 

Content Management System Software
ocPortal
Content management system software, or CMS, creates custom sites using source code. This means your small business owner not only has an online presence but has all the tools he or she needs to run it smoothly. ocPortal provides communication with email help forms and accurate analytics with inventory management tools. Small business owners appreciate the affiliate tools, too, which are helpful for selling products through third-party vendors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropship Services Review
Doba
If your small business owner is an expert in his or her field and wants to sell products related to it, dropship services are a must. Without these wholesalers, your small business owner would need to fill your garage with boxes of inventory. Doba offers over 2 million products from a large variety of recognized brands. This means your expert small business owner can share with his or her audience and profit from Doba s easy-to-use interface.

 

eCommerce Software Review
3dcart
Nowadays, customers prefer to shop at home, meaning an online shopping experience is essential for small business owners, even if they have a brick and mortar store. 3dcart offers unlimited storage, meaning they can add inventory without worrying about increasing their costs. Your small business owner can also enjoy this eCommerce software s more than 50 different templates for a customized storefront.

 

Home Computer
Dell XPS
Home computers handle a wide range of tasks your small business owner needs, from building a website to marketing products and services. The Dell XPS isn t made for gaming   it s made for productivity. Your small business owner will get 1TB and 8GB of RAM, meaning flawless marketing calls, quick connections and fast access to files. The Dell XPS comes with 10 USB ports for those small business owners who love gadgets.

 

Online Project Management
Clarizen
Owning a small business means being a jack of all trades, and the right online project management system makes managing all those working parts easy. With Clarizen, your small business owner always knows the status of future projects and is immediately aware of new issues that develop. Customer support is highly important to startups, and Clarizen offers advanced tools for quick, effective reports.

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