150 Free Resources for Startups

Free Resources for Your Startup

When I started my first startup, I felt lost. There were not many free resources for startups at that time which was years ago although there was the library of course.

The option of attending a free seminar by a successful entrepreneur was often accompanied by hefty fees.

But otherwise, there wasn’t much to go around.

Today, things have changed.

Startup founders can easily access numerous networks, resources, websites and experts to help them launch their startups, notably startup competitions.

In other words, there are now countless free resources for startups to tap on today!

Knowledge is certainly the key to making the best decisions you can, and developing suitable strategies, to get your startup off the grind and into the ideal position to sustain itself.

Along with the free resources for startups provided below, we are also featuring The Strawberry Startup which is written by a successful business owner.

The book teaches anyone how to build their own startup with an interest they have a deep-rooted passion in. We recommend that you give it a read!

As an entrepreneur, there are many aspects of business that we must know about:

  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Web creation
  • Branding
  • Vendor Sourcing

And so many more.

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150 Free Resources

Compiled below is a curated directory of over 150 resources & tools for startups. We would love to hear how people at startups are using these free resources!

This tightly curated list is categorised into the following categories:

  1. Business Development
  2. Marketing
  3. Programming, Design & Code
  4. Productivity
  5. Learn & Upgrade

For existing startups and companies, this page includes free useful resources that you can use to build your brand. They are likely to work best when you first identify your brand personality.

Free marketing tools at StartupStorey

Content Creation: Writing & Blogging

  • Hemingway: Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
  • Grammarly: Finds & corrects mistakes of your writing.
  • Medium: Everyone’s stories and ideas.
  • ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
  • Liberio: Simple eBook creation and publishing right from Google Drive.
  • Editorial Calendar: See all your posts, drag & drop to manage your blog.
  • Story Wars: Writing stories together.
  • WP Hide Post: Control the visibility of items on your blog.
  • Social Locker: Ask visitors “to pay” for your content with a tweet, etc.
  • Egg Timer: Set a time and bookmark it for repeated use.
  • BlankPage: Writing made simple.
  • Wattpad: The world’s largest community for readers and writers.
  • Known: A single site for the content you create.
  • Wattpad: The world’s largest community for readers and writers.
  • Dbook: Structured and collaborative writing for large documents.
  • CoSchedule: Blog post headline analyzer.
  • A5.gg: When you return your text will still be here.
  • Free Summarizer: Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.

Find What’s Trending

Free SEO Tools & Website Analysers

Free Image Optimisers & Third-Party Image Hosting

Free Photo Editing Tools

  • Canva: Amazingly simple graphic design for bloggers.
  • Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.
  • Skitch: Get your point across with fewer words.
  • Easel.ly: Empowers anyone to create & share powerful visuals.
  • Social Image Resizer Tool: Create optimized images for social media.
  • Placeit: Free product mockups & templates.
  • Recite: Turn a quote into a visual masterpiece.
  • Meme Generator: The first online meme generator.
  • Pablo: Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds.

Free Email Management

Free Social Media & Community Management

  • WriteRack: The best way to tweetstorm.
  • Spruce: Make Twitter ready images in seconds.
  • Click To Tweet: Get more shares on your content.
  • MyTweetLinks: Increases Twitter traffic.
  • Latergram: Easily plan & schedule your Instagram posts.
  • WordPress Pin it Button for Images: Add a “Pin It” button.
  • SharedCount: Track URL shares, likes, tweets, and more.
  • How Many Shares Count how many shares a URL has across most social networks, all in one place.
  • Justunfollow: Follow / unfollow people on Twitter & Instagram.
  • SocialRank: Identify, organize, and manage your followers on Twitter.
  • Klout: Social media influence score on browser extension.
  • Ritetag: Instant hashtag analysis.
  • Social Analytics: Interactions for a URL on most social platforms.
  • Buffer Free Plan: Schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+.
  • Bitly: Create, share, and track shortened links.
  • Filament: A free beautiful and customizable sharing bar.
  • Addthis: Get more shares, follows and conversions.
  • Sumome Share: Auto-optimizes your share buttons for max traffic.
  • Digg Digg: Your all in one share buttons plugin.
  • Disqus: Build a community of active readers & commenters.
  • App Review Monitor: App reviews delivered to Slack and your inbox.
  • Presskit Generator: Generate a Press Kit for your iOS App for free.
  • Free Survey Creator: Create a survey. Get user feedback for free.

Free Guides & Courses

Free Customer Service Tools & Surveys

  • Typeform: Free beautiful online survey & form builder.
  • Tally: Create polls in no time.
  • Free Survey Creator: Create a survey. Get user feedback for free.
  • Batch: The first-ever 100% free engagement platform for mobile apps.
  • Helprace: Customer service tool. Free for up to 3 agents for small support teams.

A/B Testing & Growth Hacking

  • Petit Hacks: Acquisition, retention, & revenue hacks used by companies.
  • Optimizely: One optimization platform for websites and mobile apps.
  • Hello Bar: Tool for A/B testing different CTAs & power words.
  • GrowthHackers: Unlocking growth. Together.

Business Development section

Free Website Building Tools

Free Logo & Branding Tools

Free Invoicing Tool

Free Legal Docs

  • Kiss: Free legal docs for startup founders and investor.
  • Docracy: An open collection of free legal documents.
  • Shake: Create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds. Free for personal use.

Free Ideas Management

Free Business Names & Project Names’ Generator

  • The Name App: Find an available name for your brilliant idea.
  • Naminum: Discover a perfect company name.
  • Short Domain Search: Find short, available single-word domain names.
  • Wordoid: Pick a short and catchy name for your business.
  • Hipster Business Name: Hipster business name generator.
  • Impossibility: The best domain name generator ever.
  • Lean Domain Search: Find a domain name for your website in seconds.
  • Domainr: Fast, free, domain name search, short URLs.

Design and code section

Free Design Resources

  • Freebbble: High-quality design freebies from Dribbble.
  • Dribbble: Dribbble search results for “freebie”. An absolute freebie treasure.
  • Graphic Burger: Tasty design resources made with care for each pixel.
  • Pixel Buddha: Free and premium resources for professional community.
  • Premium Pixels: Free Stuff for Creative Folk.
  • Fribbble: Free PSD resources by Dribbblers curated by Gilbert Pellegrom.
  • Freebiesbug: Latest free PSDs & other resources for designers.
  • 365 Psd: Download a free psd every day.
  • Dbf: Dribbble & Behance best design freebies.
  • Marvel: Free resources from designers we love.
  • UI Space: High quality hand-crafted Freebies for awesome people.
  • Free Section of Pixeden: Free design resources.
  • Free Section of Creative Market: Freebies coming out every monday.
  • Teehan+Lax: iOS 8 GUI PSD (iPhone 6).
  • Teehan+Lax: iPad GUI PSD.
  • Freepik: iFree graphic resources for everyone.
  • Tech&All: PSD, Tech News, and other resources for free.
  • Tethr: The most beautiful IOS design KIT ever.
  • Web3Canvas: PSD Freebies, HTML Snippets, Inspirations & Tutorials.
  • SketchAppResources: Free graphical resources.
  • Placeit Freebies: Freebies delivered right to your Dropbox.

Free Colour Pickers

Inspiration

  • MaterialUp: Daily material design inspiration.
  • FLTDSGN: Daily showcase of the best flat UI design websites and apps.
  • Site Inspire: Web design inspiration.
  • UI Cloud: The largest user interface design database in the world.
  • Moodboard: Build a beautiful moodboard and share the result.
  • Crayon: The most comprehensive collection of marketing designs.
  • Land-Book: Product landing pages gallery.
  • Ocean: A community of designers sharing feedback.
  • Dribbble: Show and tell for designers.
  • Behance: Showcase & discover creative work.
  • Pttrns: Mobile user interface patterns.
  • Flat UI Design: Useful Pinterest board.
  • Awwwards: The awards for design, creativity and innovation.
  • The Starter Kit: Curated resources for developers and designers.
  • One Page Love: Resource for one page website inspiration.
  • UI Parade: User interface design tools and design inspiration.
  • The Best Designs: The best of web design.
  • Agile Designers: Best resources for designers & developers.
  • Niice: A search engine with taste.

Free Stock Photography

 

Free Typography

Free Icons

Free Useful Stuff

  • UI Names: Generate random names for use in designs and mockups.
  • UI Faces: Find and generate sample avatars for user interfaces.
  • Copy Paste Character: Click to copy.
  • Window Resizer: See how it looks on various screen resolutions.
  • Sonics: Free packs of UI sounds and sound effects delivered to your inbox every month.

Free Coding Things

  • Hive: First free unlimited cloud service in the world.
  • GitHub: Build software better, together.
  • BitBucket: Git and Mercurial code management for teams
  • Chisel: Chisel offers an unlimited number of fossil repositories.
  • Visual Studio: Comprehensive collection of developer tools and services.
  • Landscape: Landscape is an early warning system for your Python codebase.
  • Swiftype: Add great search to any website. Free with limitations.
  • Keen.io: Gather all the data you want & start getting the answers you need.
  • Coveralls: Test coverage history and statistics.
  • LingoHub: Free for Small Teams, Open Source usage and Educational projects.
  • Codacy: Continuous Static Analysis designed to complement your unit tests.
  • Searchcode: Search over 20 billion lines of code.
  • TinyCert: Free SSL certificates for your startup.
  • StartSSL: Free SSL certificates.
  • Opbeat: The first ops platform for developers. Free for small teams.
  • Pingdom: Website monitoring. Free for one website.
  • Rollbar: Full-stack error monitoring for all apps in any language.
  • Loggly: Simplify Log Management Forever. Free for one user.
  • Devport: Get your developer portfolio.
  • Getting Real: The smarter way to build web apps. A free book by 37signals.
  • Peek: Get a free, 5-minute video of someone using your site.
  • Creator: Build better Ionic apps, faster.
  • DevFreeCasts: A huge collection of free screencasts for developers.
  • Cody: A free library of HTML, CSS, JS nuggets.

Productivity section

Background Sounds to Focus

  • Noisli: Background noise & color generator.
  • Noizio: Ambient sound equalizer for relax or productivity.
  • Defonic: Combine the sounds of the world into a melody.
  • Designers.mx: Curated playlists by designers, for designers.
  • Coffitivity: Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work.
  • Octave: A free library of UI sounds, handmade for iOS.
  • Free Sound: Huge database of free audio snippets, samples, + recordings.
  • Sonics: Free packs of UI sounds and sound effects delivered to your inbox every month.
  • Deep Focus: Spotify’s famous playlist to focus.

Avoid Distraction

  • Self Control: Mac: free application to help you avoid distracting websites.
  • Cold Turkey: Windows: temporarily block yourself off of distracting websites.

Free Organise & Collaboration Tools

  • Trello: Keeps track of everything.
  • Evernote: The workspace for your life’s work.
  • Dropbox: Free space up to 2GB.
  • Yanado: Tasks management inside Gmail.
  • Wetransfer: Free transfer up to 2GB.
  • Drp.io: Free, fast, private and easy image and file hosting.
  • Pocket: View later, put it in Pocket.
  • Raindrop: Mac app for bookmarking and reading it later.
  • Flowdock: Free for teams of five and non-profits.
  • Typetalk: Share and discuss ideas with your team through instant messaging.
  • Slack: Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
  • HipChat: Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
  • Google Hangouts: Bring conversations to life with photos, emoji and group video calls.
  • Voveet: Simple, free 3D conference calls. Experience the difference.
  • FreeBusy: Eliminate coordination headaches when you need to schedule a meeting.
  • Miro: Your regular whiteboard, re-thought for the best online experience. (rebranded from RealTimeBoard)
  • Witkit: Witkit is the secure platform for teams. 50GB of free encrypted data storage.
  • Any.do: Get things done with your team.
  • Asana: Teamwork without email.
  • GoToMeeting: Online meetings without the hassle.

For Digital Nomads & Remote Working

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Discover Tools & Startups

  • Product Hunt: Curation of the best new products, every day.
  • Angellist: Where the world meets startups.
  • Beta List: Discover and get early access to tomorrow’s startups.
  • StartupLi.st: Find. Follow. Recommend startups.
  • Startups List: Collections of the best startups in different places.
  • Erli Bird: Where great new products are born.

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About the Author 

The Strawberry Startup is an ebook that teaches you how to reinvent the way you live, and start living the way you want by building your own business.

This business is ideally founded on your interests and passion that will keep the creative juices flowing, and the profits coming in. Find out more about our ebook in this blog post here.

74 Replies to “150 Free Resources for Startups”

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    – HubSpot Academy – Free Certification Programs on Marketing, Web Optimization & must have skills online.

    – Khan Academy – Free learning resource with 100,000 interactive exercises which you can put to good use from finance, economics, tax accountancy.

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    Best of luck to everyone.

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