No doubt, you've heard about Groupon and may be using several coupons sites on your own. But here is a list of five sites that you've probably never heard about that can save you money (and time) on little niche things, like airtravel or getting business productivity too.
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A popular way to save on airfare is to book a flight with a lowcost carrier. If you’re unsure which ones have the cheapest tickets, you can head on to sites like Expedia, Orbitz and CheapFlights and you just might find what you’re looking for. Problem is, these sites don’t have everything. Individual airline carriers nowadays don’t always advertise their deals with cost comparison websites. For these companies – and understandably so – the idea of losing sales to competitors is not particularly savory.
Enter JetRadar, a cool startup that essentially combs through every travel site, ticketing site and all 728 individual airline sites, and makes results available in one place for public consumption. Basically, what JetRadar hopes to do is become a one-stop portal for everything cheap, cheaper and cheapest in the air fare arena.
Naming any business is not as easy as it might sound, because all the really good and relevant ones are already taken. The same goes for naming a website, given that millions and millions of top-level domains had already been registered to date. And if you’re banking on uniqueness to differentiate your brand, mechanical domain/name generators may just be too mechanical to be unique. Branding agencies, on the other hand, may cost you an arm and a leg.
PickyDomains is a naming/branding service comprised of real people, real thinkers that can provide unique, quality names based on your specifications. All you got to do is register with the site, pay the $50 deposit for a name or domain (slogans cost $75) so suggestions can start rolling in. If you think none of the suggestions fits your branding needs, you simply click the Refund button.
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For every business information is money. Lose imporant information and you are losing money. CRM (customer relationship management) is a tool that effectively keeps tabs of customers, agents, sales, leads and all other transactions. While these two, in theory, sound amazingly advantageous, most small businesses may not be able to afford them because good CRM software costs thousands of dollars.
Bitrix24.com is a CRM + corporate intranet software that is available for free for startups consisting of 12 employees or less. It includes a calendar, real-time activity streaming, planning,photo sharing and other awesome features. For companies bigger than 12 people, subscription is $99 a month.
Imagine a company without a face. Difficult, eh? That is why every company needs a logo. But if you’re not artistically inclined or wouldn’t even dare tinker with Adobe Photoshop to save your life, chances are you’ll be taking the hire-somebody-professional route. Problem with these professionals, they may charge more than you can afford.
Logaster is a site that allows you to create your logo yourself – yes, you – for free. And for just about $5 per month, you get other features like letterheads, business cards, envelopes, etc.
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No matter how cringe-worthy the word “spying” may sound, for most businesses, corporate spying is a way to survive. In this dog-eat-dog marketplace, businesses should know what the competition is up to before they end up losing all of their customers.
And before you go about swallowing the high cost of hiring people to get this particular job done, check out iSpionage, a tool that allows you to “spy” on your peers for just about $59 per month. iSpionage alerts you of competitor ads, campaigns and monitors affiliate activities the moment they are detected. iSpionage also bridges gaps between major search engine results like Google, Yahoo and Bing.