Sometimes it’s the small things that add up to make a big difference in your business – an upgrade to your office space, a back-up plan to protect your data, or a tool that makes invoicing easier.

For small businesses focused on keeping expenses low, it can be tough to make big investments. That’s why we put together this list of 20 tools that won’t break the bank (each starting under $15) but that have the potential for big impact.

Spruce Up Your Space

1. The Very Best Broom (And Dust Mop), Starting at $13
All brooms are not created equal. Keep your floors sparkling clean with these picks. Plus, see how much you’ll save when you trade out your Swiffer Sweeper for a dust mop. Hint: it’s a lot.

2. Long Lasting Light Bulbs, Starting at $6.89
Make the switch to LED bulbs for long-term cost savings. They not only last longer but use less energy. This list of the best bulbs will brighten your day.

3. Scuff Marks Be Gone, Starting at $2.99
Give walls, baseboards, and doorframes a once over with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove day-to-day wear and tear. Cheaper than a new coat of paint.

4. New Reading Material, Starting at $6
Freshen up your lobby or waiting area with a new magazine subscription. Poll your customers to find out their favorites.

5. Video Monitoring & Security, Starting at $2.99/month
With ManyThing, turn an old smartphone into a video monitoring camera with motion triggered or continuous recording.

Take Your Business on the Road

6. Easy Mobile Invoicing, Starting at $1.58/month
Create estimates, send invoices, and accept payments on the go with apps like PayPal Invoicing, Invoice2Go or BillDu.

7. Protect Your Car from Spills, Starting at $9
Can’t live without coffee? You’ll want the best travel mug. More of a water person? This water bottle will keep thirst at bay.

8. Cell Phone Car Mount, Starting at $13
Taking calls while on the road may be inevitable, but keeping it handsfree will make it a little bit easier.

9. USB Car Charger, Starting at $10
Being mobile can leave you low on battery. A USB car charger will charge your devices faster than your built-in car port, especially if you’re using GPS apps to get around which tend to drain batteries.

Get Organized

10. Branded Email, Starting at $5/month
G-Suite makes it simple and inexpensive to have a branded email. Plus, it looks more professional.

11. Back-Up Your Data, Starting at $5/month
With CrashPlan, protect your data with continuous (and unlimited) cloud backup ─ hardware failure, natural disaster, theft, and ransomware attacks happen.

12. Accurate Time Tracking, Starting at $9 per user
Toggl puts a timer on your smart phone, any web tool, and your computer for convenient time tracking. Plus, it’s good to know how you’re really spending your time.

13. Store and Share Files Easily, Starting at $12.50 user/month
Create a central workspace for your team on Dropbox where they can easily access and share files.

14. Messaging in One Place, Starting at free
Keep your team connected, communicating, and working together on a messaging platform like Slack. It’s easier to chime in with ideas than hitting Reply All.

Strengthen Marketing and Branding

15. Branded Marketing Materials, Starting at $9.95/month
Edit images, build a brand kit, and create marketing templates with Canva for Work. The result: a consistent brand across your marketing materials.

16. Light Tent for Product Photos, Starting at $13.99
Improve the quality of product photos by shooting them in this collapsible light tent.

17. Effective Email Service, Starting at free
Pick an email service that helps you meet your business goals. BenchMark, MailChimp, and Get Response are easy to customize to your brand. Look for automation, landing pages, webinars, and other features.

18. Learn Something New, Starting at free
Take an online business course to broaden your knowledge. Here’s a list of 101.

Make Room for Fun

19. A Tasty Treat, Starting at $5
Girl Scout Cookies ─ always a crowd pleaser. Use the Cookie Finder to see if they’re on sale near you.

20. The Perfect Playlist, Staring at $10/month
No matter what project you’re tackling, an inspiring playlist on Spotify can boost motivation.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to transform your business. These small things can make a big difference ─ for your team and your customers.

Our mission at Swift Capital is to unleash the potential of every small business by providing them with fair and convenient access to working capital. We harness data and technology alongside personalized human expertise to see the true potential in every business. Did you like this post? Tell us what you’d like to see on our blog. Email us at [email protected]


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