It’s easy to become overwhelmed by everything that goes into building a successful small business. From accounting to marketing, there are a lot of variables to consider. Fortunately, there are also lots of free small business tools available to you that cover everything from business plans to shipping resources. Here are seven of our favorites:
- Getting Started
The U.S. Small Business Administration Business Guide is a great website. Check it out to learn everything you need to know to get your business going. For example, you can read about how to research your market, develop a robust business plan, and create a successful launch strategy.
- Securing Funding
Building a business from scratch requires capital. Luckily, Small Business Trends has a comprehensive list of potential funding sources that can help you secure the funding you need to get your new business off the ground.
- Common Business Forms
Need standard business documents? Entrepreneur Magazine has a solid collection of the basics. Visit their site to get your hands on everything from marketing plans to employee review sheets.
- Marketing Analysis
How well is your digital marketing working? You have no idea? Well, you’re in luck! Google Analytics offers a wide range of free tools that will help you determine how well your website, ads, and online marketing initiatives are performing.
- Social Media Marketing
Don’t forget the benefits of social media marketing! Virtually all major social media sites allow you to set up a free company page or profile. Once you’re set up, you can use affordable social ads to attract new clients. Not sure where to start? Hubspot has a great list of 30 resources that will help you learn how to leverage social media marketing.
- Affordable Shipping
Now that you’ve got sales rolling, how do you ship your products? And how do you make sure you’re getting the best price? Use the Flock Freight® free shipping quote tool to compare rates on various dates from multiple vendors.
- Industry News
Want to keep up with industry news and trends? Get free industry magazines! Free Trade Magazine Source has over 200 publications available for small business owners.
Use these free tools to build your business, improve your marketing, attract new clients, and stay up-to-date on industry trends!