5 tools to help you grow your small business

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The internet is overflowing with brilliant software that can help you grow your business. From timekeeping tools to banking apps, technology is helping SMEs to work faster and smarter. However, with the pace of innovation, it can feel overwhelming if you don’t have a lot of time to research.

To save you the stress of investigating all that’s out there, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are five tools you can use to grow your business.

Xero or QuickBooks

Xero and QuickBooks are built for SMEs. These cloud accounting platforms take the hassle out of finance. It simplifies your accounts so that you are in control of your numbers, rather than on the back foot battling with them.

They cover invoicing, expenses, accounts payable bank and card account feeds and much more. The benefit of moving to the cloud is that it will allow you to work on any device and with any operating system. You can check your info on the go and even issue invoices whilst out in the field.

Receipt Bank

Receipt Bank drastically reduces the time you need to spend on processing your bookkeeping. The service collects your invoices, bills and receipts then extracts the data from them directly and places it seamlessly into your accounts.

Documents can be submitted on the go via smartphone, email or Dropbox, so there’s no reason to ever worry about losing paperwork while out of the office or travelling. You or your staff can submit receipts and expenses the instant you get the paperwork, rather than having to process in bulk at a later date.

Receipt Bank integrates with QuickBooks and Xero it’s no surprise this tool is a huge favourite of accountants and bookkeepers around the world.


Instead of storing all your files on one server or computer, with Dropbox, you put them securely online. It really is a godsend for entrepreneurs who are constantly on the go, use multiple devices to work from or have teams in different locations. It eliminates the cost of physical storage and ends the frustration of trying to send huge files to others via email.

You can sync offline too so files are available when you don’t have a connection. The basic package is free, which is great for a trial run, but when you inevitably want a little more space you’ll find that prices are more than reasonable enough.


Upwork connects businesses with freelancers and agencies from all types of disciplines. It is now the largest service of its type in the world, Upwork is particularly useful when you need to quickly plug a skills gap or have a special project that requires expertise that you don’t have.

Upwork’s database contains everything from graphic designers to help you create a snazzy logo, to web developers to help build your website. You can review each candidate’s profile and rating, chat with them before hiring and, of course, agree your terms.


Launched in 2012, Canva makes graphic design easy and accessible for all, not just the professionals! If you don’t have a huge budget you can use their templates to make your business look professional, on a shoestring.

They offer low-cost monthly subscriptions which amount to less than the price of your favourite coffee. At the time of publishing this blog, more than 50 million designs have been designed with Canva and two new designs are created every second.

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