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5 Online Tools Aussie Businesses Shouldn’t Live Without

The internet and new technology aren’t just opening doors for small business, they’re kicking them wide open. And many online tools have provided a platform for many businesses to stand eye-to-eye with the industry big boys.

Below we’ve highlighted the top online tools that are helping Australian businesses grow and compete with big business:

1. Xero Accounting Software

Chances are, many of you are already running your business through Xero. Boasting over 1 million subscribed businesses, you’d be hard-pressed not bump into a user. For those unfamiliar with the product, Xero is a web-based accounting service based out of New Zealand.

With an array of robust accounting features, Xero allows Aussie businesses to manage cash flows, transactions & account details from any location. Bank transactions are automatically imported and coded. And online bill integration ensures that you are on top of your spending – leading to stronger relationships with vendors.

This is only scratching the service of how this software benefits your business.

Click here to learn more and get started with a free 30-day trial. Your accounts will thank you for it.

2. Slack

If you head on over to the Slack home page, you’ll see that this is “where work happens”. And they aren’t wrong. Slack is an online communication and collaboration tool for teams and businesses.

As of 2018, 8 million users across 500k organisations currently use Slack to connect their teams, unify their systems, and drive their business forward. For these organisations, Slack is more than just an online chat portal. Check out the product and set up your free account here. It’s time to simplify your communication.

3. Canva

Designing great content is hard. Especially when you have no training or experience in Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign. Canva might just be your solution to design.

The home-grown startup simplifies graphic design by supplying users with a library of over 1 million stock images and templates to get you started. The platform consists of an easy-to-use drag & drop design tool giving businesses the chance to design amazing, professional content for their print media, social media and anything else your creative mind can find a use.

The best part of the web-based service? It’s free to use with paid options to unlock more incredible features if needed.

Swing past Canva and start creating engaging content for your business!

4. LastPass

Do you use the same password for every login? Well, you might be putting yourself and your business at risk. Your password is your first line of defence when it comes to protecting yourself online. So, it’s important to make sure that all your passwords are strong but also unique.

Yes, it sounds like an awful lot of work to create and remember all those passwords. And it is. The good news is that with password management tool, LastPass, you don’t have to suffer through that all that hard work.

LastPass helps users create unique logins for their online services and stores them in an encrypted folder. The addition the LastPass app also streamlines the login process by securely auto-filling your details on saved sites and applications.

This is a paid service with users able to secure their passwords for as little as $2.00/month.
We recommend using their free trial to see how easy it is to secure your logins today.

5. Trello

A favourite for this article author, Trello is a task and project management tool for solo users and teams. Purchased buy Aussie tech giant Atlassian in 2017, Trello provides users with the ability to create various board and cards for each task on the to-do list. As well as set due dates, add notes/comments and assign tasks to specific team members.

In short, the service makes structuring and managing tasks as simple as possible. Free for individuals and small teams, the service does offer several paid plans for businesses who need a service that grows as they do.

Get on top of your task management for free here.

6. [Bonus] RushFiles

Yes, I know. The article header says 5 online tools… But it would be a crime against small business owners to complete this article without mentioning an online tool essential for file management and user collaboration – RushFiles.

RushFiles is an Australian hosted file storage and sharing solution. The service streamlines productivity by allowing staff to share files and documents with users both internal and external to their business. Simplifying file collaboration for Aussie businesses.

The service boasts several key features such as:

  • Access their data from anywhere at any time with seamless collaboration
  • Review previous file history & recover if needed
  • Quickly wipe a user’s device of business data remotely
  • Generate private encryption keys to further secure your data

Plus more that you can learn more about by clicking here.

Simplify your file sharing today with a free trial of RushFiles.

Have questions? Give us a call to discuss on (02) 8916 2100 or start a live chat.


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PS. Cloud-based tools are a fantastic way to help grow your business. Cloud-based backup is the best way to protect all your hard work. Hit the link below to learn more about backing up your business and how we can help protect your data.

Click here to view a guide on backing up your business in 2018.


By Ben Paterson

Ben currently looks after the marketing and content for OzHosting, helping small businesses easily create, manage and grow their endeavours online using OzHosting tools and products. He's passionate about entrepreneurship, meaningful user experiences, and Australia's small businesses.
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