10 Free Software Tools for Managing Your Online
Are you looking for new ways to improve your ecommerce wholesale product sales without spending any money? One important way to improve your business is to get access to powerful tools and services that can help you with your daily activities. If you are just getting started with your online business or if you are looking with some free options to improve your operations, Inventory Source would like to help offer a few recommended tools and services below for your consideration. These free tools are helpful regardless of the type of online business you run.
1- Browser: Many people use their default browser installed on their machine which might be Internet Explorer, but if you are looking for a good and quick free browser option look at Firefox.
2- Spyware or Antivirus: Everyone working online needs to have a great option for cleaning their browser or PC and avoiding spam or viruses. There are plenty of great paid options like Norton, but do not let cost keep you from protecting your computer. If you are running an online business then keeping a quick running and clean machine is a must. You might only need one, but it never hurts to have two.
Spybot Search & Destroy- http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
3- Office Software: Some people like to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc but you might have an old version or are not able to pay to add these Microsoft products to your computer. This does not mean you cannot take advantage of programs that can easily open and edit these documents and more. If you do not have Microsoft Office, but would like to have the same tools an features, just try an Open Source version called Open Office.
Open Office: http://www.openoffice.org/
4- Email: You might already be using the email application from your hosted website or simply using Yahoo or Gmail for your business emails. If you would like to use a non-web based email utility like Outlook so you can access your emails regardless of if you are online or not, but cannot afford to buy Outlook or Outlook updates, just look at Thunderbird. It is brought to you buy the same team that creates other great applications like Mozilla Firefox.
5- Website Reports: If you would like to learn more about your website traffic or how people find and browse your website. Google has created an excellent analytical and reporting application that can be applied to any website for free. The Inventory Source management team uses this very same utility when evaluating our own website and wholesale dropship support blog.
Google Analytics- http://www.google.com/analytics/
6- Domain Name Creation: If you are just getting started and are trying to create the perfect domain name for your site. You can easily try a simple domain name utility which helps test and combine the key terms you would like to utilize for your website. You can easily check for availability or get suggestions for names and formats from any registrar, but with a few key words this utility is easy and pretty fun to use.
Bust A Name- http://www.bustaname.com/
7- Logo Creation: Now that you have a domain name, even if you are not a great designer you can easily create a quick and well formatted logo for your eBay or Amazon business or wholesale dropship product website. There are many options, but a free and easy to use option with plenty of choices is Cool Text.
Cool Text- http://cooltext.com/
8- Graphic Design: Would you like to make a more complex logo or create great custom banners or graphics to promote your website with advertizements or by installing them on your wholesale dropship product website? Photo Shop is one of the first design programs that might come to mind, but it could be out of your budget for your wholesale dropship ecommerce business. If that is the case and excellent program called Gimp and is used by Inventory Source to help generate many of the graphics and designs that we use for our own website.
9- FTP Utility: Now that you have images or data files, you might want an easy way to upload these files to your website, or download data from your website to your PC. You will need an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) utility. Some shopping cart platforms might have an FTP application in their control panel, but you can easily install a free FTP program directly. Filezilla is one of the most popular and recognized FTP applications, and it is used by many members of the Inventory Source team when checking on your website or helping you to make changes to your shopping cart platform.
10- Desktop Search: Have you ever tried to locate your dropship website shopping cart access email, wholesale supplier account login email, or maybe some dropship product sale invoice? Let’s be honest; you are busy. You will misplace an email or document from time to time, and even with the best organizational efforts you might just want to find that missing document more quickly. Fortunately, you can download a Desktop Search Utility. Just like looking for online information with a search engine, you can add a search function to your local computer that can index your documents and emails and locate the quickly. While there are several desktop search applications that you can download for your business, one top ranked free search utility is Copernic Desktop Search
Inventory Source is committed to helping our members run a successful ecommerce business. We can help you avoid middleman programs like Doba or online scams and get you up and running with real wholesale supplier sources. We can provide you with various custom account tools and features to more easily customize your wholesale dropship product catalogs and also custom feeds for listing your products on more shopping cart platforms and online marketplaces.
There are plenty of ways to use your Inventory Source account to be more successful, but we know that part of your success will be based on the tools and features you have accessible even when you are not directly using your Inventory Source account. We hope you have enjoyed some of these recommended free tools and services, and hope you continue to do well this sales season.