Entrepreneurs – especially those at the beginning of their start up career – often have to do everything themselves. Unless you have the funds available to hire a team, it’s likely all of the business tasks will fall to you.
Although this can be daunting, it doesn’t have to be expensive thanks to the wealth of free online resources that are available today. From insights from experts to online courses, and tools and services to help manage your business, there’s a lot you can accomplish with free online resources.
And the only investment required is time.
The list below is broken out into three categories: news and information, training and tools. This is by no means an exhaustive list (which is why you’ll find links to other helpful online resource listings at the end), but there is one thing every single item has in common: they’re all free.
News & Information
Looking to learn more about entrepreneurship or keep up on the latest news and trends? This list is a great place to start.
Small Business Association: if you’re seeking information about how to start a business, funding programs, federal contracting or government grants or other assistance, there is huge range of tools and services available from the SBA.
Fast Company: keep up to date on business news and read high-quality editorial pieces focused on technology, leadership and design.
Entrepreneur: one of the premier sites for staying on top of entrepreneurial news and trends, plus find helpful information on all topics related to entrepreneurship.
Tech Crunch: a website dedicated to all things new in technology and tech business, startups, gadgets and web-based products.
Forbes: another leading source for news and trends relating to entrepreneurship.
Social Media Examiner: this is a comprehensive resource for learning more about the latest trends in social media and how to leverage social media to market your business.
Mashable: a mix of latest news, editorial and a bit of fun, entrepreneurs will find the most relevant content in Mashable Business.
Inc.: one of the largest and most comprehensive sites dedicated to news, tools and advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Moz Blog: get the latest news, insights and advice to stay on top of online marketing and SEO for your business.
If you’re looking for more recommendations on blogs dedicated to entrepreneurship, check out this blog 10 Great Blogs for Entrepreneurs.
Whether you’re looking for a full (and free) online course or resources to learn more about a particular aspect of business, here are some great options to check out.
Hubspot Academy: with a large library of courses dedicated to sales, marketing and design, you can take courses on everything from inbound marketing to social media, and more.
Udacity: from app building to basic programming, data science and statistics to digital marketing and more, there are plenty of free courses available via Udacity. A good one for new entrepreneurs is How To Build A Startup .
Edex: with over 300 course covering everything from architecture to science, there are a wide range of business and entrepreneurial related courses available at Edex for free (unless you want certification in the course, which will have a cost).
How To Start A Startup: this is a series of video lectures originally given at Stanford University hosted by Sam Altman, the President of Y Combinator.
Alison: over 1,000 free courses across nine subject areas including business, marketing, science, health, language and IT.
Get the help you need to run your business with these free tools and services.
Hootsuite: manage your social media in one place with this social media scheduling and management software.
Canva: if you need graphics for your online and offline marketing but have zero design skills, Canva makes it easy to create graphics from a library of templates. You can upload your own images or use their library (free and paid options available).
Google Drive: you don’t have to spend money on expensive computer software with Google Drive. Create all the documents, spreadsheets and presentations you need – plus store them in the cloud – all for free.
Google Trends: this free feature from Google allows you to analyze search terms to learn about popular keywords and topics. Learn more about what search terms are popular right now – and where.
Google Analytics: discover key insights about your traffic and how your website is performing to optimize your marketing, SEO and sales with the free analytics provided by Google.
Wetransfer: when you have big files to send, you don’t want to attach them to an email. Transfer large files up to 2GB for free with wetransfer.
Dropbox: store all of your files in one place and easily send them as links to others with Dropbox.
MailChimp: building an email list is important, but so is being able to send subscriber emails efficiently. MailChimp offers a way to automate e-blasts, along with testing and analytics to help evaluate the success of your e-marketing. The free plan for startups offers up to 12,000 emails/2,000 subscribers per month.
Want even more free tools and information? Two other helpful resources include Neil Patel’s The Entrepreneur’s Handbook: 101 Resources for First Time Entrepreneurs and 11 Excellent Free Online Course for Entrepreneurs.