Startups · Entrepreneurship

What are the best free tools for entrepreneurs?

Nick Cruz CEO at Nick Software Solutions

September 6th, 2016

Too many paid resources out there. I would love to crowdsource with you all a list of the best free tools for entrepreneurs out there. If we do a good job listing our favorite tools this entry could be very valuable to a lot of people.

Nickolay Kolev Freelancer at Private

September 6th, 2016

Hope you will find few things that will be of use to you:


Notification when your emails are opened. Also integrates with CRM from Hubspot. It is free for 200 notifications/mo.


Mobile application for Android and iOS which adds a second line to your phone. I dedicated that line to business calls.


Note taking and note managing tool.

Trello Project management tool, very good for Agile development

Task management tool, probably one of the best.


Project management tool.


Manage all your Twitter accounts


Very good podcast players and podcast management.


Keep track of your business and personal mileage of your car. Very easy to use, automatically detects when you are driving, you just need to put a note, if you want and classify it as business or personal. If you are interested, please let me know, if I recommend a new customer, I will get few bucks back. It is free for 40 drives/month or $60/year (which is what I got)

Monitors your website and sends you an email when it goes down or up.

Check your website for vulnerabilities.

Give your website URL and receive feedback from a real person visiting it and leaving feedback video. Kind of cool to see how people react and what they want to see on your website.

Alejandro Cremades Executive Chairman at CoFoundersLab

September 7th, 2016

Official Google Analytics app for iOS

Free tool creates ideas for your content marketing strategy

Learn SQL - the preferred tool of data analysts everywhere - interactively and for free with Codecademy.

Growth strategies tightened up as templates you can steal.

Free lessons from the pros who’ve built massive websites

Learn to code by building projects for nonprofits

Build bots with no code and your favorite web apps!

Free course with 7 marketing super-hacks from @yegg and @jwmares

An official collection of Sketch extensions & plugins

Visualize rates for thousands of freelance designers & devs

A minimalist CSS framework

Insights into billions of daily smartphone notifications

The smarter way to build web apps. A free book by 37signals.

Free to use patterns by awesome designers

Connect and automate 500+ web apps

Create engaging images for your social media posts in 30s

Free email course on how to build an audience online

A modern CSS framework based on Flexbox

Free product design e-course from Tinder’s Scott Hurff

Images and Sketch files of popular devices

A minimal site with prewritten emails

Typeform makes asking questions easy, human & beautiful

New free, unlimited user testing for mobile prototypes

A collection of free flat icons and creative stuff

Marketing resources from 6 yr of researching Traction book

Free SSL certificates for your startup.

Stories from the Y Combinator world

DJ Khaled lorem ipsum placeholder text generator

Find out if your startup's name is available on the web!

A platform for community discussion. Free, open and simple.

Email digest of tips on remote work and productivity

Free, simple screen capture & video recording tool

Create stunning landing pages to promote your app (for free)

Record what users do with your designs and sketches. Free!

Free graphic resources for designers and developers

Communicate personally with every single customer.

Hiten and Steli's unfiltered insights and actionable advice.

Graph search for TWTR. Filter by interests, location, etc

Turn Google Sheets into a powerful sales prospecting tool.

Collect your data once, then send it to 86 tools.

A free invoice generator for startups

The definitive list of open source resources on Github

Daily Ui design inspiration and freebies

Get a free, 5-minute video of someone using your site

Mac app to find all free stock photos in one place

Better Google alerts.

Notifications that matter from sources you love

100 Free vector icons with a Clean Look and Feel

Discover new tools to build digital goodies

Open source HTML slide creation and presentation engine.

An interactive video course coaching you to do your own PR.

A digest of VIP's that signup on your site

Beautifully simple job pages for growing companies

Read a book without actually reading it.

Curated freebies (icons, mocks, fonts) right to your Dropbox

Generate a press kit for your iOS app for free

Elise PhD Senior Vice President, Operations and Program Management at Amarantus BioScience

September 8th, 2016

I find that the SKYPE subscription enabling calls to cell and land lines is invaluable.  Low fee/month enables unlimited phone calls via Skype within the US. This also comes with the ability to have a group call. The benefit is that the people you call don't have to have are using Skype as another phone line.

Ron Warshawsky Founder and CEO of Enteros. Years of successful experience in startup business and database technology.

September 7th, 2016

Nick, check Quora - they have compiled such list and wiki a long time ago.

Kodjo Hounnake

September 7th, 2016

Not all are free but this is the best compilation of tools I know of

Nickolay Kolev Freelancer at Private

September 8th, 2016

This is a great compile! Thanks Nick for posting this question :).

Darrel Raynor Project & Ops Turnarounds, Interim CIO/COO, improve performance of dept or teams. Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, Staffing

September 8th, 2016

We've helped dozens of clients and use these ourselves... I've been meaning to turn these into a blog post so will get the jump on it here!

Google Docs (we went pro for $10 a month after a year or so) also Google Keep, Google Hangouts
Hubspot CRM
Hootsuite (Social Media campaigns poster...)
Facebook, yes Facebook, find and post to groups
TripIt (we went pro for $10 or so a year after a year or so)
IrfanView image viewer, editor, translator
Canva (we went pro for $12 a month)
Asana!!! We teach Project Management and this is enough for small projects)
WebEx free for 3 attendees, have to dig a bit for this one but it is still there
FullContact (we are about to go pro)
Advanced SystemCare IOBIT (we went pro $12 for 3 PCs)
ARIS Express (IT type system diagrams)
LastPass password management, (we went pro to share)

Message me for further information or for help choosing and setting up all these, will save a fortune and so much time!
Darrel Raynor

Tom Duffy

September 8th, 2016

the best advice for a start up  tool for a start up is your friends, family,professors and your phone 

Kevin Taylor I'll turn your startup or consultancy into a thriving, profitable, acquirable business.

September 8th, 2016

Lots of good stuff mentioned. Here is one more:

Let clients and others book time with you.

David Austin Relentless problem solver and innovator.

September 7th, 2016

Google docs

Ditto on trello easy surveys/forms with analytics for startup eval (will you get funded) (another valuation tool)

Ditto on Google analytics

Abtasty (a/b testing)

Optimizely (anothe a b tester) (legal forms)

Startup calculator:

Rackspace startups (1 yr free if you qualify)
Amazon awe activate (similar to Rackspace startups) (great landing page promo tool)