80 Awesome Free Resources for Growing Your Small Business

80 Awesome Free Resources for Growing Your Small Business

Running a small business can be rough, especially during the startup stage. You have to wear a lot of hats, and a lot of times, you don’t know how to perform in those roles. Even worse, a lot of those roles require tools that can be expensive. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

I’ve been wanting to compile a list of all the best free tools and resources available to small businesses for a while, and I finally got around to it. Below you will find educational resources, design tools, free advertising, and basically anything you need to run your small business better. Enjoy!

Design Tools
Blogs
Communication Tools
Office Design
Public Relations Tools
Website Tools
Social Media Tools
Financial Tools
Advice Tools
Local Advertising Tools
Podcasts
Storage
Relaxation

Design Tools

A lot of small businesses don’t have the resources to hire a professional design service, so they have to do it themselves. Here are five free design resources I’ve used and come to love:

FlatIcon.com

This is a great website for 100% free vector graphics. A vector graphic is an image that will still look good when scaled up. These are great for infographics, websites, whatever.

Free Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

Basically a list of sites to help you find good stock photos, that you can use for free. Just avoid using the pretty blonde girl with the headset, it’s overdone. I found the one used behind the header from one of these sites.

GIMP

Adobe Photoshop is an amazing tool and an industry standard, but not everyone can afford it. GIMP is a free open source alternative that contains many of the same tools and it also has a great community supporting it.

Inkscape

Just like GIMP is an alternative for Photoshop, Inkscape is a great alternative for Illustrator. If you need to design a logo, icon, or sketch, Inkscape works great, and it’s absolutely free.

Canva

Where GIMP and Inkscape are a blank canvas that require some design background, Canva is an online tool, no installation required, that already has layouts and image sets that are designed for you. They offer thousands of free vector graphics and images that you can drop into your design, and also premium images for $11 each. A great tool that I used to create the head image for this post.

 

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Encore Entrepreneurship | The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov

 

Source: Encore Entrepreneurship | The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov

Encore Entrepreneurs

A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities.

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15 Ways to Get Serious About Small Business Blogging – YourChicGeek

 Blogging is an awesome way to get your business  out to the world. If you’re ready to get serious  about blogging for business here are 15 ways to get  started.

Source: 15 Ways to Get Serious About Small Business Blogging – YourChicGeek

15 WAYS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS BLOGGING

So you’re ready to get serious about blogging for business? I don’t blame you not one bit because blogging is serious business.

You’ve probably heard about all the benefits of blogging for business, but you you’re still on the fence.

I can tell you first hand from experience that blogging is in fact a very effective marketing and tool for small businesses – if you are consistent with it and blog with a purpose.

How Blogging for Business Works….

Picture this:

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