Top Low Cost and Free Small Business Tools – Part #4 The Best of the Rest

January 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm 8 comments

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

Search Results: 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 – 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.

Discussion Questions:

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.

Related Links:

Low Cost and Free Small Business Tools – Part #1

Low Cost and Free Small Business Tools – Part #2

Low Cost and Free Small Business Tools – Part #3

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. maren kate  |  January 26, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I love the business pundit! Thanks for these interesting tools for business. Just found your blog & I like it! Cheers!

  • 2. uberVU - social comments  |  January 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm

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  • 3. Dan  |  January 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

    If you would like a tool to manage your small business activities and Projects, you can use this web aplication:

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your Goals (for business but also in other areas of your life), Projects and Tasks. It has a Checklists section, for the routines and repetitive activities that any business has to do. Also, it features a Schedules section and a Calendar, for scheduling you time and activities.

    Some features from GTD are also present, like Contexts and Next Actions.

    And it’s available on the mobile phone too, so you can access it from anywhere.

  • 4. geovanny  |  February 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    nice post,good work

  • 5. camper  |  February 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

    That’s a nice blog

  • 6. small business  |  February 10, 2010 at 4:20 am

    thanks for the info, very useful to me cos I’m a small business owner and use to googling too but didn’t find something like in this article. Thanks again

  • 7. Ray J wall  |  August 14, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Hi Thanks for plenty of information. I’m a small business owner and have found this site very informative.

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