Top Low Cost and Free Small Business Tools – Part #4 The Best of the Rest
This is the final post in our series of low cost and free business tools for small business. Today, we’ll approach the area of cheap business resources just as you might: Googling! After each listing, we’ll evaluate who makes it in this post and why. For educators, this can also be a good exercise in critical thinking and filtering skills for students in this era of information overload.
Search term: Free Business Tools
Inc.com 100 Free Tools – First on the list were some tools from Inc Magazine. Upon further examination, the tools look solid. They are slighty operational and legal in nature, versus “tap into your creativity.” Overall, a good set of tools. (If you want a creativity exercise, see the MindMap Exercise in the first module of Entrepreneur in The Classroom’s Free Curriculum).
- Cost: Free, login required
SCORE – Small business mentoring and training – is a mainstay of the small business support network. It is run by the SBA, and definitely worth a try for the start up entrepreneur. Here is what it says on the landing page “Enter keywords. Pick your biz mentor. You get a reply in 48 hours.” I typed in a search term, and saw a very impressive list of mentors.
- Cost: Free
MommysHelperOnline.com – This is a neat resource focused on WAHMs (Work at Home Moms). The truth is, the list is helpful for anyone working at home. The site is not too slick, but the resources listed are basic but useful.
- Cost: Free
Business Pundit – 9 Free Tools You Should Know about. A good post pointing to free resources which are very tech-oriented. Ideal for the online / social media entrepreneur, tech jock, or just someone looking to take their business tools to the next level.
1. SCAM ALERT! What is strange about the title of this site “Free Business Downloads.”
2. BE A WISE CONSUMER. What does Intuit’s “Free” offer really mean? Read up on Intuit (positive and negative information) and decide if this is a company you’d like to do business with. If so, or if not, why? What alternatives are there?
3. What agencies are there to protect small business? Do a Google search, and review the last module of NFIB YEF’s Entrepreneur in the Classroom (EITC) free curriculum.
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