Small businesses often have so many considerations, for both day to day and growth activities. When your staff is small and resources are tight, there are several free online tools, apps, and more that can help you achieve all of your business goals.
Our list includes both tools and resources to help. These are some of the best tools out there that are completely free to start, which can bring your business to the next level.
Scannable – For those busy business executives, this free app from Evernote will become your best friend. Scan documents, receipts, and more on the go.
Free Conference Call – A business that has 19 years of actually being free, this is a great resource for those businesses that are finding themselves remote longer than anticipated and aren’t thrilled with Zoom anymore. This Free Conference Call is used by small businesses all across the country!
Dropbox – As a well-known, household name, Dropbox is totally free to sign up for! Even for businesses that don’t need to transfer large files very often, Dropbox is a great resource to have in your back pocket!
TinyURL – Did you know that bitly links can expire? TinyURL links won’t ever expire, making it ideal for social media and blog posts!
Mailchimp – Another service businesses might be familiar with, Mailchimp is free to sign up! You can access better templates if you pay their subscription fee, but it’s not necessary. For businesses looking to expand their content and marketing offers, start with the free version!
Hootsuite – For those businesses that know investing in social media is important but don’t have a lot of time, Hootsuite has a free version that lets you schedule posts easily and effectively.
In this list, we have also included organizations and nonprofits that offer even more resources for your business. Whether you are looking to start a business and don’t know how to go about it, or are a veteran business hit hard by COVID-19.
Help A Reporter – Although this isn’t technically a free resource (there is a membership/subscription option) this might be a great way to get your business out there through tried and true journalism.
SCORE – Real, expert advice about starting a business that includes templates, business plans, and an entire library of business resources.
U.S Small Business Administration – The largest government agency dedicated to providing information to small businesses that are just starting out or are veterans looking for a little help. The SBA has a lot of resources available by state.
Coursera – Sign up for a free account and start learning! Although you do have to pay for the certificates to prove you completed the course, for those looking to build new skills this is a great resource. (When of course, as a busy entrepreneur, you have time!)
FutureLearn – Another online company that does online courses, FutureLearn’s lessons tend to be shorter than the ones offered by Coursera but at the same great quality.
We hope our curated list of free resources has been helpful! This isn’t an exhaustive list, and by no means complete – if you have a tool you use that is better than the ones we have listed, drop us a comment and we will add it!