• Little Market Place

Business Chat - 3 FREE Programs beneficial for any business

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

We are breaking down our three favourite programs that we find the most beneficial in the business world. What's the best thing about all these programs? They are FREE!

This is a must read for any startup businesses as these programs will make it quick and convenient to run your business and it won't cost you a cent.

Here's our top picks:

CANVA Canva is a fantastic tool for businesses with With no or limited budget for graphic design. This program is an easy to use drop-and-drag design tool. It can be used for anything from logo design and social media posts, to custom dimension designs and prints. Canva offers standard sizing templates, as well as a custom dimensions feature, meaning you can meet any marketing material specifications.

Canva offers a wide range of free images, graphic templates and text fonts which allow you to create professional quality graphic designs.

You have the option to Upgrade to a premium service, giving you access to thousands of additional free images.


Google Docs is a cloud based software allowing you to live edit any Word document or an Excel spreadsheet. Little Market Place is a two person business which operates from two different home-based offices. This program is essential for our daily operation. It enables us to draft and edit documents in live time. We save all our databases in Google Docs which allows access to the most current version of the document at anytime. Google Docs have also supplied users with some handy templates including budget templates, invoice templates, rosters, project timelines and more! This program is also a great alternative to purchasing Microsoft Office Software, saving you and your business money.

WAVE Wave is a great free invoicing and accounting program which allows you to track your expenses. Wave have created a simple and easy to navigate dashboard, allowing easy access to each software component.

A full list of Wave's free features include:

  • Unlimited invoicing

  • Unlimited estimates

  • Contact management

  • Expense tracking

  • Accounts payable

  • Basic inventory

  • Reports

We find the invoicing component the most beneficial, as it allows us to create professional invoices. These invoices can then be tracked to ensure on-time payments. If the due date is not met, the system will send your payee an automatic overdue email. Once payment has been received, each invoice can be marked as paid and a receipt is automatically sent to your payee.

A crucial element to growing your business is reviewing where your money is best spent. By finding easy to use and free programs to run your business, it allows you to direct your funds into those growth areas. Our final tip is to find what works best for you! Each business model is different, so make sure your software is an easy touch, uncomplicated platform that you and your employees can easily understand.

Thank you for joining us for our first Business Chat! If there is a topic you would like us to explore, comment them below or on our social media platforms and we will get writing!

LMP. x

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