The business world is a competition-driven world. Those that stay the course are those that are backed up by tools, online or offline, that keep them relevant, unique and differentiated. Such being the case, wouldn’t it be brilliant if the tools these businesses employ are either free or low-cost instead of the expensive ones that big businesses use nowadays? Consider the following online services:
Competition in the low-cost airline industry has forced many airlines to confine their best airfare promos to their own sites and/or partner third-party sites, instead of the old practice of sending them over to price-comparison sites.
The consumer then would have to scan multiple airline and flight sites to find the best possible airfare deal. JetRadar.com is a meta search engine that systematically combs through more than 700 airline sites and hundreds of flight sites to come up with the cheapest airfare promos, and makes the data available for public use in a single portal.
This drastically cuts down on the energy and time to be expended to find the best possible deal.
Employee empowerment is something a lot of companies are looking into nowadays. This is because they recognize the potential of their manpower, hence, the emergence of tools that help their people become more productive in the workplace like CRMs and social intranets. But the cost of implementing these tools is not something every business can afford, especially the small and up-and-coming ones.
Bitrix24.com is a corporate intranet platform that’s free for small companies with a total of 12 employees. Bitrix24 comes as a bundle aggregating several different work features such as a free CRM, free workforce management tool, free activity streaming, free file sharing, free intranet, free calendar, and so on and so forth. The application is cloud-based and therefore requires no installation, and can be accessed anywhere you are through a smartphone or a computer, making your workspace virtually on-the-go. An upgrade to unlimited users costs just about $99 per month.
The name you choose for your business, product or service can do wonders if you get it right. The right name is the name that resonates with consumers, relevant to the business itself and speaks volumes about the business, product or service. But in this saturated marketplace where thousands and thousands, or perhaps millions, of similar businesses, products and services abound, becoming differentiated can be quite a challenge. Branding agencies can definitely help you find the best name there is, but the cost of their services can be quite steep.
PickyDomains, having been in the naming business since 2007, is a crowdsourcing platform with 50,000+ registered namer contributors from different parts of the globe. To receive suggestions from this large and diverse contributor base, simply register with the site as a client, pay $50 for a domain or name (slogans cost $75), and submit your naming specifications. If none of the suggestions you receive matches your naming criteria, you get your money back.