I have an extensive history with working from home, being an independent contractor and running my own business from home. So I am often asked how to set up a home office, how to setup online stores and things of that nature. This is a pretty off topic subject from my usual posts here but I came across Apptivo.com a few months ago thanks to my role as a BzzAgent. Even though many of you asked, I held back speaking of Apptivo which I just signed up with in January. I never recommend a service until I’ve used it at least 30 days or more, so here I am 2 months later! Apptivo offers numerous free business service tools, which are way too many to list! At first I found the interface too confusing and the help section lack actual help, but a recent upgrade of the Apptivo site has improved it all tremendously.
Apptivo now offers so many services to help run a business which are all so easy to use that the help section is not really needed anymore! You can manage employees, rewards programs, payroll, order management, shipments & more all from Apptivo for free! They can even custom design your e-commerce site for you. You are required to use their hosting which has a fee if you choose that option though, which they don’t exactly state up front…that irked me a bit. Their hosting fee is reasonable and as far as I can tell all of Apptivo’s other tools are free. So you only pay hosting if you need the custom storefront service. I already have my own storefront set up so I skipped that service but I do use many of the other services offered which a free.All in all I give Apptivo 2 thumbs up. Especially since with a few clicks of the mouse you can setup an e-store on Facebook! Love it! So for all you darlings who emailed me your questions about managing your business, check out Apptivo and see if it works for you.