Killer free tools to build and manage your startups

No founder can do everything on their own. And not all founder has million dollars investment either.

Below is my list of favourite free tools to get your business off the ground running in weeks. So you can focus on the important things, like building product portfolio, or writing a musical!

Business

  • Javelin – Quickly test startup idea, market fit the and customer.
  • The Name App – quickly test available domain and social handlings
  • Impossibility – business name generator and domain availability tester
  • Work From – find nearby coffee, co-working space with Wifi for remote superstars

Logo & Branding

  • Signature – Create business email signature in 60 seconds
  • Logaster – Professional easy logo generator. Insert your brand name and industry. Full branding package available on upgrade.
  • Hipster Logo Generator – Self drag & drop logo design. Trendy hipster style.
  • Signature Maker – Handwritten realistic digital signature maker

Productivity & Communications

  • Slack – team communications anywhere
  • Trello – agile project management tool, keep track of big picture and details
  • Google Drive – team’s 15GB cloud storage with online collaboration tool
  • Go To Meeting – Free online team meeting wth screen sharing
  • Real Time Board – Like whiteboard, but optimised for digital real-time collaboration
  • Dashlane – Keep track of your passwords. Automatically log in on every website and every device.
  • Rescue Time – Track time spent on each task and optimise for productivity
  • When I Work – Employee scheduling and communication. Mobile app supports, free for under 100 employees.

Forms

  • Type Forms – Beautiful hip digital forms, including registration, employee evaluation, feedbacks
  • Tally – create any poll in minimalistic website

Legal & Finance

  • Shake – easy legal documents generation and templates. Send, sign and stored online.
  • Docracy – free legal document templates, including co-founder contracts. Available to send online or download.
  • WaveApps – free accounting software: payroll, invoice, receipt scanning, etc.
  • Slimvoice – free unlimited stylish invoice. Send PDF & track outstanding balance.
  • InvoiceTo – free corporate invoice generator. Send online invoice and can sync payment with Stripe

Writing Check

  • Grammarly – Google Chrome extension. correct spelling and grammar as you type

Customer Support & Engagement

  • Livechat 24-7 – Free live chat and chat bots that learn as you engage with customers
  • Helprace – Free personalised help desk, customer’s feedbacks and engagement platform

Press Coverage & Review

  • Submit.co – Get press coverage for your startup, mostly technology
  • NewswireToday – Submit your press release for media pickups

Emails

  • Mailchimp – free 12,000 eDMs to 2000 users monthly. drag & drop email design. report & sign-up forms.
  • Sending Blue – transactional emails, free 9k emails/month
  • Canned Emails – minimalistic website with prewritten emails (to all the minutes you’ll save from not typing “Look forward to hearing from you soon”)
  • Good email copy – email copy from great companies like Pinterest, Everlane, Trello, etc.
  • Contactually – Email templates for any occasion
  • Gorgias Templates – keyword shortcut email templates for Gmail, Inbox by Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Outlook, Zendesk

SEO

  • Open Link Profiler – review and rate all backlinks to your website
  • Nibbler – test any website, including backlinks, social media profiles, code quality, on-page headings and meta tags, etc.
  • SEO Site Checkup – test including Google search results, on-page description, site speed, keywords usage, sitemaps, backlinks, social media, etc.
  • Similar Web – analyse any website’s digital presence and activities, compare and benchmark with competitors’
  • Keywords everywhere – Free browser add-on for keyword volume, CPC & competition

Onsite Optimisation

  • Hello Bar – easily insert a Call-To-Action bar to your website to collect email, promote sales, gain social interactions, etc.

UI/UX

  • UI Garage – Collection of UI ideas and designs for mobile, tablet and desktop
  • Pricing page – Collection of amazing UI designs for your pricing, checkout and product pages
  • Design Mill – Design freebies, including mockups, icons, fonts, templates and code sources
  • Freebies Bug – Collection of web design free resources

Designs

  • Canva – simple graphic design including social media, invitation, website banner, or anything. Drag & drop design box.
  • Easel.ly – Free infographic and visual creator
  • Recite – Turn any quote into powerful visual
  • Meme Generator – (world’s first) free meme generator
  • Freeabbble – design elements, templates, fonts, graphics, icons, UI kits.
  • Dunnnk – Free tech product mockups on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Apple Watch
  • ColorZilla – Google Chrome extension. Pick the precise colour from browser.
  • Image Optim – Resize images to take less disk space and load faster. Download Mac app or use web service.
  • Pablo – design social media images in pre-set dimension in 30s
  • Coolors – Generate and explore colour palettes that work

Royalty High-res Images – CC0 license

Social Media Management

  • Later – visually plan and schedule free monthly post on Instagram (30), Twitter (50) and Facebook (30). Integrated report
  • Social Rank – identify, analyse and manage your followers on Twitter & Instagram
  • RiteKit – instant auto-hashtagging with analysis, automate social posting and add Call-To-Action to links
  • How Many Shares – count social engagement interactions of any URL. This is great for social report.
  • Social Analytics – Chrome extension shows interactions for an URL on most social platforms.
  • WriteRack – automatically format long text into series of tweets and post them one after another
  • Coschedule – “Click to tweet” box to insert in blog post
  • Add This – Increase shares, follows, subscriptions and conversions
  • Filament – Customisable content sharing bar and tracking
  • Bitly – URL shortener and analysis
  • Goo.gl – Google URL shortener and analysis

Social Content Curation

  • CrowdFire – automate content generation and posting, promote relevant products – learn to understand your business goal and customers by connecting with your website, blogs and social accounts.
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