Starting your entrepreneurial venture can be quite a daunting process. Being a leader, managing others, and driving your future organization towards success requires a vast array of skills and tools. Coming up with the money and energy to make these resources available can also be a challenge. One thing that will help our generation and the next are the availability of some very free tools. Hopefully they stay this way forever! When your business blows up and you need to pay for the services, feel happy you’ve reached that level of success and you are now supporting the rise of future budding entrepreneurs. Here are three free or low-cost essential tools for you to use as you grow your dream.
This site is amazing! It provides space to create and store word documents, powerpoints, spreadsheets, and much more. You can share and collaborate with others, as well as chat and work on projects in-real time. We use this for all the behind the scenes work here at Limitless Ambition and we were pretty lost without it. The best part is that you can access your files from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection!
SCORE is your first step towards mentorship in the entrepreneurial world. Although nothing can replace real people as your mentors, SCORE provides businesses with step-by-step guides to taking real forward action on your business. One of my favorite tools is the business plan template. Check out there website for hours of reading materials and look for one of their free workshops in your area!
Once your business is established, one of the very first things you should do is print professional business cards. They are key to getting your name out there and building your network for success. Avoid spending a ton of money on card printing by using the low-cost website Vista Print. They always have a ton of deals and a pretty huge selection to match your business style.
Starting and running a business is a challenge. Luckily you do not and should not go it alone. There are plenty of free and low-cost resources out there to ensure that you get started on the right foot. What are some of your favorite business resources on the web?