5 Free Resources To Build Your Business

In our recent reader survey, we discovered something interesting. Most of you are either full-time entrepreneurs or plan to start your own business very soon.

Creating a professional and profitable brand takes a lot of strategy and planning. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to add a few extra tools to your platform, here are 5 free resources I’ve used (and will continue to use) to build my company and online brand.

Check out these great resources to take you from concept to completion!

5 Free Resources

  1. Basecamp – This online project management platform makes it easy to collaborate with your team in an organized environment and turn an idea into a finished product. Our team utilizes Basecamp every day to brainstorm new content or products, check in on existing projects, assign tasks and upload finished work for everyone to review. Users can be internal (team members) or external contractors like a graphic designer or web developer you’re working with on a project. Instead of sifting through your inbox, everything is organized. All discussions and comments, scheduling, task-assigning and files are live within each project. You can start a 60-day free trial and stay on the free plan or upgrade to a paid account.
  2. Freshbooks – In full disclosure, I use a paid version of Quickbooks (and love it) for my accounting software but my team and contractors rave about Freshbooks. They use it for invoicing, time-tracking, creating estimates and generating basic accounting reports. Even better, it’s free for users with three clients or less. If time-management isn’t your strong suit, I highly recommend utilizing the time-tracking tool from Freshbooks to figure out how much time you’re spending (or not spending) on a project or task and if it’s worth what you’re charging (or being paid in your salary) to complete. The app has a built-in timer that’s connected to the client or specific project and those records are seamlessly added to an invoice. Invoices can be emailed or sent via snail mail.
  3. WordPress – My entire website is built on a WordPress template. You can purchase templates and build your own site or even find free templates that look much nicer than a lot of websites out there. On the web, first impressions are everything. Do you engage with or purchase from companies that haven’t updated their site since 1999? Probably not. It’s a credibility factor. Even more, having a blog (and blog content) increases your indexed pages on Google, which increases your chances of popping up in search results. WordPress is very simple to update and maintain. If you’re really serious about starting your own blog or website, check out Michael Hyatt’s post on Launching a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less.
  4. MailChimp – If you’ve subscribed to this blog, you’re getting emails from me through MailChimp. MailChimp is another free (if you send under 12,000 emails a month to a list of up to 2,000 subscribers) and great resource to help you build a list of people that want to hear from you. MailChimp connects to your blog as an RSS feed as well as gives you the ability to send tailor made emails to a specific group of people on your list. The online dashboard offers detailed analytics and lets you track the success of each email. Start building your subscriber list today!
  5. Buffer – Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay and your customers expect you to have a presence (remember that credibility thing above?). Buffer shares content across all of your social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ throughout the day so you can spend time actually working! If you listened to my podcast interview with Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom), you know that posting once a day isn’t enough to connect with your followers. You can easily schedule pictures, videos and links to go out across your networks throughout the day to reach the widest number of followers.

And if you’re interested in a few paid resources to build your business, check out my Understanding Personalities Video, DISC and VALUES testing and one-on-one Business Coaching! Want more freebees? Get your copy of my new eBook, Why Your Meetings Suck!

Other Resources:

Zig Ziglar’s wheel of life

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Meet Chris LoCurto


Chris has a heart for changing lives by helping people discover the life and business they really want.

Decades of personal and leadership development experience, as well as running multi-million dollar businesses, has made him an expert in life and business coaching. personality types, and communication styles.

Growing up in a small logging town near Lake Tahoe, California, Chris learned a strong work ethic at home from his full-time working mom. He began his leadership and training career in the corporate world, starting but at E'TRADE.

13 thoughts on “5 Free Resources To Build Your Business”

  1. Great stuff Chris. I use all of them except Basecamp right now. Thanks for sharing these resources, I am sure many people will get value from these tools. They are in my back pocket.

  2. We use all of these except Freshbooks. Sorry but I’m an accountant so Quickbooks it is. However the others are wonderful especially basecamp which we use to keep our the team of VA’s on the same page with client projects

  3. I think the one thing that I use the most is Google Calender. I use it on my phone for scheduling appointments, reminders to myself, to do lists, and trying to follow my marketing schedule. I don’t like the smartphone interface, so I use another app, Business Calender, to connect to my Google Calender on my phone.

    Thanks for sharing Buffer. I think I’ll try that.

  4. I can’t imagine running flyte without Proofhub.com. It allows us to setup a project for each new client, assign resources, schedule milestones, coordinate handoffs, upload and store files, document scope creep, and more.

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