1. Grasshopper: This online phone service allows you to make your cell phone (and those of your employees) into a full service business landline. No matter which cell phone customers call they are directed through your main system, just like the bigger businesses.
2. Kickstarter: Have a great idea but need the dough to back it? You’re not alone. Kickstarter lets you post your budding business idea, and then interested investors can peruse projects and choose which to invest in (maybe even your own!) A great way to “kickstart” grassroots fundraising.
3. ShortStack: Build hype for your brand while developing a loyal following with ShortStack, which lets you customize contest and polling widgets and then publish them on your social media platforms. Use a giveaway to gather more “likes” on Facebook, or a basic poll to get your fans more involved.
4. Cloud computing: The more you can consolidate web services, the better. Check out Google Apps Premier, which lets you store and share documents, create groups, and share a calendar. It’s a great substitute for an exchange server, and will keep your growing team on the same page.
5. Stark Office Suites or Regus: Once your company gets a little larger, you might need actual physical office space. Both Stark Office Space and Regus work to move you into a new office immediately, and you even have the option of a live receptionist to answer calls. The space is rented, so you have greater flexibility in growing or relocating.