Maintaining an efficient workplace while keeping overhead costs to a minimum is a goal most companies strive to attain. Some win by a landslide, and some struggle in the most excruciating way. The difference? Cost-effective services that get the job done. Here are three of these services:
Branding means a lot for a business. The same goes for the name an owner chooses to call his business, product or service. With the multitude of similar products and services swamping the marketplace nowadays, a new business has to be differentiated to resonate with consumers. Branding agencies are there to help you with this, but if you're just starting out and still attempting to kick your business off the ground, chances are you won't be able to afford the cost of their services - up to thousands of dollars.
PickyDomains.com, a naming service that's been in business since 2007, is a crowdsourcing platform that, to date, has over 50,000 registered contributors from all around the globe. To start receiving suggestions from this diverse pool of individuals, simply register with PickyDomains as a client, pay an upfront fee of $50 for a name/domain or $75 for a slogan, and submit a list of your naming needs. If none of the naming recommendations you receive satisfies your described guidelines, you get a refund.
Workplace efficiency is the fiber that keeps a business running smoothly. If your business still employs outdated technology such as MS Excel and Access to help you with the most basic tasks, chances are you're not doing yourself a favor. Cloud-based services have been revolutionizing the way back-office functions are done nowadays, and if you're thinking cloud-based is a little too pricey for a startupper like yourself, you probably aren't thinking hard enough.
Bitrix24.com is a social enterprise solution that's absolutely free for companies with a maximum of 12 employees. Bitrix24 replaces most, if not all, of your disparate work tools and combines them in a single platform - CRM for sales and other transactions, workforce management, document and file sharing, intranet, real-time streaming, activity planner, calendar, to name just a few. Being cloud-based, it requires no installation and can be accessed anywhere via a browser or your mobile phone. An upgrade to unlimited users is $99 a month.
In a lot of cases, travel and business go side by side. With the arrival of low-cost airlines and online ticketing sites, air travel has become more affordable as well. Unfortunately, with this innovation is the intense competition among carriers that a lot of them have been forced to leave the business for good, prompting those that are still afloat to keep their promotional offers to themselves instead of pitching them to comparison sites where their competitors can easily snatch away their potential sales. As a result, customers would have to go from one site to another to search and compare airfare deals and single out the offer that works best for their travel requirements.
JetRadar.com is a metasearch engine that methodically searches through 700+ individual airlines and hundreds of online flight and ticketing agencies for the cheapest airfare deals available and makes them publicly accessible in a single location, cutting down on the time and energy needed to find the best possible airfare.