Business

Have you ever been told that you can’t get something for nothing?  Well, you really can these days thanks to an explosion of web based business and consumer tools available.  Most people know about Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and Google+.  Below are just a few of some of the services available that can help you save money both personally and for your business.

Communication

Anymeeting – Free, ad supported video conferencing for up to 200 participants

Appointlet – Allows your clients to book appointments with you online which instantly show up on your Google Calendar

Co-op – Kind of like a mini Twitter just for your team

Oovoo – 12-way video chat, call recording, video sharing, send files

Paltalk – video calling, group IM and chat

Trello – Virtual sticky notes, allows you to selectively share with your team

Content & Video

Audacity – free, open source cross platform software for recording and editing sound.

Blip.tv – video blogging, show/channel distribution

BlogTalkRadio – host your own radio show with just a computer and phone.

Drop Shots – share video and photos.

LogoMaker – Design up to 6 logos for free with this app

LogoSnap – This logo service allows you to set your own price for a custom logo designed by up to 20,000 designers, the more you offer the more options you receive, and you own the rights to the logo.

paint.net – photo and image editing software

phinxr – online photo editing

Pinnacle – create video, audio and photos on iPads and iPhones

Seesmic – social media management for up to 3 accounts

slideshare – share slideshows, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations and other professional content.

Financial

BizEquity – Find out what your company and others are worth.

BizStats – Free business statistics, financial ratios and benchmarks such as annual sales for a wide range of industries

Listia – Like eBay but free: give away things you don’t want, get credits for every item given away, use the credits for things you want

Mint – Personal and financial planning, budgeting and money management.

SBA.gov – The U.S. Small Business Administration offers more than 500 free business plan templates on their website and at their Small Business Development Centers across the country

SCORE – Business consulting by over 13,000 mentors sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Square – Accept credit card and debit payments on any mobile device; the card reader is free and the swipe fee is only 2.75% per transaction.  There are other card readers out there, but this is the original and still the best.

Wave – Accounting app designed specifically for entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants and small businesses with 9 employees or less

Marketing / Networking / Promotion

Blogger – blog publishing site by Google

Craigslist – online classified ad, job postings, and forums

Economy.com – Their FreeLunch.com subsite offers free economic, demographic and financial data

LinkedIn – professional social networking

Moderator – This Google tool allows you to get user feedback and voting

Pligg – Open source, PHP + MySQL, social publishing content management

PolicyMap – Free basic access service to demographic maps and charts

Vistaprint – 250 free business cards, pay only for shipping

YouNoodle – Global entrepreneurship networking and start-up evaluation

Vimeo – High definition video sharing

Organization / Productivity

CutePDF – Free basic CutePDF Writer and PDF converter

Doodle – Free basic scheduling

FlockDraw – Whiteboard based painting and drawing tool

Google – Many free services including Google Docs (open, edit & create), Drive (cloud storage), Sheets (spreadsheets), Forms (surveys), Calendar and GMail.

Mural.ly – Virtual bulletin board meets video conference, great for brainstorming with team members wherever they are

OpenOffice.org – Open source software for word processing, spread sheets, databases and more, most Microsoft compatible

Survey Monkey – Free basic survey creation and publishing

Wufoo – Free basic HTML form and database creator

Wunderlist – Create and share lists with friends and family with real-time sync, also has IM feature

Zoho – Business, productivity and collaboration apps

Project Management

LogMeIn – Free 5GB cloud storage and remote systems administration

ProjectStat.us – Free basic project collaboration and 500 MB cloud storage

Remember the Milk – Task management and to-do lists, compatible with Google Calendar, Evernote and Siri

Team Task – Project manager and community website builder for small teams

Yugma – Free basic one-on-one web conferencing with 30 minutes of time

Security

1Password – Password management system with the ability to customize security levels

Adeona – Open source software for tracking lost or stolen laptops, created and run by Washington University

AVG – Free version of AVG Antivirus

Lastpass – Password management system also has online document backup

Malwarebytes – Malware protection and removal

Storage

Adrive – free basic service offers 50GB of cloud storage

DropBox – As they say, “Your stuff, anywhere”

jZip – free WinZip alternative opens Zip files and creates compatible ones

Mozy – free MozyHome account featuring file sync, access anywhere, and online backup

OneDrive – 15 GB free cloud storage from Microsoft

Web Services

000WebHosting.com – Free web hosting with 1500 MB space and 100 GB monthly data transfer

1and1.com – While not free, the basic web site creation and hosting package is only 99 cents a month and includes a free domain name

DoodleKit – Website and blog creator, web hosting

FreeHosting.com – Free web hosting with 10 GB space and 250 GB monthly data transfer; supports Shockwave and Flash

Google Alerts – Monitor the web for interesting content

1and1.com – While not free, the basic web site creation and hosting package is only 99 cents a month and includes a free domain name

Weebly – Create websites and blogs

Wix – HTML5 website creator and web hosting

Woopra – Free basic web analytics and tracking services

Yola – Free 3 page website, 1 GB bandwidth and storage and Yola subdomain

Check out a great article from WikiHow here on how to create a truly free website, including a free domain name.

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