Top 13 Free Resources for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

All nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and small business owners could use some help with managing their respective organizations. Whether it’s locating grant funding, crowdfunding, assistance with accounting needs, marketing, or organization, small business owners and nonprofits can use all the help they can get – and if it’s free, that’s a bonus. These days, anyone can access several free online resources to help them run and fund their business and nonprofit. So, until you are able to pay an expert to do support tasks, here is a list of free and freeish resources.

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  1. YouHelp.com
    YouHelp is a free crowdfunding platform where nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and small business owners can, with the help of their community, raise money to fund their projects.
  2. Mailerlite
    Use email clients like Mailerlite to remind your clients of your business and its products or services. It’s free for you if your mail list is 1000 or less.
  3. FreshBooks
    Freshbook allows you to create and track invoices so that you can easily follow up on your business expenses. FreshBooks allows you to get your accounting work done even if you’re not an accountant.
  4. Google Keep
    Google Keep is a task list and reminder tool. With Google Keep, you can Capture notes, share them with others, and access them from your computer, phone, or tablet.
  5. Vidyard
    Vidyard is a video marketing tool that can be used to host, publish, and analyze marketing videos. It integrates with marketing tools like HubSpot, therefore, making it to add videos to emails, landing pages, web pages, and blog posts. 
  6. Logaster
    Logaster is a professional online logo maker and generator that also offers packages for the entire social branding for your business or nonprofit. It includes digital assets and physical assets like business cards and stationery.
  7. Docracy
    Docracy is an open collection of free legal documents that you can use as templates for your organization’s needs. Docracy offers several business-related documents and templates, such as real estate agreements, contracts for photographers and designers, non-disclosure agreements, privacy policies, etc.
  8. TSheet
    Use this free tool to track employees’ hours, including vacation, overtime, and more. It’s an Excel timesheet template that’s easy to use and can end up saving organizations up to 11% of your business’s gross payroll costs.
  9. TechSoup
  10. They help nonprofits by offering over 500 no-cost or discounted hardware and software products. In addition to donating tech resources and computer equipment, they offer several educational resources to help nonprofits get started online.
  11. Apache OpenOffice
    Free, open-source office software that is currently being used by nonprofit organizations all over the world. They’re often cited as one of the best organizational tools for nonprofits available today.
  12. VolunteerSpot
    If your business or nonprofit’s mission relies on volunteer work that requires planning, scheduling, and managing many different supporters, then this software makes the hassle of organizing volunteers a thing of the past.
  13. Wufoo
    Use Wufoo’s tools to create custom web forms (surveys, contact forms, payment processing) that you can use to collect data, payments, and to automate your workflows.

Bonus
Did you know that you can use GrantWatch for free? Users can review the entire database before subscribing. You will be able to get an idea of all the grants that are listed on the database, and in many cases, you’ll see the funding amount.

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