Running a business online has a lot of perks, one of them being that you can often do it without a lot of pricey overhead.  However, there are still some expenses involved, so it’s nice when you come across free tools that make running your business just a little bit easier.

Here are three of my favorites, all of which I use on a regular basis and recommend you explore as well.

Audacity: I often use audio in my business, whether it be to interview others, to hold teleseminars or to upload a quick greeting to a sales page on my website.  Many times the audio I’ve recorded needs to be edited—nothing fancy, but perhaps I want to add on a quick intro or cut out some of the chit chat at the beginning of a teleclass recording.  This tool makes it so easy, and while most of the time I use it for very simple tasks, if you take time to explore it you’ll find it can do a lot of very cool things.

Evernote: Evernote works by connecting all the computers and phones you use, giving you the ability to capture something in one place and then access it from another.  I use it on my MacBook, my iPhone and my husband’s PC to store notes, to-do lists, and important links.  You can even use it to capture screenshots, photos and audio and then organize it all and find it quickly via keywords, titles and tags.  I use a lot of different apps on my phone, but this one has now become one of my favorites.

Dropbox: Dropbox is a web-based file-sharing service that allows users to store and share files and folders across the web.  A free account gets you a decent 2G of space and it can be used across a variety of different desktop and mobile operating systems.  I like it best for sharing larger files with others and for quickly transferring video files from the PC to my laptop.

Although this is just a tiny sampling of the many no-cost tools that are out there to help make running your business just a little bit smoother, they are three of the ones that I use most often—and find the most useful.

Check them out and see if they don’t save you time, effort and headaches too.  (Who wouldn’t want that?)

Do you have any cool tools you want to share?  Let us know in the comments!

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