The only thing better than getting something for free is when that something helps you save money at the same time. With all the new technologies, businesses and services cropping up, it can be hard to navigate the best ways to save money. Here are 10 mon-ey-saving services and apps you should have on your radar.
Mint is a great finance app that manages bills, creates budgets and tracks financing. Though it's typically used for personal finances, encourage your employees to give it a try. The app can teach them be more aware of their assets, which in turn can help eve-ryone save money.
Group purchasing organizations have been around for years, but they've mostly been in niche industries like healthcare. I recently began working with UNA, a group purchasing organization for industries where GPOs had previously been absent. Using this group buying power can help smaller companies save money on shipping, mobile services and other company expenses.
Before I buy anything, whether it's personal or business-related, I check RetailMeNot, and I encourage my employees to do the same. It's unbelievable how many promotional codes are available to help you save money, and it takes only a minute to check.
Similar to RetailMeNot, DealsPlus lets you check prices and coupons before you buy. Many times, you'll find a promotional code or offer you can enter before a purchase to trim costs.
Social media has become a must for successful businesses, but hiring firms and some of the software programs can get pretty expensive. Likeable is a free social media mar-keting service targeted toward small businesses that can help automate your social me-dia processes, which can save you a lot of time (and money).
You may have seen BrandYourself's CEO turn down $2 million on "Shark Tank," but it's a fast-growing company that offers a free product to improve your Google results when people are searching for you. Even better, it spares you from the headache and cost of dealing with negative search results.
Expensify is handy for salespeople or those who travel a lot. It takes care of document-ing receipts, tracking travel expenses and a variety of other expense tracking all on one platform to make your life a little easier.
Some business owners shy away from this vacation and home rental site because they think of sharing a room with others. In reality, the service can save you a ton of money. You can rent a large property or house for a company retreat. And when you attend conferences like SXSW or CES, check out Airbnb before booking a room at a pricey resort or hotel.
Yes, that's right. Facebook. It's not just a place to find pictures of your friend's new baby or read heated arguments about politics. It can also be a valuable tool to gather money-saving recommendations from your community of friends, family and colleagues. Next time you're looking for a product or service, ask your Facebook friends for their thoughts and opinions.
LinkedIn encourages you to be more professional in your searches, and you can use it to poll your connections about their thoughts. Updating your status or posting in a group about recommendations for a good web developer, for example, can save you precious time and money.
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