The best things in life are free, especially for an entrepreneur launching their enterprise with a shoestring budget! Don’t let a lack of financial resources stifle your startup’s growth; take advantage of the many free resources available to the budding business owner.
Here are 10 “must haves" for the new entrepreneur:
Buffer offers a fabulous basic plan, allowing free users to schedule Twitter and Facebook posts for automated upload. Great time saver! Plus, the URL shortening app and article share extension makes sharing easy.
Graphic design not your forte? Yeah, mine neither. Take advantage of Canva‘s free pre-formatted graphics, such as stellar social media posts, engaging flyers and banners, and breathtaking business cards, collages, and much, much more.
E-mail marketing is an extremely effective way to communicate with your customer base. MadMimi allows you to create professional looking e-mails, complete with logos, pictures, and themed text. Your customized creations can then be delivered to your lengthy e-mail list with just one click.
Need eye-catching ads to promote your new site or product, but don’t have the funds to hire a graphic designer? No problem! PicMonkey is a free image creator and editor that allow you to convert snapshots into professional looking promo pics right from your laptop!
All businesses need to be able to swipe customer’s credit cards in today’s world of high speed retail. Square allows you to convert your smartphone into a credit card reader that provides direct deposits into your business’ bank accounts. So, if you’re providing on-site services around your community, Square can charge cards from right where you are!
Many website providers offer free site options to get your online presence started; however, none are as beginner friendly as Weebly! Decide you want to upgrade? Purchase a customized domain name through Weebly and bundle hosting for greater discounts.
Want to know what your customers really think about your offerings? Well, now you can ask them! Survey Monkey allows you to create an interactive, online survey and deliver it to your customers. Survey responses are kept anonymous, so get ready to hear the cold, hard facts!
Tax season gives me hives. Help alleviate April 15 stress by utilizing the free QuickBooks application to keep track of your business’ finances—revenue, expenses, margins, etc. This software may present somewhat of a learning curve to newbies, but thanks to the wealth of demo videos and helpful hint articles on this DIY Accounting program, it integrates well into any business.
Long gone are the days of the trusty desk top calendar. Thanks to this free calendar cloud, Google Calendar, you can save your schedule online and share it with team members, issue meeting invites, and receive timely notification reminders. Never miss another engagement!
Want to expand your voice across the international internet radio waves? Always dreamed of having your own show to spotlight fellow entrepreneurs or new services? Well, now you can! BlogTalkRadio is a free online radio platform that lets talk show personalities, like you, broadcast their mission to the world!
Entrepreneurs, what free resources are you using? Start a conversation in the comments below or tweet me @MotivatedGenY.