When I started my first business, a short-lived service business way back in 2013, I created a sort of "swipe file" Google doc where I'd save any tools or articles that I found useful.
Well, the damn thing kept growing and growing until I ended up with over 1000 different resources for entrepreneurs.
I shared the doc privately with some friends of mine, and earlier this year I finally managed to convert it into the most comprehensive list of tools for entrepreneurs on the internet.
It took me over 40 hours to bring the damn thing to life, but my pain is now your pleasure. My complete list of kick-ass resources for entrepreneurs is finally ready for public consumption.
No matter what stage of your business you are at, there is something for you in this.
So grab a coffee, bookmark this page, and get ready to journey down the entrepreneurial rabbit hole.
To make it easy for you to browse, I've divided it into 6 sections:
Stage one: Get inspired
It all starts with an idea. And then work. Lots and lots of work.
Below we've listed out resources for those entrepreneurs and creatives in need of inspiration..
..Maybe you need that first stroke of inspiration to finally start building your app (Uber for ground squirrels)..
..Or maybe you've already been grinding, have hit the dip, and need a little pick me up.
Wherever you are at, you should find at least one damn inspiring idea below.
4 Inspiring Entrepreneurs (+ a Cool Tool!)
Tim Ferriss: Test, Teach, Scale
Tim Ferriss needs no introduction. He’s the author of the bestselling book 4 Hour Work Week, which became the bible for lifestyle entrepreneurs the world over. Because of his stature, Ferriss is able to land guests on his podcast that others aren’t.
Pat Flynn: Smart Passive (And Ethical) Income
Patt Flynn is an online guru who will show you how to monetize your business website by adding tons of value to your potential customers.
There’s always something to learn from Pat and what I like about him most is that he comes off as a genuine human being, not a huckster.
Tony Robbins: Totally is your Guru
Everybody knows Tony. If you want to get a peek at what happens in his programs, watch his special on Netflix titled “I am Not Your Guru.” It’s incredible.
James Altucher: More than just “The Bitcoin Guy”
James Altucher interviews world-class guests who are extremely successful and bright on his podcast, where he plays the role of an inquisitive student.
You can argue that he did a lot of damage to his brand by morphing into “The Bitcoin Guy” last year, but the value of his podcast still speaks volumes.
Interested in world class advice on how to start a business, or scale one to 8 figures and beyond?
If you are, then visit Clarity.fm now. The concept is amazing – you browse through the website, choose the expert you want to get advice from, and then pay per minute on a call with them.
Get inspiration for your next web design. I’ll tell you right now though, comic sans is a bad idea.
Get over a thousand of collections of marketing designs in almost every market, including yours.
Check out the best flat graphic design sites and apps every day.
It’s 2018, skeuomorphic is out and flat is in!
The world’s biggest UI design database.
Get inspiration for your next landing page. Search, find, and get inspiration for your offer page.
A search engine for designs.
Discover and showcase your designs with others.
Get feedbacks about your graphic design from a community of designers.
Get plenty of design inspiration and UI design tools for your next project.
Get daily material graphic designs for inspiration.
One Page Love
Get plenty of design inspiration for a One Page website.
Get design inspirations and patterns for mobile devices.
The world’s best free resources for web designers and developers.
Stage two: Learn
As you may already know, doing is WAY more important than knowing for entrepreneurs.
Everyone has a million dollar idea, but few people execute it.
That said, the most successful entrepreneurs I know are action-oriented, but they are insatiably curious.
Below are more than enough resources to satiate that curiosity.
MOOCS (Massively Open Online Courses)
Build a career in computer science, business, data science, and more at Coursera. No application is required. There are over 2000+ courses from universities like Yale and Stanford.
Learn anything about any subject in any level. Find content and resources created by the experts. Always free.
Learn to code interacting with other coders, for free.
Udemy is jam-packed with strategical and inexpensive video-based courses that will teach you just about anything you want to learn.
Lynda has plenty of courses (over 6,000) on technology, business, and creative skills.
You’ll have to subscribe to their monthly subscription model, while Udemy charges a fee for each course you take.
Other Education Resources
Go High Brow
Go High Brow sends a daily 5-minute lesson about business directly to your inbox.
Teachable is an online course creation platform for business leaders and change makers who want to help their audience learn and grow.
It’s easy to plug a course right into your website, and they offer all kinds of actionable tips on how to launch and monetize your course.
Fit Small Business
Fit Small Business produces actionable, engaging, and highly relevant content for small business owners. Plus, their website is easy on the eyes and clean (unlike so many small business blogs out there).
Learn photography, design, development, business, and other subjects with online classes taught by the best practioners in their field.
Learn about how to start a business from successful entreprenuers.
Learn more about shut-down startups and learn why they shut down.
Launch This Year
An online free guide to help you launch your business.
Listen to interviews about entrepreneurial topics, insights, startup videos and podcast, and learn from their story.
Guides and Courses
Get free beginner guides and courses to successful blogging.
Become a better marketer with a free email course.
Build an online course
Learn how to build an online course for free.
A free, engaging eBook about maximizing Customer Lifetime Value.
Easy to read and jargon-free marketing courses (by Google).
Know how much you should charge for your services with this free 9-day course.
Email Course for Sponsorships
Get sponsorships for anything.
Startup Sales Course
Scrappy startup just starting to make its mark in the world? Use this course to become better at closing deals with bigger, more profitable clients and customers.
Helpful Resources for Free
Co-founder equity calculator for your startup. Be VERY protective of equity.
Ad Spend Calculator
Paid ads can be a good idea, if they produce the right kind of results for you (signups, or sales) at the right price.
Use this handy tool to estimate your ad spend, and start generating more profits while keeping your spends at minimum.
Easily and quickly estimate the cost of making a mobile app. Find out how much it will cost to make an Android or iOS app.
App vs. Website!
If you’re not sure whether you should build a website or an app, use this simple tool to help you figure out instantly.
I’ll tell you right now though, 99% of people should just make a website.
This online pitch creator helps you create, prepare, and improve your pitch – from elevator pitches to investor presentations, using their helpful examples.
Stage three: Get productive
You've got your idea, you've MVP'd it, and now it's time to grind. The tools below will help you to do just that.
Trello is a virtual team management tool, and extremely easy to use and helps everyone on the team to get things done, fast. There’s no need to send email back and forth. All you have to do is login, get things done, and post updates, and you’re done.
Do you have lots of video and audio content on your website and want to convert them into text? Try Rev! It will help you instantly create written words out of your video and podcast so that you’ll get SEO value of written texts on your website or blog.
And it’s only $1 per minute, which is an incredible bargain, don’t you think?
If you’re always on the go, and can’t seem to relax when your business is hectic, you should try Muse. It monitors your brain waves and tells you when you are not relaxing. This personal meditation assistance allows you to take a break and meditate for only 3 minutes per day so that you can get back to business when the days are hectic.
Control Yourself, You Animal!
For Mac users. Free app to help you avoid visiting distracting websites and improve your productivity.
For Windows users. Avoid going to distracting websites temporarily to boost your productivity.
Soothing Background Sounds
Noisli generates a soothing background noise – rain, coffee shop, or white noise – and color so that you can relax and focus on your work.
Defonic is a noise generator that allows you to create your own unique sound environment to use as background noise in the office or at home.
DesignersMX is a one stop shop to fuel your creativity, and discover what motivates others. It is designed by designers, for designers, and you’ll find plenty of curated playlists.
Noizio increases your productivity by drowning out the noise of the street and allowing you to focus on the work at hand.
Coffitivity streams the sounds of a coffee shop to increase your productivity and creativity so that you can work better as you type away.
Get free audio samples, snippets and recordings from a huge collaborative database of creative-commons licensed sound for sound lovers and musicians.
Get UI sounds and sound effects delivered directly to your inbox every month.
Grab Spotify’s popular playlist to improve your concentration at work and improve productivity.
Get free UI sounds for iOS apps.
If you have a business idea, Skitch helps you make it a reality, extremely fast.
Germ.io gives you a step-by-step execution plan of action for your business idea so that you can stay on track and get the most out of your investment.
Experiment Board will help you quickly and easily test your startup idea properly, and thus, save both time and money for you.
Organize and Collaborate
With Evernote on your PC and mobile devices, your work will always be organized and clutter-free, and your notes will always be with you and in sync.
Cloud-based service for file sharing and storage. Get 2GB of free space for free.
Keeps your attention on your work. Don’t waste time going back and forth between Gmail and your project management tools.
With Yanado, you can manage your project right inside your Gmail account.
Upload and share images and files. Your upload file size can be up 50 MB. Your upload will stay online for 24 hours. It’s fast, private, and free.
Simplest way to share your files with others – free for up to 2GB.
An iOS app for bookmarking interesting stories and articles, and reading it later.
Bring all of your work items, conversations, and tools into one plac. Solve problems, prioritize work, search and organize your teams and locations. It’s free for non-profits use and for teams of five.
Insanely powerful chat and messaging app for team discussions. It’s available for both desktop and mobile devices. Improve productivity, efficiency, and teamwork.
It’s free to sign up!
Bring conversations and chats to life with emoji, photos, and group video calls. Connect with your friends and team members across computers, iOS, and Android devices.
Say goodbye to bad (low quality) conference calls, and say hi to free high quality audio conference calling across all your devices – Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android.
Make work experience better with Slack. Amazing features – search, real time messaging, archiving, and more – free for unlimited users with a few specific limitations.
Whenever you spot anything you want to view later, simply put it Pocket.
FreeBusy quickly looks at everyone’s calandar and finds common free time and eliminates coordination headaches when setting up a meeting. It’s super easy to use and free.
Use RealTimeBoard to create amazing products and services.
Witkit offers everything for you to get your work done from one place. It is a secure platform for teams so that you can store confidential files – 50GB of free encrypted data storage – without a worry.
Get Office Space
If you want to get a perfect office that matches your personal needs, then use Get Digsy. You can describe your office – for both retail and industrial spaces – and Digsy will dig out available spaces that match your needs.
Digsy also keeps your contact details private.
If you want to find commercial real estate listings all in one place- use 42Floors. It quickly scours the internet and finds you the freshest top listings.
Once you find a space that matches your requirements, they’ll also hook you up with a certified broker so that you don’t have to go through the struggle.
Breather is the leading provider of space-as-a-service, with its growing network of workspaces built for productivity.
Breather gives businesses access to a variety of private space solutions on the most flexible terms – by the hour, day or month with hundreds of spaces available across 10 cities including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London.
Powered by its proprietary technology, Breather makes it easy to find space for quick meetings and full-day offsites, or longer-term solutions for your entire office.
If you want to get online commercial leasing tips without having to hire an expensive real estate broker or a lawyer, then you’ll love Lease Ref. Simply upload your lease and within seconds you’ll get a “score card” on it, as well as useful tips on what to do next.
Remote Working for Digital Nomads
Discover all the houses around the world where nomads live and work together.
WiFi, coffee and good vibes.
What’s It Like
Find out WHEN to go to your next travel destination.
Founded X Startup Stats
Get the latest stats on the best country to start your business.
Find the best cities to live and work remotely.
Free, Useful Stuff
Copy Paste Character
Simply click to copy or press ALT for multiple ones.
Generate random fake names for designs and mock-ups. (Over 48 regions are supported with over 1.2 million possible combination. 100% open-source)
Find and generate avatars for graphic designs and user interfaces.
Resize the browser window to see how it looks on various screen resolutions.
Get free UI sounds and sound effects delivered directly to your inbox every month.
Upwork is the number one online job marketplace for freelancers around the globe. Freelancers have detailed profiles and their desired dollar amount per hour posted.
You can find great bargains here with people who are looking to build a good track record and are willing to do underpriced work.
Virtual Staff Finder
Virtual Staff Finder is a respected and well-known company owned by Chris Ducker. Currently, he lives in the Phillipines, and offers Filipino virtual assistants (VAs) for all kinds of business tasks.
You’ll have to pay around $500, but they’ll do all the legwork and introduce you to three candidates. Then, you interview them on Skype and choose who you want to work with.
There’s also another website, https://www.onlinejobs.ph/, that allows you to post your own job for $50 and do all the screenings.
Toptal is the grandest version of Upwork.
Did you know that only 3% of people who join Toptal get accepted (although anyone can join on Upwork and Fiverr)?
So, there’s no doubt you’ll be getting highly talented workforce (and, of course, you’ll be paying higher fees).
Fiverr has plenty of freelancers who will complete your business tasks for as little as $5 per task. These freelancers are talented people who live in countries where living costs are low and can produce really quality work.
Remember, not all freelancers are amazing, so you’ll have to do your research, try out different people and choose the ones you like.
You only pay $5 to test the quality of each candidate and it’s worth the effort.
Stage four: Design
Are you ready for the truly masochistic pursuit of learning how to design?
Don't worry, I've got you covered.
Turns out, good design is way more than "making it pop". It involves an OCD attention to detail in things like margins, padding, and font kerning (don't get me started...).
Indulge your inner madman (or madwoman) and journey down the design rabbit hole below. Just don't say that I didn't warn you.
Logo and Branding
Hipster Logo Generator
It’s stylish, it’s hip, and it’s trendy. It’s Hipster Logo Generator!
If you are like me and don’t know how to use Photoshop or other image editing software, but want to create a professional looking logo that’ll help your brand stand out from the crowd, you’ll love trying Logaster – a professional online logo generator and logo maker.
Try it: it’s free!
Squarespace Free Logo
If you’re not motivated to create a logo for your business, or don’t want to hire an expensive graphic designer to create a business logo for you, then why not grab a logo for free?
At Squarespace Free Logo, you can download plenty of free (lower resolution version) logos for free and use the one that matches your website design theme.
Signature Maker lets your create your digital handwritten signature – which you can insert in your emails, PDF documents, eBooks, and other digital file formats.
It’s a web-based tool so that you can use from anywhere, anytime. Also, it’s free!
Beautiful Free Icons
Icon creator that quickly and easily generates iOS icons and Android icons of all sizes.
Discover beautiful icons from Foundation, Font Awesome, IcoMoon, Glyphicons, Ionicons, Material Design, and Octicons.
Discover over 4000 free vector icons, and make custom icon fonts with a free HTML5 app.
It was built by Min Kim, the famous business owner who also runs App Monstr, Email-Gallery, and Endless Photos.
Get an endless number of beautiful flat icons for your creative projects.
Easily and quickly generate resolution-independent social icons of any shape, size, and color.
The Noun Project
Get over 1000s of glyph icons from different artists.
Unleash over 1000s of custom designed icons, and 60 free vector PSD icons. With IconSweets 2, you can create beautiful custom icons for your iPhone, Android, and iPad apps.
Simple and easy to use icon creator that allows you to create custom-sized icons for iOS and Android apps.
High-quality, flat, and beautiful icons for millions of graphic designers and developers. Icon Finder offers world’s largest archives of free and premium icons.
Get over 1450 premium free icons, 448 smart icons, and free vector icons in PNG, SVG, EPS format.
Get 3600 radical geometric icons and 100 free vector icons – perfect for making your web interfaces, UI designs, and apps stand out in the crowd.
App Icon Template
Free app icon creator for iOS, Android, and OS X.
Get pixel-perfect free vector icons with character. Free to use.
Royalty free flat icon creator and customizer. Get over 565000+ free vector icons in PNG, EPS, PSD, and EPS format.
Find open-source fonts that’ll make your website look more beautiful, open, and fast through awesome typography.
Get 1000s of free, high quality, and completely legal fonts.
Fontface Ninja is a browser extension that allows you to analyze, try, bookmark and even buy any fonts you see on any website.
Get thousands of beautiful fonts for designs from the world’s leading type foundries.
Beautiful Web Type
Discover the best typefaces right from the Google web fonts directory. Over 600+ typefaces.
The world’s biggest archive of beautiful downloadable fonts.
Discover nearly perfect font combinations for your next website design.
1001 Free Fonts
Download over 36,000 fonts in over 19000 font families. (Download fonts for Windows and Macintosh.)
Fontello displays archives with fonts, docs, and CSS files.
Discover over 565000+ free vector icons in SVG, PNG, PSD, and EPS formats or as ICON FONT.
Free fonts for icons, and CSS toolkit.
Adobe Edge Fonts
A free service from Adobe that offers you access to thousands of fonts for your site.
Get breathtaking, high quality, and best photos – gathered in one place.
Get free stock photos for your website.
Search, uncover, and use high quality images for your website within seconds.
Get free (high-resolution) photos and videos for your site. Do whatever you want with it.
Make magic with free high-resolution pictures. Unleash your creativity and reach its full potential.
Be a part of the journey of the Portuguese guy heading east.
All The Free Stock
Get hundreds of thousands of free icons, images, and videos that you can use in your personal or commercial projects.
Get high resolution photographs for personal and commercial use, for free.
Travel Coffee Book
Share your travel memories with others.
Search, find, and get HD-quality free video clips and footages.
Startup Stock Photos
Get off the couch, set the timer, and go make something.
Death to the Stock Photo
Get a free subscription and they’ll send free photos to your inbox on a monthly basis.
Get HD-quality food pictures for free.
Get free photos from the world’s super famous interaction designer- Folkert Gorter.
Get more HD-quality images for free.
Get 7 high quality imagesdelivered to your inbox, 7 days a week.
Get fresh, modern, and beautiful photos for free.
Get curated content and free resources for your project.
The easiest, fastest, and best way to discover breathtaking photos that’ll help your site stand out from the crowd.
Simple and easy-to-use, yet a powerful color picker in the market for graphic designers and web developers.
Get the colors used by popular brands – like Nike, MacDonalds, Virgins, and more.
Grab colors from your images.
Automatically create gradients using just your computer.
Flat UI Colors
Create beautiful flat colors in no time.
Simple and easy to use the color scheme designer for your site.
0 to 255
Use it to find variations of any color.
Adobe Color CC
Get free color combinations from the Kuler.
Simple, smart, and easy-to-use color picker on the Internet.
Palette for Chrome
Generate a color palette from any image you choose.
New Flat UI Color Picker
Find best flat colors for graphic design.
Super fast color palette generator for super cool web designers.
Free color scheme generator.
Get a wide range of color schemes for flat designs.
Easily convert Hex to RGB.
Easy to use, simple, and free color picker.
Material UI Colors
Generate material UI color palette for iOS, Android, and Web.
Get UI Colors
Get breathtaking UI colors for your designs.
Generate and export Material Design color palette.
Get high quality graphic designs from Dribbble, all for free.
Beautiful design resources made with extreme care for each pixel.
Get all free and premium design resources for professional use.
Get a free PSD everyday.
Get gorgeous PSD resources for your site, curated by Gilbert Pellegrom.
Unleash your creative juices with free stuff from Premium Pixels.
Type the word “freebie” in the Dribbble search box and discover freebie treasure.
Get free design resources from top designers in the industry.
Get beautiful handcrafted web resources for free.
Get iFree graphics for free.
Discover and chose freebies and get them delivered directly to your Dropbox account.
Get best design freebies from Dribbble and Behance.
The number one design KIT for iOS users.
Get tech news, PSDs, and other vital resources for your site for free.
Discover and use more graphical resources for your site.
Discover free tutorials, graphic resources, PSDs, and HTML snippets.
Get latest PSDs and other design resources for free.
Free Section of Pixeden
If you’re a graphic designer, consider yourself lucky: get thousands of free design resources for your site.
Free Section of Creative Market
Get free design resources every Monday.
Create amazing graphic designs – blog graphics, Facebook covers, posters, flyers, presentations, invitations, and more – all for your site.
Skitch helps turn your ideas into reality faster. You can get your most brilliant ideas across with few words using shapes, annotation, and sketches. It works on Mac, iPad, and Windows PCs.
Forget Photoshop. Use Pixlr. It’s a simple and free browser-based photo editor that is developed to meet all your editing needs.
You can have 100% control over your photos, including effects and layers.
A simple web-based image creation tool that allows you to create and share breathtaking visuals (flyers, posters, blog images, infographics, etc.).
No graphic design experience is needed.
Social Image Resizer Tool
Create, crop, and resize custom-sized, optimized images for social media- for free.
Generate beautiful product (app or site) mock-ups and templates for free and insert them into the iPhone and iPad mock-ups templates.
It’s faster and more efficient than a PSD mockup.
Grab a quote and turn it into a visual masterpiece. You can also download and share it on your social media.
The world’s first web-based (free) meme generating tool allows you to easily and quickly find new viral memes on the web.
Or, you can create your own and caption your favorite character.
Create optimized (proper size and format) images for all your social media profiles in less than 30 seconds.
Stage five: Write
Even if you aren't an aspiring Hemmingway, if you are selling anything online, then writing is an integral part of that process.
You might talk good 'n stuff, but unless you can put pen to paper and convey your ideas with ease, selling online is going to be tough.
The resources below aren't going to turn you into James Joyce, but they'll get you started.
Writing and Blogging
Hemingway App allows you to write bold and clear by highlighting long, complex sentences, and removing common errors.
You can learn interesting ideas from the best people who know what they are doing.
Topics range from politics to technology and creativity – whatever interest you may have, this website covers it in detail.
Grammarly is a digital writing assistant that helps you say what you mean with clarity, effectiveness, and confidence wherever you type. And yes, it’s free to use! Grammarly Premium includes our plagiarism checker along with additional grammar, spelling, and punctuation checks and writing enhancement suggestions.
Do you have an amazing story to share or an excellent idea to pitch? If yes, then Story Wars is the place to be – a place where creative writers from all over the globe come together to share their amazing ideas through their thoughts.
At Story Wars, everyone is welcome to create a story and pitch an idea.
ZenPen is a simple, clutter free text editor that allows you to focus on your writing.
If you wish to create an eBook and become the next best-selling author on any subject, then Liberio is the tool you must have in your entrepreneurs handbag.
This simple eBook creation tool helps you create eBooks and publish them right from the comfort of your Google Drive.
Can’t seem to finish your novel? Try BlankPage. It’s a simple writing service that is developed to help aspiring novelist stay inspired and finish their works in progress.
WP Hide Post
WP Hide Post is a free WordPress Plugin that helps you with SEO optimization. It lets you create tons of content on your blog without making you change its meaning.
Tired of being in front of the computer screen typing all day long? Not a clue how time flew by without feeling productive? Try E.ggtimer.com – or egg timer – is a simple countdown timer that allows you to set a time and start writing and feeling productive.
The best part is that you can also set a countdown to a specific date.
You can use Free Summarizer to quickly and easily summarize any long piece of writing in just a few clicks. And, of course, it’s absolutely free to use.
CoSchedule is the number one marketing tool available for you to organize everything you need. With CoSchedule, you can manage your entire marketing strategy under one roof.
If you have valuable content on your website or blog, and you want to boost its likes, shares, +1s or tweets, then use the SocialLocker tool. This free WordPress plugin locks your most valuable content behind a set of social buttons – Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc. – so that visitors have to like, share, +1s or tweet them to unlock. It also helps improve your SEO rankings.
You can visit Wattpad to find interesting stories to read and share. It’s a gobal community where people from all over the world come to share and read stories. You’ll definitely find some stories to keep you hooked.
Known allows you to publish your blog posts, pictures, and media on your website as well as syndicate them to your social media profiles, while keeping everything on your own website.
Do you often forget to write a post for the next week? How about the week after that?
You see, WordPress doesn’t make it easy for you to see when your posts are scheduled. That’s when Editorial Calendar comes to your rescue. This free WordPress plugin gives you an overview of your blog and shows you when each post is scheduled to be published.
You can even use the drag and drop feature to move your posts, edit your posts right in the calendar, and basically, manage your entire blog.
DBook is an online solution that lets you write large and complicated texts in a collaborative, structured, and secure way. And, of course, it is free to use.
A5.gg is a small note taking tool that helps you jot down important things you need to remember. It saves your text automatically so that when you return, it is still there.
Newsletters That Rock!
The best email marketing tool available for website owners and marketers. They also offer a free 30-day course to help you double (or triple) your email list.
Just imagine where your business will be if you just doubled your subscribers (a 7-figure business!).
Design for Hackers
Take a web design course online. Courses are delivered right to your inbox.
Also, grab a copy of David Kadvy’s best-selling “Design for Hackers.”
A curated daily digest of timely, must-read posts by investors and operators, the Mattermark Daily provides content from thought leaders in venture capitalism, startups, technology innovations, and related enterprises. More than 100,000 entrepreneurs and business professionals read the newsletter for best practices on how to pitch investors, raise financing, hire talent, manage a board, and much more.
Not sure how much you should charge for your work? Don’t panic! This free online course will help you charge exactly what you’re worth.
No more underpricing your work, and no more bad clients who slave you around for a meager wage.
Sign up for Startup Digest and start attending lots of events. Startup Digest is a personalized newsletter for everything concerning startup in Silicon Valley and surrounding areas.
UX Design Weekly
Get a healthy dose of best user experience design links every week.
Move gently from graphic design to UX design. It’s a quick roadmap for graphic designers to become UX designers. Join over 20,000 readers across the world.
Legal Documents (I can’t figure out a subheader to make these sound exciting, but they are good)
Shake lets you create, sign, and send legal documents within seconds. You can use it for personal use, absolutely for free.
Docracy has a huge collection of free legal documents.
If you are an investor or thinking about starting a new business, Kiss is the tool you can use to create free legal binding documents.
Stage six: Build
Business and Domain Name Generators
Domainr lets you find short url domain names for your business. It’s free and within seconds it displays a row of domain name suggestions based on the keyword phrase you enter.
Impossibility is considered to be the best domain name generator out there by many. So, go ahead and pick the most suitable domain name for your project.
Short and catchy business names grab prospective client’s attention and Wordoid helps you discover one, quickly and easily.
Short Domain Search
Short Domain Search helps you find short, relevant and single-word names for your project.
The Name App
Have a brilliant idea for your next startup? The Name App helps you find catchy business names within seconds.
Namium helps you find a perfect matching name for your business.
Lean Domain Search
Fast, free, and easy to use: the web-based domain name generator that discovers highly relevant domain names for your business.
Hipster Business Name
As the name implies, Hipster Business Name – a web-based business name generator – generates trendy and catchy business names for you so that you can stand out from a pool of competing businesses in your niche.
Development and Code Things
Development platform for building a better software, together. You can host, review code, manage a project, and build.
Visual Studio is a comprehensive collection of development tools and services that allows you to create apps easily, in any language and for any platform.
You can also try their MAC and Windows code editor, VSTS, or IDE for free.
Make a fantastic search engine free of charge (with some limitations). Swittype is a cloud-based search platform that offers all the tools you need.
Hive is a productive tool for teams. Give your team members an insanely powerful dashboard with all their files, actions, and messages.
It’s first free unlimited cloud service.
Make sure all your new code is fully covered and see coverage trends emerge. Free for open-source codes.
LingoHub is a powerful translation tool. It helps you connect with other leading translators. With LingoHub, you can easily optimize and automate your translation workflow.
It’s free for educational projects, small teams, and open-source usage.
Stream, compute, and visualize data from all the sources connected to the internet, and get all the answers you need.
Codec automatically reviews your code and keeps track of code quality over time.
Find over 20 billion lines of code snippets, API documentations, open source (free software) resources at Searchcode – a free source code and documentation search engine. You can run searchcode yourself if you have private repositories you want to index. Searchcode server allows this and is linked from searchcode.com at https://searchcodeserver.com/
Generate free SSL certificates quickly and easily in minutes for your business.
Monitor your website. Free for one website.
A log management tool you can use forever. Free to use for one user.
Get a 5-minute video of someone using your site, for free.
Get SSL certificates for free.
Looking for a co-founder for a partnership? Use Founder2be to find people who are looking to collaborate for a startup.
No matter which city or which industry you’re in, you’ll definitely find a co-founder at CoFoundersLab. Why? Simply because it is considered the world’s largest network of entreprenuers.
Hence, finding a co-founder for your startup will never get easier than this.
Sit down with your co-founder and team members, collaborate with them, and co-create new ideas no matter where you (and they) are.
Tools and Startups
Product Hunt is the place to discover the latest in tech, a global community of makers launching, sharing, and discussing the latest apps and products. More recently, the team introduced Ship, a suite of tools to help makers build better products with their users, and Sip, an app curating the best tech news stories of the day.
Invest in a startup, find an awesome startup job, or raise money for charity.
BetaList provides an overview of upcoming internet startups. Discover and get early access to the future.
Get a comprehensive list of the best startups near your place. You can also check out other startup listings like StartupGenome and CrunchBase.
Erlibird is a beta testing service for websites, hardware, iOS and Android apps.
You can easily and quickly run real-world beta tests on your websites and apps and get quality feedback to improve its performance.
If you lack programming skills and don’t know how to design a website, ClickFunnels will enable you to build web pages inside of a sales funnel so that you can convert visitors into customers.
There are only three simple steps involved.
First, you choose the sales funnel type that is designed to sell YOUR product… so that you just have to send traffic to your offers and watch the sales explode.
Secondly, you choose the page design so that your website looks just as good as the ones designed by PRO designers- who’ll charge you an arm and a leg to design for you.
Lastly, you modify your page and with a click of a button: the whole sales funnel is ready to roll.
You can also change your headlines, insert your own images and videos, and insert clocks and more in order to customize your website and get the most from it.
You can simply drag and drop features on your web page and move them around until you’re 100% satisfied. Within 10 seconds, you can set the funnel to go live.
With ClickFunnels, you can get everything – you are able to market, sell, and deliver your offers online from one convenient place.
Lead Pages are similar to Click Funnels, but they have fewer features and a much lower price tag. If you’re someone who is just getting into designing landing pages for boosting conversions, then Lead Pages are the best option out there for you. They have been in the market for a very long time and many experts consider them to be the #1 player on landing pages.
Make A Gif
Make A Gif allows you to make your own gifs with personal pictures.
Insider tip: If you want to boost sales, you have to drive your website traffic to your landing page, not your website page where visitors can easily get distracted.
Don’t have a clue where your people are clicking on your web pages, or where they are leaving? With MouseFlow, you’ll stop guessing and know exactly where and how your website traffic is leaving your site.
Look at the heat map in the screenshot below. It seems a little bit creepy, but the point is that you’ll know exactly where users are moving their mouse on your website.
If your article is for promoting existing websites and domains with traffic, it works well. That said, Their bread and butter is more on selling online businesses, such as Amazon FBA, eCommerce businesses, websites, mobile apps, and more. In 2018 alone, They’ve already sold over $3 million in businesses and just recently launched our first eBay store for sale.
Elegant Themes has one of the largest collections of WordPress themes (more than 400,000 clients already). These WordPress themes are designed to be SEO-friendly, are easy to use, and you don’t need any programming knowledge. In less than 30 minutes, you can build a professional looking beautiful website so that you don’t have to hire expensive web designers and developers to build one for you.
I also recommend checking out their blog entries, which are jam-packed with detailed tutorials, tips, and tactics to help you build a beautiful and customized site within minutes. And yes, their blogs are easy to comprehend as they’re not technical.
Expired Domains are similar to Flippa, but they do one extra thing for you: they keep track of domains that are about to expire and the ones that are up for sale in the domain auction.
You can use Tiny PNG to squeeze the size of your images on your website, which will help your website load faster and boost Google rankings.
Way Back Machine
Is your website not ranking well in Google? Was it used for something shady in the past? How would you know this stuff?
Use Way Back Machine, a handy tool that lets you figure out whether your web address was used for something spammy in the past. Simply enter your website address and it will instantly display you screenshots of what the site was like in the past.
Wix is a free website building platform, which lets you build a beautiful and professional looking website easily and quickly.
Brazen is chat communication and candidate engagement software for talent acquisition teams looking to increase career page conversions.
OptinMonster uses “exit technology” to increase conversions on your website. When a person’s mouse leaves your website, a pop-up window is displayed, in which you can offer a free resource (a free e-book – for instance) to your visitors.
LinkMiner is an awesome extension for the Chrome browser. It’s located on the tool bar of your Chrome browser. When you click on the icon, it displays all the broken links on your web page.
It is also an incredible business development tool.
It can quickly check broken links on your prospects’ websites and send messages such as: “Hi, I just found these broken links on your website.”
Works only on Chrome browser though.
Usabilia helps you get live feedback from a real person about your website so that you can improve its performance.
Free Website Templates
At HTML5 UP, you can discover beautiful, professional-looking, and responsive HTML5 and CSS3 website templates. And all of that free of charge.
You can find an additional collection of 845 gorgeous looking free HTML5 and CSS3 website templates.
They have free themes for Bootstrap.
WordPress.com or WordPress.org
Both WordPress.com and WordPress.org are number one content management systems (CMS) which allow you to build your own website for free.
You don’t need to have coding experience and the user interface is extremely easy to use. You can have a brand new website within minutes, not hours.
Layers is a WordPress website builder. If you have trouble building a WordPress website, try using Layers, and within minutes, you’ll have your own brand new website. Like most resources here in this list, Layers is absolutely free to use.
With Landing Harbor, you can promote your app using their free landing page.
At Strikingly, you’ll get unlimited free mobile optimized site templates particularly designed for Strikingly domains.
Stage seven: sell
You’ve found the stroke of inspiration, built your wireframes, and brought your product to life.
Now it’s time to channel your inner Glengarry Glen Ross and start selling!
Do you have an idea for a mobile app, but don’t know a thing about coding? Here’s good news: App Institute lets you build small business apps without any code. Talk about convenience!
Moo offers premium flyers. All you have to do is upload your design, or choose one from their collection of templates.
We developed our business card from Moo, and ever since, we have been receiving positive feedback on how cool our new business cards are.
is a website directory in which you can find conferences you might be interested in.
on the other hand, is just like a camp for adults where everyone meets up over a campfire rather than in a conference room. Fireside Conference attracts investors, startups, and entrepreneurs.
Eventbrite is the place where you’ll find your next experience.
Meetup helps you do two things- first, it helps you find networking events and second, it helps you get nice (free) backlinks to your website, which ultimately improves your SEO.
Did you know there’s Tinder for business, too? No-one’s heard of it yet, so let me be the first to tell you about Shapr – a handy tool that works just like Tinder for small business.
Ten Thousand Coffees
It’s a network-building platform where like-minded people get together and connect, one coffee at a time.
Customer Service and Surveys
Build beautiful online forms and surveys for free.
Create polls within seconds.
Free Survey Creator
Create a survey and get user feedback. Try it for free.
Easy to use and simple customer support tool, best for small support teams (free up to 3 agents).
Social Media and Community Management
Spruce allows you to create Twitter-ready images within seconds.
Click To Tweet
Boost shares your content.
Get more traffic from Twitter.
Keep track of web page shares, tweets, likes, and more.
How Many Shares
Keep track of shares a web page has across all popular social media networks, all from one place.
Lets you plan and schedule your Instagram posts.
WordPress Pin it Button for Images
Easily insert a “Pin It” button on your site.
Easily follow (or unfollow) people on Instagram and Twitter.
A free browser externsion that allows you to find the social media influence on your web pages.
Discover and analyze hashtag easily. Ritetag gets hashtag suggestions for images and text, for Instagram and beyond. The hashtags for image solution also works with all web to Instagram direct publishing and scheduling solutions, including Socialflow, Hootsuite, Tailwind, Falcon.io, Sendible – and all the others, too!
The fastest, easiest, and best way to tweetstorm.
Buffer Free Plan
Quickly and easily schedule your posts to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
Create, track, and share very short URL links.
Discover, manage, and organize your Twitter followers.
Optimize your share buttons automatically to get even more traffic.
Get the share buttons you need for your site for maximum traffic – all in one share buttons plugin.
Boost shares, follows, and conversions on your site.
Create a beautiful and custom sharing bar on your site, for free.
Free Survey Creator
Easily create surveys on your website to get user feedback. Try it, it’s free.
Allow people to comment on your posts easily and build a two-way dialogue with your readers.
Create a Press Kit (for free) for your iOS app.
App Review Monitor
Get App reviews direct to your inbox or Slack.
DrumUp discovers and helps you share great content to your social media accounts
so you can start meaningful conversations with your followers. 40,000 happy customers and growing.
Find Trendy Content Ideas
Google Trends gives you all the data and visualizations from Google so that you can see what’s trending near you so that you can be at the top of things in your market.
Buzzsumo is a must-have tool for your content marketing and SEO strategy. It easily helps you discover what content generates the most shares, likes, and comments – all from one hub.
Hubspot Blog Topic Generator
With Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator at your fingertips, you’ll never run out of blog ideas (a huge problem for bloggers).
No matter how thin your market is, Hubspot Blog Topic Generator easily generates killer blog ideas so that you keep on giving relevant (and interesting) content for your readers.
Answer The Public
If you are running out of content ideas for your website or blog (a lot of us go through this situation), then try using Answer the Public. Simply enter a topic in your market and this cool tool will generate all types of questions that people ask related to that topic.
With these questions, you can easily create content for your blog by simply answering them, and hopefully, rank better in Google when people search for them.
Insider Tip: Make sure to switch your country to UK while browsing this website as the default country is set to UK.
Swayy helps you identify the most engaging blog content ideas. You can discover and curate content online, and it’s free for one dashboard user.
Ruzzit is just like Buzzsumo, helping you discover the most shared content (viral videos, news stories, and images) on the web from various sources, including the most popular websites and social media sites.
Slimvoice allows you to create really simple invoices for your business.
Invoice to me
Another free invoice generator.
Invoice to is a free, simple invoice for your business.
Wave is easy to use and lets you create free invoicing, accounting, and more.
Free Invoice Generator
One more alternative invoice generator for your business.
Survey Monkey quickly helps you get feedback about what you should next on your website.
Survey Anyplace helps engage your visitors and get valuable information from them by creating mobile, fun, and interactive surveys and quizzes.
Bplans helps you create a killer business plan for your business. If you’re just starting out, this is a great place to brainstorm about it.
Free My PDF
Free My PDF helps you edit and integrate several PDF documents into one. It allows you to unlock PDF files so that you can easily insert pages and delete images.
Running a business isn’t an easy task. It is chaotic and overwhelming. 17hats allows you to handle all your business tasks by simplifying them, all from one place.
Zoom lets you record and share your video conference calls simultaneously.
Calendly easily syncs with your calendar so that you don’t have to go back and forth emailing everyone in your team to set up a meeting.
Start Up Bros
Do you want to learn how to sell on Amazon like the experts? Then we highly recommend that you take one of Start Up Bro’s webinars.
Wave Accounting takes care of invoicing, receipt scanning, accounting, and more for your small business – all for free.
Amolto lets you call on Skype as well as record the calls. Pretty awesome, eh?
Infusionsoft helps take your email strategy to the next level. Are you up for it?
Grasshopper lets you have your own business phone number for as little as $12 per month.
Fambiz provides expert advice on family businesses.
SheNegotiates provides excellent leadership training and strategic coaching that stand out from other courses on the web.
Running a business is a complicated endeavor and can easily become overwhelming without a good tool to plan, collaborate and manage knowledge.
MindMeister is a handy and easy-to-use online mind mapping app that allows all of your team members to work together in real-time and simplify complex business tasks.
Printfriendly quickly and easily allows you to print a web page on your site without any stuff that you really don’t need: like sidebars, menus, and ads, for example.
Shakelaw lets you create, sign, and send legal documents- within seconds. Enough said.
Tactlaw lets you check contracts online.
Email Management Tools
Contact form 7
Easily grab your visitors’ email addresses on your WordPress site. It’s a free WordPress plugin.
Send up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers without wasting a dime.
Double (or even triple) your email subscribers almost overnight.
Send 12k marketing emails per month, for free.
Deliver your emails faster. Send 12k emails every month for free.
Email service designed for developers. Send 10k emails every month for free.
Scroll Triggered Box
Double (or triple) conversion rates on your WordPress site.
Sumome Scroll Box
Grab more email addresses, politely.
Send 9k emails for free every month.
Find pre-written emails to save your time and double conversions.
Sumome List Builder
Build more subscribers with light box popover.
Free email editor that allows you to build responsive email messages.
The best (and free) email tracking service available on the Internet.
Create a free contact form that stays on top of your site to boost conversions.
Stage eight: optimize
You've build, you've sold, and you are ready to scale. Learn how in the section below...
SEO + Keyword Research
Soovle is an excellent – and free – keyword idea generator. It will instantly generate the most popular keyword phrases that you want to rank for, from Yahoo and Google. For instance, if you want to rank for the keyword “shoes,” then it will display keyword ideas like “Payless shoes” in Yahoo while it displays “shoes for crews” in Google.
Google Position Checker Tool
Have you ever wondered how well you rank for a particular keyword in the search engine. Try Google Position Checker tool to quickly find where you rank in the search engine ladder. Simply enter your domain name and the keyword phrase you want to check for the rankings, and it will tell you exactly where you rank for that particular keyword in Google.
Word Cloud helps you discover a “cloud of words,” which are basically keyword phrases that are often searched by people in Google and Yahoo. This handy tool also helps you find keywords your competitors are using to rank their pages.
If you’re not sure your website is following guidelines set by Google – very important if you want to avoid Google penalties – then try Varvy.
Simply enter your website URL and this simple and elegant tool will tell you how well it is following the guidelines set by Google.
Backlingo is run and maintained by an SEO genius, Brian Dean – a one man army backlink generating expert on the web. He teaches people to use different backlink building tactics to outank a lot of their competition, no matter how big their market/ niche.
Periodically, throughout the year, he posts courses on his website. He is widely known in the digital marketing sphere for his post on 200 Google Ranking Factors and Skyscraper Technique to outrank any competition.
If your content isn’t getting any backlinks or shares – very important for better search engine rankings – then you probably don’t know how to get more shares and utilize the power of social media to make your content viral.
BuzzSumo is a powerful tool to help you create content that gets shared and backlinks.
This free tool will reveal you exactly how popular articles in any (your) industry gets shares, likes, and comments – and on which social media.
It will display you where a particular article is getting its backlinks and who have been sharing those articles. You can utilize these vital information to outrank your competitors without spending thousands of dollars on SEO marketing.
Spyfu can help you vital a lot of vital information about your competition. For example, it can tell you which keywords your competitors are ranking for, what Google Adwords they buy, and also reveal you how successful those ads are.
In addition, you can also generate a report on potential keywords you can rank for – both organically and via paid ads.
Similar web allows you to be a detective and keep an eye on your competitor(s). You’ll quickly learn where all their traffic is coming from – from searches, referrals, or social media sites – and once you have this insider information, you can emulate their success and outrank your competitors.
SEO & Website Analyzers
Ahrefs is mostly known for its enormous backlink data (you can link here ahrefs.com/big-data for some solid proof). Thanks to this data, Ahrefs helps you do the most detailed SEO competitor analysis. You can explore the backlink profiles of your competitors’ websites to learn their backlink sources and uncover SEO strategies in general. With this knowledge, you can run your own SEO (and link building) campaigns effectively and outrank your competition in Google search results.
Besides, Ahrefs will unveil keywords that bring organic traffic to your competitors and show you content that generates most search traffic on your competitors’ websites. That is a serous time-saver for your content marketing. It will even report your competitors’ PPC keywords and ads.
Ahrefs will also give you the maximum number of profitable keyword suggestions to make your keyword research extremely effective. With its precise metrics such as Search Volume, Keyword Difficulty and Clicks Per Search, you will be sure to only target the most profitable and traffic-worthy keywords.
Not so long ago they added a Site Audit module to their toolset, which can keep an eye on the “SEO health” of your website.
Open Site Explorer
Open Site Explorer is a comprehensive SEO tool for backlink analysis. You can easily analyze backlinks, discover top-performing pages, view their social activity, and discover more backlink building opportunities.
Quick Sprout helps you analyze your website so that you can find new – and better – ways to grow website traffic.
SEO Site Checkup
Check the SEO problems of your website for free. They also have a whole list of SEO tools for your website.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to fully optimize your WordPress site.
It optimizes both your website and its content so that they have higher chances of being displayed in the search engine result pages.
Similar Web allows you to analyze your website statistics and understand your competitor’s strategy so that you can emulate their successes in order to grow your market share.
Hubspot Marketing Grader
Hubspot recently launched a free tool to help you assess the effectiveness of your entire marketing campaign so that you can improve it to grade your marketing.
Keywordtool.io is the best free alternative to Google Keyword Planner tool for keyword research. You’ll get 100% relevant long-tail keywords – keyword phrases that are easy to rank and which bring targeted visitors to your site – directly from Google Suggest.
SERPs Rank Checker
You have been creating plenty of blog posts on your site but don’t have a clue how well they rank on Google and Yahoo? Try SERPs Rank Checker. It’s a free keyword rank and SERP checker that checks the rankings of your posts in the international and local keyword rankings.
Don’t know why one of your websites is not ranking as well as the others? Use Nibbler, a free tool that’ll tell you how good your website is, and what steps you can take to improve it. (You can check SEO, accessibility, social media, and more.)
Alexa Rank Checker is the fastest and easiest way to analyze your site’s rank, and displays the status (incoming links, Alexa rankings, etc.) of multiple websites simultaneously.
OpenLinkProfiler.org is a simple and free link research tool that allows you to check the backlink profile (number of backlinks) of any website. Simply enter a domain name in the search box and hit enter to see the backlinks of any of your (or your competitor’s) website.
Browseo helps you see your website as search engines see it. It helps you discover issues (there could be plenty) with your website as well as your competitor’s website so that you can quickly fix it and improve it.
It’s free to use so that you can save your hard-earned money on marketing purposes.
Broken links can send your Google rankings down the drain if you don’t check and fix it.
Use Broken Links tool (absolutely free) to quickly and easily find broken links, redirects, and more on any site and fix it and improve your SEO.
Keyword Planner; Webmaster Tools; Analytics; Trends
Google Pagespeed Insights
If your website takes 30 seconds to load, or is not rising higher in rankings, then most likely you are not following web best practices.
With Google Pagespeed Insights, you can quickly check the performance of your site and figure out ways to optimize it to make your website faster and search engine friendly.
If you’re not sure whether your content is original or not, or if someone else may be using your original work, then you can use Copyscape and avoid being penalized by Google for using plagiarized work.
It’s a free plagiarism checker that searches for copies of your page on the web.
If you are running an online business, you need to make sure it is available almost 24/7 to your potential customers – to bring in maximum profits. But if you are not sure if that is the case, use Pingdom.
It’s a free tool that checks the availability and performance of your site, and lets you be the first one to know when it is down.
You don’t need to download and install this service.
The profits you generate from your website depend on a number of factors – one of which is your webpage’s speed.
GTMetrics is a simple and easy to use – and free – tool that quickly checks your page’s speed performance and offers ways to improve it.
Moz Local allows you to check and improve your local SEO listings on Google, Bing, and others.
XML Sitemaps helps you create an XML sitemap that can easily be submitted to Google, Bing, and other search engines to help them crawl through your website easily and faster.
You can also create a text sitemap to list all of your pages, or create an HTMl site map to let your website visitors easily navigate pages on your website.
W3C is a simple, easy to use, and free markup validation service, based on XML and SGML parsers.
A/B Tests and Growth Hacking
Unlock growth, together.
Easy to use and simple tool for A/B testing. You can test different power words and CTAs.
Retention, acquisition, and revenue hacks utilized by hundreds of successful companies.
Optimize your website and apps – all from one place.
TinyJPG and TinyPNG
TinyJPG and Tiny PNG are the best JPEG and PNG optimizers (compresses your JPEG and PNG images by almost 40-60%) to make your website load faster and save bandwidth.
Compressor.io is a free online image compression tool that allows you to optimize and compress your images without losing quality.
ImageOptimizer is a free online image compression tool that allows you to resize, compress, and optimize your image files (JPEG and PNG files).
ImageOptim compresses your images and makes them load faster. It saves disk space and bandwith. It compresses your images without compromising on their quality.
Smush.it is an award-winning image optimization plugin for WordPress sites.
Dunnnk allows you to create beautiful product mock-ups. Simply submit your design and Dunnnk will give you a high quality mockup in return.
Generates screenshots of your website and app instantly.
If you want to create high quality videos without breaking your bank, then try Camtasia. It will cost you only $200, and there’s a comprehensive course on Udemy.com, which will help you become an expert in using it. It’s a 10-hour long course that will speed up your learning curve to produce some kick-ass videos on your own.
If you want to create videos for better search engine rankings, then check out Tube Buddy. It’s a simple SEO tool for YouTube that allows you to properly optimize your videos for search engines.
Just like Vimeo and YouTube, Wistia is a super high-end video host. Not only does it look better, but it also provides better metrics on who is watching your videos.
You can try the free version, but it will be branded with Wistia logo. The premium version will cost you $100 per month. Moz uses Wistia for their WhiteBoard Fridays.
Udemy even has their free video course for those who want to speed up their learning process.
ScreenCast-o-Matic is a free screen recording tool. The free version has a watermark, while the paid version is only $15 per month. The video quality is HD and most entrepreneurs use it every day. It’s easy to use and the customer support is excellent.
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