beSmart  

save your receipts for tax deductions

Business Tools

lessons learned....

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Helpful links to grow your business.

With so many choices for programs, software and services, sometimes it's hard just to know where to start. We are often asked for advice so here are just a few suggestions...  

Legal disclaimer, "this is just friendly advice!"   Some of the links have discounts that are exclusive for ITA members and others are Affiliate Links meaning that we make a small commission.   Links either save you money or do not affect your price!

 Start Your Business

Small Business Administration

Get started as an entrepreneur.

The Small Business Administration is a United States Government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small  businesses with step by step guides to plan, launch, grow and manage your business.  In addition to small business services offered to anyone, the SBA also offers additional support for veterans and women owned or minority businesses.  We took advantage of the SBA's local program, "WeVENTURE" to help with our business development plan and marketing.    

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 Manage Your Business

Google Suite

Apps and services for personal and business use.

Google Suite is "an integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps powered by Google AI. Includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more".   There is a free version for personal use and a paid version for businesses.   We used the many programs offered to create and collaborate on documents, purchase our website domain, and continue to use their email platform.   

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Microsoft Office 365 

A full suite of apps and services including MS Word, Excel & Power Point.

 We use Microsoft 365  to create templates for our letterhead and print materials, Excel for our budgeting and PowerPoint to create the framework for our great learning courses!   There are several different pricing models including 365 Home and 365 Business so see which is the best choice for you.   We've also added a link to the Office Tutorials which will help you get started with learning each of the different Office products.  

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Quickbooks 

Personal and business financial management.

We use QuickBooks to run ITA and also for our personal finances.   It has an app for self-employed individuals which allows you to use your phone to easily upload receipts and track your mileage (two deductible expenses!)  QuickBooks also helps calculate your estimated tax liability so you won't be surprised  in April ~ it would be silly to lose out on deductions because you did not keep good records or your receipt ended up in the washing machine.   

We do have a Member Discount to Quickbooks which we included in the link below.   They also have a ton of learning resources that you can use. 

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  Grow Your Business

Wix

Super-easy website builder.

We used WIX to create our ITA website.   WIX lets you create amazing websites from scratch allowing even a complete novice to create stunning pages and promote your business or service.   We guarantee we knew NOTHING about website development when we started and although there are other choices, we found this to be the easiest to use and  the ready made templates provide alot of inspiration!

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Capterra

Find what you need.

Capterra is an online peer review site that aims to help businesses find software solutions for almost every process of a business.  It offers feedback on virtually any type of software solution that you might need for your business.  It was the starting point for many of our choices including our website builder, EMR programs and more.  

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