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The Best Small Business Resources: Hiring and Financial Management Tools

Hiring and Financial Management Tools

In this series about the best small business resources, we will share how the great tools of today make it easier to grow your business and stay productive, organized and efficient. Check out this list of 6 hiring and financial management tools for small businesses.

The Top Hiring Tools

Bullhorn Reach

What it does: Bullhorn Reach is a recruiting platform that allows you to leverage the power of your social media communities to find and recruit top talent for your business. You can broadcast your open jobs to your social media communities and create engaging job listings.

Cost: Starts out with free plans, and moves to $59 a month and higher for more complex recruiting packages.


What it does: Plum is a cloud-based hiring solution that describes itself as “Moneyball for Hiring” because it helps small businesses find, sort, and hire the right people while saving money and reducing time spent on reading resumes, interviewing, and training. Plum helps improve the efficiency of your hiring process by conducting rigorous tests on each job applicant’s problem solving skills and personality traits. The test results reveal which candidates have the most potential to succeed and prospective hires are placed in positions accordingly.

Cost: Sign up for a free demo and get more information about pricing by talking with a Plum Success Manager. 

Financial Management Tools for Small Businesses


What it does: Expensify makes it easy to track business expenses and create expense reports. You can connect your business credit card or debit card to Expensify for automatic tracking of relevant expenses, or you can take photos of your business expense receipts and the app will automatically identify and sort the necessary information. Expensify gets your business prepared for tax time and makes it easier to maximize your business expense tax deductions.

Cost: Free for individuals; team and corporate users pay $5 to $9 per account. Expensify is also capable of candidate reimbursement for companies that need to reimburse candidates for interview expenses, such as traveling to/from a job interview.


What it does: FreshBooks is a cloud-based accounting software that allows you to send invoices via email and “snail mail.” All invoices are tracked, so you can easily monitor late payments and avoid unpaid bills. According to a FreshBooks survey, FreshBooks’ customers get paid five days faster than before they started using this tool, and on average, FreshBooks’ customers double their revenue in the first 24 months.

Cost: FreshBooks offers a free trial. Once the free trial expires, you can continue using FreshBooks for free to bill 1 client or upgrade to a paid package. Packages start at $19.95 per month.


What it does: Xero describes its product as “beautiful accounting software” that makes it easier for small businesses to send invoices, issue purchase orders, project cash ow, manage payroll, track expenses, view transactions, and share your business’s financial data with your accountant or financial advisor.

Cost: Xero has a few different plans starting at $9 per month


What it does: One of the most stressful aspects of running a small business is “making payroll.” But actually processing the payroll checks and managing withholding taxes is yet another level of complexity. With ZenPayroll, small businesses now have an easy, elegantly designed tool that takes the stress out of payroll processing. This app serves as a full-service cloud-based payroll provider, with features such as automatic tax calculation, payment and ling, new employee reporting, contractor payments, direct deposit setup, and easy integrations with accounting software. ZenPayroll currently is available in 21 states, with plans to cover all 50 states by the end of 2014.

Cost: ZenPayroll offers a 2-month free trial. The price is $25 per month plus $4 per person for the first ten employees, and $2 per person for every employee beyond the first ten.


Even though we have come a long way since the pre-Internet era, some things related to running a small business have not changed. Utilizing consistent hiring practices and understanding the various aspects related to funding your business are key to ensuring your business continues to remain efficient and profitable.

We have shared 6 hiring and financial management tools to make it quicker and easier for you to accomplish all of your small business objectives. If you are looking for even more resources for your small business, check out this BIG list of small business resources we created and watch your small business thrive.


Kabbage Team

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