Free apps/softwares that are helpful for your business 

Crello  

Crello is the perfect tool for creating graphics and videos online. You can quickly create multiple designs including images for social media, blog banners, blog images, marketing images, ad images, and so many more. Crello has pre-made templates taking away all the hard work and the worry over professional design. It’s easy to use from the first try. 

 Why should I consider using it though?  

Well, because it’s described as the simplest online editor. You can upload photos straight from your phone. It also has a “drag and drop” design tool that easily allows you to drag and drop any part of your design work. It has over 300 free fonts and over 18,000 ready-to-use templates. Crello has a free version or a paid version which is only £7.73 a month. You can create video story updates, ebooks and ads, all of which could be helpful for your painting and decorating business. 

Hootsuite  

Hootsuite is a social media management tool, used for managing social media channels. It helps you to view multiple streams at once and monitor what customers are saying. The pricing depends on the plan you wish to choose, but you are offered a free trial to begin with and from then on, prices start from £25 a month. With Hootsuite you can schedule messages, post updates, read and reply to comments, view likes, comments etc. Many international brands take advantage of this great timesaving approach to social media marketing. 

What are the benefits of using Hootsuite? 

With Hootsuite you can monitor multiple social media platforms in one place. So, there’s no need to switch between multiple tabs individually. You can schedule posts in advance across all your social media platforms which is a great way to time save and manage customer service more efficiently. Making more time for you to concentrate on other things in your painting and decorating business. 

Powered Now 

According to their website, Powered Now is a free app that helps create invoices, quotes, job sheets, certificates & credit notes quickly and easily for trade businesses in the UK. 

Why you should choose to use this? 

This app allows you to invoice and send quotes whilst out and about. Lots of businesses use this already because it allows you to get your life back as everything is in one place. You can manage projects while onsite, send and receive invoices and track work that you have coming up.  There’s no credit card required to join, and you can cancel at any time.  

Pocket PA 

Pocket PA comes highly recommended for sole traders, self-employed people, and painting and decorating businesses. It’s an online app that can be used to organise bookings and manage invoices. 

Benefits of using Pocket PA 

Pocket PA has been described as the easiest place for selfemployed people to manage all their business stuff whilst still on the go. With Pocket PA, you are able to take card payments without the need for a card reader, do one-click invoicing and send out automated SMS appointments. You will also be able to send out appointment reminders, get directions between appointments and manage online bookings with colour coded calendars. It gets you organised which takes some of the stress off managing a selfemployed business, as you’ll never have to worry about the tax man again. 

 

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