51 Free Resources For Small Businesses

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I was inspired by this question to organize a list of free resources for small businesses. Here’s the list broken up by category. All of the below resources are either completely free or offer a trimmed down free plan.

Website Analysis Tools

Website and Blog Tools

  • Wufoo – HTML form builder for creating contact forms, web surveys, and invitations so you can collect data, registrations and online payments without writing a single line of code.
  • Unbounce – Create optimized landing pages for your marketing campaigns.
  • Stock.XCHNG – Free stock images for your blog.
  • Microsoft Office Image Site – Free stock images for your blog.
  • Flickr – Images for your website/blog.

Business Collaboration Tools

  • Markup – Share ideas with co-workers by drawing on any webpage with a variety of tools. Lets you express your thoughts, make a point, or simply edit.
  • Dropbox – Document sharing and storage/backup.
  • Skype – Video calling and online phone.
  • Google Voice – Provides free PC-to-PC voice and video calling worldwide, and free PC-to-phone calls into North America.
  • Google Apps – Lots of business collaboration tools including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and more.

Business Tasks

  • SurveyMonkey – Create surveys to conduct, manage, and analyze research.
  • FreshBooks – Financial record keeping with invoicing and time tracking capability.
  • UserVoice – Customer support and feedback tool. (similar to Get Satisfaction)
  • Get Satisfaction – Customer support and feedback tool. (similar to UserVoice)
  • Evernote – Data capturing service that makes it easy to remember things using your computer, phone, and the web.
  • Ta-da List – Web based to-do list maker.
  • MailChimp – For managing email newsletters.
  • Thunderbird – Email client from Mozilla.

Track Your Competitors

  • Alexa – Monitor website traffic metrics, search analytics, demographics, and more. (similar to Compete)
  • Compete – Monitor website traffic metrics, search analytics, demographics, and more. (similar to Alexa)
  • Google Alerts – Monitor topics of interest on the web, including mentions of your competitors and your own business.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

  • Zoho – A suite of more than 20 different online business applications for collaboration, productivity, and other business tasks.
  • Highrise – Dead simple web-based CRM software.
  • vtiger – Open Source CRM software.

Screencast Software

  • Screenr – Web based screen recorder to create and share your screencasts around the web.
  • CamStudio – Open Source software for creating screencasts.
  • Jing – Create screencasts.

Content Management Systems (CMS)

  • WordPress – Easy to use web software you can use to create a website or blog.
  • WordPress plugins – Use plugins to customize your WordPress website to do just about anything you can think of.
  • WordPress Themes – Official repository of free WordPress themes.
  • Drupal – An open source content management platform for building websites and applications. Like with WordPress, Drupal has thousands of add-on modules and designs to customize your site. Drupal is more powerful than WordPress, however, it requires more technical knowledge.
  • Joomla – Open source content management system (CMS) that enables you to build websites and online applications.

Internet Marketing

Software

  • Microsoft BizSpark Program – Becoming a BizSpark member entitles you to free access to most of Microsoft’s tools and software. Only software based companies are eligible.
  • Microsoft WebsiteSpark Program – Provides web development and design companies access to Microsoft Web design and development software and solutions, support, training & marketing visibility.
  • Subversion – Software version control for software based companies.
  • Trac – Ticket tracking/wiki with subversion integration for software based companies.

Bonus

Here’s a massive list of free and open source software packages on Wikipedia.

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