Free tools for small business

20 Free Tools For Startups

When starting up your business, often we don’t have the funds to pay for the tools that we need to succeed. We have collated 20 of the best free tools you can use to grow your business.

Canva

Canva Demonstration

Canva is a graphic design tool that is both simple and free. Whether you want to design a poster, Facebook post, presentation or email header – you can do it with Canva. It’s super simple to use and has a lot of free and $1 templates so even those without design skills  can create something epic.

Canva also has a design school to help you get the most out of their tool!

Infogram

A picture is worth a thousand words, and infographics even more! Create highly shareable content like infographics easily with Infogram and display your data beautifully.

Trello

Trello Demonstration

Trello is an amazing tool that you can use for project management. It’s extremely useful for collating ideas, managing campaigns and for personal organization – it definitely makes me more productive! You can invite your clients to use it too so you can keep all of your work organised.

Docracy

Docracy Demonstration

As a startup business it’s hard to find the funds to pay a lawyer for some legal documents. However, there’s now a free option! The founders of Docracy provide legal documents that are easily customizable for your business and have completely transparent sources. Many people are raving about Docracy, so we recommend it!

MailChimp

If you’re collecting your customers emails on your website and plan to send out campaigns, MailChimp is definitely the tool for you. It’s 100% free for up to 2,000 email addresses! Easily create stunning email campaigns and signup forms with the preset templates, or create your own.

IFTTT

If This Then That creates a recipe with your apps and allows you to automate your actions. For instance, you can connect Facebook and Instagram and automatically post every Instagram post onto your Facebook Page. This can save you lots of time and can be used in a variety of different ways.

Codecademy

Codecademy Demonstration

If you’re looking to learn to code, Codecademy is perfect for it. It starts in a simple manner so as long as you can use a computer, you can learn to code. As the world is going more and more digital, this is definitely a worthwhile skill to learn.

Invoice To Me

Do you take payment by invoice? Here’s a free invoice builder that allows you to create, save to PDF and send.

Buffer

Buffer is a Social Media scheduling app available online or on mobile. It allows you to schedule 10 posts for 3 different Social Media accounts for free. This means you can sort out all of your Social Media for the week in one go and not have to worry about remembering to post.

Marketing Grader by Hubspot

Marketing Grader Demonstration

If you’re wondering how your marketing is doing, pop your URL into Marketing Grader by Hubspot and they will analyze your website, blog and Social Media presence and give you advice on where to improve.

HARO

Help A Reporter Out sends daily emails with opportunities for you to be in the press. Although the free version sends you unfiltered emails so you do have to sift through, it can still help you with getting in the paper or even on TV!

Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, Death To The Stock Photo

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Need royalty-free images for your website, blog or Social Media but don’t want to pay sky high prices? These websites provide you with 100% FREE and royalty-free images for you to use as you please.

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides

Don’t want to pay for a Microsoft Word license? Well, Google has you covered. Their free Google Apps allow you to create spreadsheets, word documents and presentations in the same way you would on Microsoft Word.

Dropbox

Do you often need to send large files to other people, or want to back up your existing files? Dropbox is free and it acts like an extra hard drive on your computer- plus it’s also an app for your smartphone!

Boomerrang for Gmail

Do you find yourself replying to emails at 1am? This can look unprofessional as it’s an inappropriate time, and that’s where Boomerang comes in. It’s an extension for Gmail and allows you to scheduel a time to send your email. Awesome, huh?