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 their business or nonprofit. So, until you are able to pay an expert to do support tasks, here is a list of 13 free resources. All of these resources are free or offer a free basic plan with upgrades available for those willing to pay.

1. 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 mailing list is 1000 or less.
2. 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.
3. Vidyard– Vidyard is a video marketing tool that nonprofits and businesses can use to host, publish, and analyze marketing videos. It integrates with marketing tools like HubSpot, making it easier to add videos to emails, web pages, and blog posts. 
4. 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.
5. 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, non-disclosure agreements, privacy policies, etc.
6. TechSoup– 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.
7. 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.
8. Wufoo– Use Wufoo’s tools to create custom web forms (surveys, contact forms, payment processing) that you can use to collect data and payments and automate your workflows.
9. Hubspot– Hubspot is one of the best customer relationship management tools (CRM). The platform offers a ton of other features that are completely free. This includes client relationship tools, HubSpot’s learning center, and many marketing tools.
10. GrammarlyGrammarly is one of the most effective tools for improving your writing. This will come in handy with press releases you have to write, as well as sending emails. Here are the features available for the free version of Grammarly: An automated spell-checker, AI-powered grammar checker, punctuation changer with suggestions, as well as a tone detection reporter.
11. Slack– Slack is a messaging service that is designed specifically for the workforce. This can allow for marketing teams to communicate with each other, while also having channels for smaller groups like content, and social media. 
12. Trello– Trello allows users to collaborate, manage projects, and increase overall productivity, by utilizing Trello boards as a product management tool. Users can use boards to plan projects in your pipeline, have full visibility of what’s coming up next, and use checklists to improve work quality. 
13. Pexels– Your nonprofit or business can use Pexels to get access to free stock images to use for your website or any newsletters or designs you might be making.

Did you know that you can use 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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