My Favorite Resources for Entrepreneurs

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I love free stuff. And as an entrepreneur, if I can find a tool or
program that does a great job without me having to pay or pay much for
it, I love it even more. Here are a few of the tools I'm loving right
now. If you're not using some of them, check them out .

Google

We'll just make a Google category, since so many of the tools I use are from Google.

  • Search – It seems pretty basic, but I'd say Google.com is the Web site I use the most. Actually, I use their toolbar, but their search is the single one I rely on for all my business use (and personal).
  • Analytics – Although, as I wrote over on The Marketing Eggspert a few weeks ago, you can over-analyze
    analytics, knowing your web stats and traffic is super important.
    Google's free Analytics tool makes it so easy to do so.
  • Ad Planner – I'm still new to it, but Ad Planner
    is pretty cool. It helps you target exactly your audience (say, female
    between 18 and 25 with bachelor's degrees who live in Texas) to find
    the Web sites you'd do best to advertise on.
  • Docs – If you haven't used Google Docs
    yet, you need to. They have components to rival Microsoft Word, Excel,
    and PowerPoint, and the best part is: you can share them online rather
    than attach to an email and lose track of which version you need.

Social Media

  • Facebook – Facebook is free, and a great
    way to expand the number of people who know about you. You can set up a
    Profile for you (the person) and a Page for your company.
  • Twitter – Again, free. Twitter
    is like instant messaging on crack, but it's one of the top 3 referrers
    to my blog and Web site. You can post links, share blog articles, start
    conversations or participate in them.

Nearly Free

  • QuickBooks Online – I never seem to have $200 to plunk down on the latest version of QuickBooks, so I use their online version
    for $9.95 a month. When you have someone other than yourself who needs
    to access your account (like an accountant or accounts payable), this
    is really convenient.
  • Constant Contact – If you're not already doing email marketing, you should be, and price can't be your excuse. Constant Contact
    offers great packages starting at $15 for up to 500 contacts. Their
    templates make it really easy to create professional looking emails. If
    you're set up and want to get the most out of the program, check out my
    ebook, Do-It-Yourself Email Marketing.
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