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9 FREE Tools For Small Business Owners And Entrepreneurs

9 FREE Tools For Small Business Owners And Entrepreneurs

Everyone loves FREE, right?

It’s important when you’re starting a new business, or if you are limited on resources, to find the right tools to use, tools that will get the job done, but also at the lowest cost.

I’ve started my business few months back, and over the years I’ve had to be resourceful to find ways to do things without paying a premium price on every tool, software, or subscription.

So, if you’re like me, you don’t like to waste your time, you want to get things done, and don’t want to pend and arm and a leg, this article is for YOU.

Here are some of the tools that have helped me throughout this process, saved me time, saved me money, and made my life easier.

1: Wave Accounting

A FREE Accounting software that allows you to bill invoices and receive payments, connect your bank and credit card accounts,  manage your business expenses, and run your financials (balance sheet, cash flow, profit & loss statement).

Check them out here: https://www.waveapps.com/

2: Unspalsh

FREE stock images (royalty free) that you can download and use for Social Media, website, or any other business need you might have. I personally use this site a lot, because having to pay for stock photos for a big project has a hefty price, so Unsplash definitely comes in handy.

Check them out here: https://unsplash.com/

3: LastPass

This is good. How many times have you lost your password?! I have, many many times.

I got so frustrated that I had to find a way to store all these passwords and not spend 20 minutes every time I want to log-in to a website.

LastPass is a free tool (Google extension) that will store the usernames and passwords for all your logins and automatically auto-populate the information when you go to the site.

It will save you time, it will make your life easier, and you won’t be frustrated anymore trying to remember the 286396583 different passwords you have :).

Check them out here: https://www.lastpass.com/

4: Web Resizer

This is a free tool that allows you to re-size and re-scale image. I use this specifically for websites because you don’t want to overload your website with big size files, so you want to make sure that images are optimized to help with the website loading speed.

Check them out here: http://webresizer.com/

5: Clip Converter

This is a free tool to download videos from the web, or convert videos to different formats.

Do you have a video that works on Facebook, but does not upload to Instagram? You can convert your “.mov” video into an “mp4” and it’ll work on Instagram!

Do you have a website on youtube, Facebook, or somewhere on the web and you want to be able to download it? This tool will let you do so.

Check them out here: https://www.clipconverter.cc/

6: Water Marquee

This free tool allows you to add watermarks or edit your images. It comes in handy if you want to add text, add your logo, or put your contact information to an existing image you have.

Check them out here: https://www.watermarquee.com/watermark

7: Mail Chimp

Disclaimer, this does have “paid” versions and memberships, but if you are just starting out and have an email list less than 2,000 subscribers, then you can utilize their FREE plan to create lists, send out campaigns, integrate with your website, and other.

Mail Chimp is extremely popular for small businesses and entrepreneurs, so a lot of the online platforms have made it easy to integrate with MailChimp (Facebook, ClickFunnels, WordPress and so on.. they all do integrate with Mail Chimp).

Check them out here: https://mailchimp.com/

8: Zoom

This tool also have paid plans, but there is also a FREE plan that you can use to schedule video conferencing calls with leads, clients, or team members.

Extremely popular tool in the Online Marketing world, because as the name says, “Online Marketing”, so plenty of times, your clients, your employees, your leads are not in the same location as you are so video conferencing is the way to go.

Check them out here: https://zoom.us/

9: Calendly

You can connect this tool with your Google or Outlook calendar and integrate it on your website or blog so people can click the link and schedule a time to talk to you. If you’re looking to book appointments or phone calls online, this tool comes in handy.

Check them out here: https://calendly.com/

Recap

There’s an abundance of FREE tools online, or software with FREE versions or plans, so the key is to know what you want, then research.

Before putting in your Credit Card information, take a moment to do some homework or ask around.

I have personally used tens and tens of Free tools or some form of Free plans over the years, so if you have anything in specific you want to ask, please feel free to reach out to me.

Hope this helps! If it does, please go ahead and leave a comment below and share with your other fellow business owners.

Love,

Elie Malouf

 

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