Keeping a business up to speed with current and emerging technology can be critical to business success. But for small businesses and most startups, keeping up may mean further depleting cash reserves that may already be lacking to begin with. Good thing there are niche sites like the three below to provide free and low-cost alternatives to costly technology and/or services:
Believe it or not, naming a product or service isn’t always as easy as it seems to be. It entails planning and strategizing. Why? In a marketplace saturated with hundreds of thousands of products and services, a customer has so much to choose from that a new entrant should have a resonating brand presence to catch this customer’s discerning eye. Branding agencies definitely can help in this arena, but the problem with them, their services command too high a price.
PickyDomains.com is an online naming service that uses crowdsourcing to come up with appropriate, unique, easy-to-pronounce and catchy names, slogans and domains for individuals and businesses. The first of its kind, PickyDomains has been operating since 2007 and now has a steady base of 50,000 registered contributors from diverse cultures and backgrounds. To start availing of the service, all you need is become a client by registering with the site, pay $50 for a domain or name (or $75 for a slogan) and describe your naming criteria. If none of the hundreds, if not thousands, of naming recommendations you receive meets your needs, you’re free to ask for your money back.
For a whole host of reasons, a lot of businesses today entail constant travel. Thanks to the emergence of low-cost airlines and online ticketing sites, businesses can now cut down on travel expenses. The trade-off, however, they would have to literally hop from one site to another to find the most suitable airfare promos for their travel needs. This tedious process came on the heels of very intense competition in the airline industry, prompting most airlines to confine their best deals into their own sites to ensure competitors aren’t likely to take their customers away.
JetRadar.com is a metasearch engine that meticulously combs through hundreds of flight and travel sites and 728 individual airline sites for the best airfare promos, and makes the data accessible in one place. These deals normally can only be availed if directly purchased via the airlines’ corporate sites. Not only does JetRadar ensures every customer gets the most value for his money, it also greatly reduces the time and effort he would have to use up to find the cheapest airfare deal.
Productivity, for a business owner, is an essential element of business success. This is why the implementation of tools that promote and/or enhance efficiency in the workplace is on the rise. CRMs and intranets are fostering collaboration and transparent communication in companies like never before. But the downside to these tools, they can cost way more than a small businessman is likely to afford.
Bitrix24.com is a cloud-based social enterprise solution that’s free for small businesses with a total of 12 employees. Bitrix24 aggregates several different work tools in a single application – CRM for transaction tracking and monitoring, live streaming, social intranet, workforce management, file and document sharing, calendar and activity planning, to name just a few, essentially your all-in-one work station. As it is cloud-based, there’s no need to install anything and it can be accessed anywhere and anytime through a web-based browser or a smartphone, allowing you the flexibility of a mobile work station. For companies with more employees, an upgrade to accommodate an unlimited number of users is priced at $99 per month.