Below you will find some great resources for your business. Everything is covered from Business Management, Security, Business Supplies all the way to On- and Offline Marketing Tools. I was able to find some great savings (and free trials) for you for most of these tools.
I started out with some of the worst web hosting, e-Mail marketing, and other business tool choices and had a hand full of terrible experiences with customer service and functionality which all cost me a lot of time and money, because at that time I didn't have anyone to tell me any better. This inspired me to make this page of great tools and resources and of course I have not included any tools I have had bad experiences with on this page.
Domain Registration and Website Hosting:
- Bluehost: My favorite and most recommended website hosting service with excellent customer service: Host unlimited domains under one account, unlimited bandwidth and e-Mail accounts, a FREE domain and if you are unfamiliar with Wordpress, they even offer a free site builder with templates (and $100 Google Adwords credit) for a very competitive price.
- Hostgator: Great reliable web hosting. If you are only planning on having ONE domain and one website, Hostgator will probably offer you a lower monthly price. However, you will have to purchase your domain separately.
- iPage: 100% Eco Friendly Web Hosting Service. Free Domain Registration, Free Setup, Free Support -- Try risk free!
- Weebly: Create a free website for your business. Great if you are just getting started, but you should definitely get paid hosting and your own domain to have a professional and reliable web presence.
- ElegantThemes has an amazing selection of themes with professional and slick looks, a variety of designs, and great features, such as a drop-and-drag page and post builder, a free mobile site set-up, and one of the best support systems I have ever experienced. They help with any question you may have and professional developers actually help with customization of any theme.
- Expand2Web: A premium WordPress theme designed for small business websites
- imPower Themes
- Before you go and start spending $10 here and $12 there for any plugins, consider a membership with WPMU DEV. They have a huge selection of almost any plugin you may need, they even have a large selection of themes, and once again their support is fantastic.
- Easy WebContent: Create amazing content for your website, such as flash presentations, photo galleries, and other great things that will enhance your website in visibility and functionality.
- Network Solutions®: All the tools you need to set up a professional ecommerce website and start selling online. Save 25% off new orders of $75 or more. Use Code: SAVE2575AF
- Bigcommerce: Bigcommerce makes it easy to sell online. You get a website, shopping cart, SEO, design, hosting and more. Try it for free and receive up to $100 Google Adwords credit
- eFax: #1 Internet fax solution. You can send AND receive faxes via your e-mail account as well as choose where you want their number.
- eVoice: Get toll-free or local phone numbers for your business. 6 Month Free Trial
- FreedomVOICE: Get an 800 number for your business and try it FREE for 30 days! No activation and no contract required.
- Phone Power Digital Phone Service : Keep your number. Save 66% on your phone bill with this discounted phone service solution.
- TollFreeForwarding.com: #1 provider of international phone lines in the world
- Saveology Network: The Web’s Largest TV, Internet & Phone Comparison-Shopping Marketplace - Click here to compare and save!
- Grasshopper: Virtual phone system - $50 discount
- Phonebooth: Phonebooth OnDemand gives you a business phone plan for only $20 per month/per user. Save 60% on Business Phone Service.
- Elance: Whether you need a freelancer for a project, a graphic designer for your next order of brochures, a coder for your next software idea, or any other specialized task that you would like a professional to complete, simply post your task, hire the person to get the job done and you are done. There are over 150,000 Elancers online ready to work at highly reasonable prices.
- 99designs: The #1 Marketplace for Crowdsourced Graphic Design - Custom logos, wordpress themes, and other graphic design work. List your project and have designers compete by sending you great designs. No risk of paying for something you don't like as you have full control and choose the design you like.
- LifeLock: Help Protect Yourself From ID Theft. 30-Day Free Trial + 15% Off Site-Wide
- BOLT Insurance: Is Your Small Business Covered? Get Fast Free Business Insurance Quote Comparison's at BOLT.
- SOS Online Backup: Need Internet Backup? Try SOS - Backup 5 PC's at 25% Off
Business Supplies (Office, Organization, and more):
- Shoeboxed: Shoeboxed is the easiest way to scan receipts and business cards. Manage Your Receipts and Business Cards Online. Eliminate the Hassle of Paper Receipts - Start for free now
- OfficeMax: Shop conveniently online at officemax.com for all of your office . supplies, furniture and technology. Free Shipping on Most Orders Over $50
- Amazon: Whether you need software, hardware, a computer, scanner, printer, or any other business supplies, Amazon is a great place to purchase those things at reasonable prices.
- Onlywire: (Social Media) Sends your messages or blog posts to the web's top social networks (you can choose among and up to 47 social networks) with the click of a button.It is best suited for people & bloggers who would like to submit their content to be shared among their social networks.
- Raven Internet Marketing Tools: Manage your website SEO and Social Media - Free 30 Day Trial
- GroSocial: (Customer Acquisition) Grosocial's Customizer offers any business the power they want, with the simplicity they need to make professional high-quality facebook pages. Unleash the power of social marketing with Customizer by GroSocial.
- Hootsuite: Great social media management tool. HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard allows organizations to manage multiple social networks, engage and identify their audience and analyze their social media campaigns. Sign up for a free 30-day trial now.
- Aweber (e-Mail Marketing) is the leading marketing software that allows you to automate your e-Mail campaigns with scheduled and automated follow up e-Mails, auto-responders, and professional sign-up forms that you can easily integrate into your site.
- eReleases: Build traffic, rankings, and business with online press release distribution
- VisitorBoost.com: Boost your website traffic with guaranteed visitors from $1.95 per 1000
- 48HourPrint.com: Printing that's fast, affordable and guaranteed. Request free printing samples.
- PsPrint : Make an impact 365 days per year by printing premium custom marketing materials.
- Deluxe Corp: Save 50% on checks, business forms and envelopes for your business at Deluxe
- Vistaprint: Vistaprint is personally my favorite when it comes to ordering business cards, postcards, brochures, flyers, and any other marketing materials. They have great prices, several different shipping options, and a wide selection of designs. You can either upload an entirely customized business card design or start with one of their thousands of design templates.
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- Elance: Have a special skill or talent, such as excellent writing skills, programming, or graphic design? Sign up on Elance.
- 99designs: Are you a great graphic designers and you would like to make some money designing logos, wordpress themes, and other marketing materials? 99designs pays well if your design is chosen.
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Our free directory of tools and resources can save you thousands of dollars a year (or even a month, depending on your current monthly business expenses) and lead you to find many free resources and tools that will additionally help you decrease the time invested in certain tasks, such as invoicing or payroll, increase the efficiency of certain tasks, such as customer relationship management, and finally increase your revenues.
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I have been consulting start-ups and small businesses for quite a while now and what I have often encountered is that so many entrepreneurs and website owners waste most of their marketing budget on unnecessary things that they could find at no cost if they knew where to look for a substitute available at no or a significantly lower cost. Most businesses have the potential to decrease their monthly operational, managerial, and marketing expenses by 50%.
I have spent a few years collecting alternatives and substitutes for the tools that businesses need to run and grow to help decrease those costs, which would mostly likely significantly increase their return on investment.
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