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6 Cool Startups That Can Help Your Small Business Grow

October 13th, 2011 ::

TreeAs editor at Tech Cocktail, I get to learn about a lot of really interesting startups, so I thought I’d share six companies that we’ve recently covered that can help your small business grow.

1. Qidiq: For Surveys

If you want to survey your customers, prospective customers, vendors and/or employees, try out Qidiq.  Their platform lets you survey people via email and see the results nearly instantly.

Simply put together your list of questions and send them off via email or text. Your questions can be answered yes/no, with a 5-star rating, or as multiple choice.  No matter which method you use, your respondents can answer with one click and add a comment.  Unlike standard surveys, the question is right in the email.

The best part? You can space out your questions over several days so you are not overwhelming the people on your list.

2. Yesware: For Sales

Want to close more business?  Silly question – of course you do! Yesware is an email productivity service that integrates into Gmail and your mobile phone and provides email analytics, customizable templates and more to help salespeople respond to customers more effectively.

Want to save time?  Yesware also helps reduce data entry into CRMs like SalesForce, Sugar, Zoho, Basecamp, Landslide and others.

3. Ohours: For Office Hours

The founder of Tech Cocktail just tried this out in New York City at the Ace Hotel Lobby Bar, and I actually got to see it in action when I stopped by to say hi.  He loved it so much that I’m going to try it when I am in Chicago, Denver and San Francisco this fall.

Ohours makes scheduling office hours super easy.  Sign up via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and schedule blocks of time that you can tweet or share.  Anyone can sign up to meet with you.

4. OneSky: For Translation

If you want to go global, check out OneSky, which helps streamline the translation of websites and apps by connecting you to translation agencies.  They also have a really cool crowdsourcing option.  You can ask for smoother, more seamless translations, which then get voted on.  If you’d like, you can then use the new text that wins the most votes.

5. Profitably: For Business Planning

If you want to succeed, you need to have a plan, but putting one together, well, it usually takes a backseat to other stuff – like doing what you actually do.  Profitably is a Web-based platform that can help you plan for the future.  You can try out its revenue forecasting and planning features for free, but if you want to really go beyond the basics and include measurement and tracking features, you can sign up for a plan for as low as $33.33 a month.  Not much of an investment for doing something that can ultimately pay huge dividends.

6. Onepager: For Setting Up a Website Fast

If time and budget constraints have stopped you from putting together a website, why not put together a simple landing page?  Onepager is a very easy and simple way to create and maintain a visually appealing website.  Just enter your company name, logo, tagline, content about who you are and what you do, and you’re good to go.  You can customize the page a bit with themes, style and layout options, and also add photos, a newsletter sign up, hours, contact info and social media buttons. I tried it out, and it took me all of 10 minutes.

Onepager is really inexpensive, too: only $10/month for a month-to-month subscription or $8/month if you sign up for a whole year. That price includes hosting and unlimited bandwidth, which is a great deal.

Image by Flickr user joiseyshowaa (Creative Commons)

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