RESOURCES 

Need to Know Information for your Business

Our resources are for anyone, at any level, in the small business industry. These websites were individually selected based on the information each provides. If you are in the beginning stages of creating a business, designing an affiliate program or joining a direct sales company, there is something here for you. Maybe you have already joined a company, have some questions or are just interested in doing a background check. Be sure to take your time and do your own research. It is well worth the time and effort. This list is a great place to start!

FREE ONLINE CLASSES

ADOBE KNOW HOW

A variety of classes to learn how to get started with a new skill. Both free and paid are listed. 

ALISON

Alison has over 1000 courses available in a variety of subjects. Offering Certificate courses, Diploma courses, and Learning Paths also. 

GCF

125 + Free tutorials. Huge list of various topics for the beginner and possibly beyond.  

MICROSOFT VIRTUAL ACADEMY

Microsoft training delivered by experts to help build your technical skills and advance your career.

UDEMY

Sign up search both free and paid classes. Add them to your course list and take them whenever the time works for you, even on your mobile device. Check back to watch for updated courses.

45 FREE ONLINE CLASSES

Mashable put together this list complete with descriptions. Some classes listed may be listed on another option in our list.

40+ FREE ONLINE COURSES

CreativeIfWriting.com created this list on blogging, social media and more. 

BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

ALL BUSINESS

One of the world’s largest online resources for small businesses providing essential tools and resources to start, grow and manage your business.

AMERICAN EXPRESS

Tools, Support & Inspiration. Promote your business all year long with free downloadable Shop Small materials.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

The BBB collects and provides free business reviews.

BPLANS

Free resource to help entrepreneurs start and run better businesses.

BUSINESS USA

Official website of the U.S Government proving tools and resources including online training.

ENTREPRENEUR

Definitive guide with resources including How To section with tips and strategies.

HOME BUSINESS MAGAZINE

Loaded with content to help you start-up, grow and succeed in a home-based business.

INC.

Resources for start-ups, growing your business, and everything business.

IRS

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.

LAWDEPOT

Free Legal Documents, Forms, and Contracts.

LEGALZOOM

Legal Resources and Services for all your business.

MY OWN BUSINESS

Leading provider of free online education for entrepreneurs.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED

Everything a self-employed business owner needs to know.

NOLO

Small businesses find answers to their everyday legal and business questions.

SCOOP IT

Content marketing resources with guides and strategies for your business.

SCORE

Free business mentoring and low- or no-cost workshops.

SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Everything from Starting and Managing to Loans, Grants, and Contracts and more!

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

Knowing and understand your rights.

US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

Protect what is yours legally.

WOMEN FOR HIRE

Dedicated to women with career-related information.

ICANN WHOIS

Lookup any generic domains, such as “icann.org” to find out the registered domain holder.

PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

GRAMMARLY

Grammarly is software, as well as a browser extension that analyzes your writing for improper word usage, too. It highlights any errors, just like standard spell-check. Once you see a problem, you can fix it.

MAJESTIC

Track your online influence with the planet’s largest Link Index database

MOZ

Learn SEO & Search Marketing.

BITLY

Allows you to shorten, measure and optimize your URLs.

RESCUETIME

  • Alert you when you’re spending a certain amount of time on an activity.
  • Allow you to block distracting websites during focus time.
  • Keep track of what you accomplished throughout the day.
  • Identify how much time you spend on a variety of activities, including email, meetings, etc.
  • You can sign up for a Lite account, which is completely free or their premium service for added features.

FOCUS BOOSTER

The Focus Booster app is based on the Pomodoro Technique, which is a long-standing productivity technique that uses a timer for focused work periods, usually 25 minutes, followed by a break of 3-5 minutes. After you complete 4 work periods, you get a break of 15-30 minutes. The idea is you stay completely focused on the task during the work period.

The app is free for up to 20 sessions per month or you can pay a reasonable yearly fee for unlimited sessions and extra features.

FOCUS @ WILL

Focus@Will uses human neuroscience and music to help you focus, limit distractions, get productive and retain more information. All you do is answer a few questions and the software will determine the right music to put your brain in a flow state that makes you super productive.

There is a free 2-week trial, so you can see if it works for you.

DOMAINS, HOSTING, WEBSITES

GODADDY

Domains, WordPress, website builder, hosting, and email marketing.

SITEGROUND

(Affiliate) Their Uptime is 99.99%. Fast and Reliable and best of all the customer services it here to help when you need it. We have personally tried Godaddy, Hostgator and Bluehost before moving to Siteground.  They have been the best for us!

46 HOTTEST WORD PRESS PLUGINS

How to Dominate SEO With the 46 Hottest WordPress Plugins  From Neil Patel

FACEBOOK & TWITTER TOOLS

101 FACEBOOK TOOLS FOR 2017

Lilach Bullock put together this list that includes a variety of categories such as Ads, Monitoring, Analytics, Visuals, Contests, Online stores, Appointment scheduling and more.

101 TOP TWITTER TOOLS FOR 2017

Lilach Bullock put together this list that includes a variety of categories such as Dashboards, Automation, Ads, Analytics, Hashtags, Twitter Chats, Visual Content and more.

ONLINE STORES

ECWID

Ecwid is a free shopping cart that allows anyone to easily create an online store and sell everywhere from Facebook to mobile.

FREE WEB STORE

Build your free online store, add up to twenty products before upgrading.

SHOPIFY

The e-commerce platform made for you to sell online, on social media, in-store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered.

CREATING IMAGES, PHOTO EDITORS, LOGO MAKERS

BE FUNKY

The basic account is free to use and provides users with access to our library of 125 digital effects.

CANVA

Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and more.

LOGO TYPE MAKER

Free custom logo creator tool will help you make company logos and professional brand identity graphics

PIC MONKEY

Add filters, frames, text, and effects to images with our free online photo editing tool!

PIKTOCHART

Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high-quality graphics.

DESIGN SEEDS

Beautiful color palettes for any image you want to create. Great tool for branding your business.

SOCIAL MEDIA AUTOMATION

BUFFER

Schedule posts to one social platform for free. Store up to 10 posts at a time.

HOOTSUITE

The free plan includes three social networks. Schedule up to ten posts daily along with basic analytics.

LATER

For Individuals, Free Forever. Up to 30 posts per month for Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. 50 per month for Twitter. Upgrades available.

PLANOLY

Free forever plan includes 1 account, 1 user, 30 uploads a month, photos only, and more. Upgrades available.

10 BEST TOOLS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

Automating your marketing can help you save time so you can spend more of it building relationships.

SURVEY TOOLS

TYPEFORM

The basic plan is Free up to 100 Responses per month. 10 fields. Upgrades available.

SURVEY MONKEY

Free online survey software and questionnaire tool.

WUFOO

Free forever plan up to 3 forms,  100 entries, 10 fields, 1 user and 3 reports. Upgrades available.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

ASANA

With tasks, projects, conversations, and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish.