TOOLS FOR YOU

TOOLS THAT ARE ACTUALLY HELPFUL

Here is a list of different tools that we use and know of that can help your business out! 

Free Online Learning Websites

  1.  CodeAcademy

  2. HubSpot Academy

  3. Moz

  4. LearnVest

  5. Niche Consulting Courses 

  6. edX

  7. Khan Academy

  8. MIT Open Courseware

  9. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

  10. Coursera 

  11. Alison

  12. Saylor

Podcasts to listen too:

  1.  The Garyvee Audio Experience

  2. Starve the Doubts by Jared Easley

  3. The Sales Evangelist by Donald Kelly

  4. The Brand You Podcast by Mike Kim

  5. Smart Time Online by John Dennis

  6. Get in the Lab by Kevin Vu and Megan Pangan

  7. Rhodes to Success by Jessica Rhodes

  8. Wow Small Business Show by Bryan Orr

50 Free Tools to help your Small Business: From Fundera

Advertising

Getting the word out about your business doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are a few free places to start expanding your brand’s digital visibility.

  • Google My Business

  • YellowPages

  • Yelp

  • Foursquare for Business

Analytics

Expanding your brand’s digital presence involves a lot of time, effort, and investment. After all that input, you need to know whether your efforts are generating the results you’re looking for. Try these powerful analytics tools to monitor your brand’s online traffic and look for ways to improve.

  • Google My Business

  • YellowPages

  • Yelp

  • Foursquare for Business

Blogging

Marketing experts agree that content marketing—and blogging in particular—is absolutely key to small business brand awareness in the digital age. Make the most of your blogging efforts with a few of our favorite tools.

  • Wordpress.org

  • CoSchedule

Business Development

From planning to financing to day-to-day management needs, launching a small business involves a steep learning curve. Take advantage of these free resources to gain the knowledge you need as you develop your business idea into a thriving enterprise.

  • SBA.gov

  • Local Small Business Development Center 

  • SCORE

Business Planning

Whether you’re just starting your new business or refining your existing business model, let these free tools lead the way in your business planning process.

  • Bplans.com

  • Enloop

Business Financing

Unless you happen to be independently wealthy, figuring out how to raise capital may be the most overwhelming challenge you’ll face as an entrepreneur. Should you look for investors, or borrow from a bank or online lender? Check out these free resources to help you in your quest to fund your small business.

  • AngelList

  • Fundera

  • Kickstarter

  • StreetShares

Design

With an abundance of free tools online, creating a professional and visually stunning digital presence has never been easier. Check out these free tools to generate high impact eye-candy for your brand.

  • Adobe Spark

  • Canva

  • Pablo

  • Piktochart

  • Typito.com

Email

More than anything else, being a business owner involves a lot of emails. For making decisions, communicating with staff, marketing to customers, and more—you likely live and die by your inbox. Check out these free email tools to make your email life a little more manageable.

  • Gmail

  • Boomerang

  • Organizer by OtherInbox

  • MailChimp

  • Unroll.me

Internal Communication

Whether you work with a distributed team or just travel a lot for business, these communications tools will help you stay in touch with your crew from wherever you are.

  • Skype 

  • Slack

  • Sococo

Legal

Lawyers are expensive. If you’re a brand new business, the cost of hiring a professional to create basic legal documents can break the bank.

  • Docracy

Money Management

From accepting credit cards to tracking expenses to time tracking and payroll, the internet is full of amazing resources for managing your company’s finances with minimal headache. But how will you know what works? Check out the free trials for these awesome tools to find the money management workflow that fits your business needs.

  • Expensify

  • Paypal

  • TSheets

  • ZenPayroll

Productivity

You have big ideas, you have a business plan, your company is funded, you even have amazing graphics for your marketing efforts! But to keep your business afloat day to day, what you need is to simply get things done. Try our favorite free tools for a boost in productivity to move your business forward.

  • Evernote

  • Google Drive

  • Pilcro

Scheduling

With a growing number of clients and team members to consider, keeping track of who does what when can be a pain. Whether you’re scheduling conference calls, meeting, or work shifts, try these awesome tools to streamline the process, saving you time and brain cells for bigger and better things.

  • Doodle

  • When I Work

  • YouCanBook.me

Social Media

Every business owner knows you need to be on social media. But actually, following through on a social media strategy is another matter entirely. Try these great, free tools to streamline your process and maximize your social media ROI.

  • Hootsuite

  • ManageFlitter

  • Instasize

Stock Images

Beautiful images are essential to making your brand stand out online. But if you’re not a professional photographer and your product isn’t visually compelling; how can you use images in your marketing effort? Try these free stock images site to search for images to use in your blog, social media, and other marketing materials.

  • Flickr

  • FreeImages

  • Pixabay

  • Unsplash

Storage and File Sharing

Complicated computer networks and external hard drives are so 2005. Try these cloud storage resources to share files and collaborate on documents without a drawer full of USB cables and fifteen phone calls to your cousin who works in IT.

  • Dropbox

  • Box

  • Google Cloud

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