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Google Analytics – free and good enough for all your analytics needs
Google Keyword Planner – see how many people are searching relevant terms
Facebook Ads – use the targeting options to compare the approximate size and location of various interests and demographics
APR calculators help you find the effective annual percentage rate (APR) for loans such as a mortgage, auto, or any fixed-rate type of loan. Typically, the APR is the stated interest rate of the loan averaged over 12 months. To use this APR Calculator, simply input your loan amount, interest rate, loan term, and financing fees and the calculator will do the rest!
Glyphicons – icon set
500px – non-cheesy stock photography
Flickr Creative commons – search for photos with the appropriate usage rights
Subtle Patterns – pretty much what it says on the tin; for backgrounds and textures
Kickstarter – crowd-fund via pre-selling your products
Indiegogo – crowd-fund via donations with a focus on arts and creative projects, including some which aren’t allowed on KickStarter
f6s – listing of all accelerator programs (and lots of other info) and a social network for startups and angels
AngelList – social network and funding platform for startups and angels
The Funded – reviews and testimonials of investors from the founders’ perspective; do your investor due diligence here
This site has a lot of information on how to write a business plan, develop your elevator pitch and much more! Great resource for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and knowledge levels.
Association for Enterprise Opportunity
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity or better known as AEO, has been helping entrepreneurs since 1991. AEO has over 1,700 members and and provide capital and services to assist undeserved entrepreneurs in starting, growing and managing their businesses.
SBA Business Tools
SBA’s suite of tools helps entrepreneurs at any stage of their business venture. They offer business counseling, business planning, contracting opportunities with the government, and seminars to grow your business. In short, there’s something here for everyone!
Lean Domain Search – suggests all available .com with a given keyword somewhere in the name
Instant Domain Search – quickly check specific domain availability
Namecheap – register your domains
NYC Bar – https://www.nycbar.org/for-the-public/free-legal-services
The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) – https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/projects/neighborhood-entrepreneur-law-project/
The Legal Aid Society – Home
NY Legal Assistance Group – Home
New York Law School – https://www.nyls.edu/academics/office_of_clinical_and_experiential_learning/clinics/non-profit-small-business-clinic/non-profit-small-business-clinic-clients/
WE Legal – https://we.nyc/we-legal/
JUSTIA Lawyers – https://www.justia.com/lawyers/business-law/new-york/new-york-city/legal-aid-and-pro-bono-services
Fiverr – pay $5 (or a bit more) for tasks ranging from logo design to copywriting
99designs – crowdsource design tasks (especially logos) for a few hundred dollars
elance – various freelancers (assume you’ll hire several for trial projects before finding good ones)
Clarity.fm – pay-by-the-minute advice from various startup specialists
Dribbble – browse designer portfolios, many of whom also freelance
TextIt – create SMS applications without programming (e.g. for the developing world)
Twilio – makes phone calls and SMS as easy to program as websites
Docracy – open source legal documents
Paul Graham’s Essays – read the whole archive
Tropical MBA – 250 podcast episodes comprising the best source of knowledge on location independence and manufacturing businesses
Seth Godin’s Startup School – 15 audio episodes covering a Seth’s take on getting entrepreneurial
Moz Learn – solid knowledge base on inbound marketing
Square (US) or iZettle (elsewhere) – accept credit card payments with your phone, e.g. for market stalls and contractors
Stripe – best payment processing online
GoCardless (UK) – accept direct debit payments
Gumroad – easily sell digital files like PDFs, videos, and links
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Createspace – upload a PDF, sell a printed book via Amazon
Newspaper Club – ever wanted your own newspaper?
The Game Crafter – prototype and sell your board and card games
Shapeways – high quality 3D printing in a wide range of materials including gold and silver (for jewelry) and ceramics (for household goods); great for prototyping and market-testing physical products
Alibaba – cut out the middle man and buy anything you want directly from the manufacturer; if you’ve ever wanted a 40′ shipping container full of go karts, this is the place for you
Slack – chat and messaging to reduce internal email load, with one room per major project
Github – repository for your source code plus task lists and collaboration with your developers
Dropbox – all company files should be here, not on email attachments or personal folders
Streak – simple CRM plugin for Gmail to manage and share your sales leads
Trello – digital kanban board for project management
Basecamp – use it for project management with external teams who don’t know Trello workflow
Stormboard – digital sticky notes for remote brainstorming and workshops
Meldium – team password sharing and management
Squarespace – visual site builder with good themes and integrations with stores, payments, newsletters, etc.
Strikingly – easy site builder for nice single-page sites like manifestos, personal/company pages, or landing pages
Shopify – for e-commerce and online stores
Themeforest – if you need something custom, start by buying a $30 theme and editing it
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