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100+ Tools and Resources For Your Small Business

Just as the title says, I have complied 100+ tools and resources for your small business. People constantly tweet, email, and DM me about the tools I use for business. This list covers that and much more.

Business Cards

Tiny Prints – consist of Shutterfly, Wedding Paper Diva, This is Life, Treat and Borrower Lenses. Based in the US.

Moo – is known for their amazingly, quaint work and unique designs.

Minted – prints business cards, creates notebooks, designs pillows and so much more. I’m still getting compliments on my triple thick cards I got last year.

Blogging Platform

Blogger – online platform owned by Google. Popular bloggers on the platform; Blair of Atlantic Pacific.

Joomla– is a content management system (CMS), which enables you to build websites and powerful online applications.

Typepad – is a blogging platform from SAY media company.

Medium – has recently added a blogging element. It is founded by some of the founders of Twitter.

Drupla – is a free software package that allows you to easily organize, manage, and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization.

Cloud Based Storage

Google Drive – is a free service from Google that allows you to store and access files online from anywhere using the cloud.

Dropbox – is a free service that lets you bring and share your photos, docs, and videos anywhere easily.

Onedrive – is a free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account. It’s like an extra hard drive that’s available from any of the devices you use.

Box – their mission is to make sharing, accessing, and managing content ridiculously easy.

Design of Graphics

Indesign –  is a desktop publishing software application, produced by Adobe Systems. It can be used to create posters, flyers, brochures, etc..

Illustrator – is a vector drawing program. It is often used to draw illustrations, cartoons, diagrams, charts, and logos.

Photoshop – an image editing software developed and manufactured by Adobe Systems Inc.

Canva – online, a free (and paid) tool that helps you create designs and more.

PicMonkey – makes creative tools for photo editing and graphic design.

Pixlr –  is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service.

Collecting and Sending Emails

Mailchimp – an online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails, and track results. Launch on Mailchimp and Step by Step Guide Mailchimp.

Constant Contact – you can create effective email marketing and other online marketing campaigns to meet your business goals.

MadMimi – is the easiest way to create, send, share, and track email newsletters online. They are now a Go Daddy company.

Digital Signing of Documents

SignEasy – is an electronic signature that offers the easiest, most intuitive way to implement e-signatures in your business.

EchoSign – send, e-sign, track, and file documents and contracts securely.

Hello Sign – secure electronic signatures that are of business caliber, easy-to-use, and legally binding.

Domain and Hosting

Go Daddy – is the current hosting company that I use and love.

Hostgator – is an Austin based company. Great customer service. Save 30% off with “imperfect30”

Bluehost – is very popular amongst bloggers.

WP Engine – has great customer service and is focused on WordPress.

eCommerce Platforms To Sell On

Bigcommerce – is easy to start, has a loyal program, an abandon shopping plugin, and more come standard apps to help your small business.

WordPress – is great for customization and tying blogging and eCommerce together.

Squarespace – is simple and easy to get started on.

Read the pro’s and con’s of the three platforms in my Small Business ecommerce article.

For Reading Articles Later

Instapaper – syncs the articles and videos you save, so that they’re waiting for you on all your devices.

Google Keep – Quickly create, access, and organize notes, lists, and photos.

Pocket – store articles and more that you want to view later.

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Gold Foil Printing

These two sites were mentioned in a Facebook group I’m apart of, but I have not personally used them.

Team Concept Printing

McGraphics Inc.

Hiring Freelancers

Odesk – an online community to source for or be a freelancer. Known for cheap international work.

eLance – I love using this platform to find people for quick, fast fixes.

Taskrabbit – find local people to run errands for you. Also, great for making extra cash.

Fiverr – I recently had a crappy experience with this platform. Basically, you can’t dispute with PayPal about them, when they mess up your order. They will suspend your account. However, I still love referring the guy who did work for me.

Instagram social media

Wolfgram – is a WordPress plugin that uses the Instagram API to display your Instagram Feed.

Ink361 – view and share Instagram photos and videos online, in your web browser.

VsoCam – is an iPhone & iPod Touch camera app with elegant, minimal processing options.

Iconosquare – helps your brand Instagram better.

Word swag – helps generate beautiful text imagery.

Over – creates beautiful typography images, text, and more.

Latergram – upload and schedule your Instagram posts from your computer or mobile phone.

Keep Track of Finances

Square – processes payments, invoices, scheduling, and much more.

Go Daddy Bookkeeping – online bookkeeping, invoices, taxes, and more.

WaveApp – is cloud-based, integrated software and tools for small businesses. So far, that includes Invoicing, Accounting, Payroll, Payments, and more. In addition to, Personal Finance Software.

expensify – an expense reporting app.

Learn To Code

Treehouse – they boast on their website that they are the fastest and easiest way to learn to code, make apps, and start a business.

Skillshare – allows you to take online classes at your pace, on the particular subject you want to learn about.

Code academy – They start with the very basics and then you work your way up.

Skillfeed – Provides professional training video tutorials on creative and technical skills.

Lynda – is the leading online learning code company, that helps people learn business, software, technology, and creative skills; to achieve personal and professional goals

Ladies Learning To Code – This organization has launched chapters all over the world, helping women just like you and I start the process of coding.

Manage Your Digital To Do List

Todoist – is an online task management app and to-do list. Available on Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome, Outlook, and many more options.

Teux Deux– Their idea was to build a bare-bones but visually compelling, and highly usable to-do app.

Any.Do – is a suite of integrated mobile productivity apps. The company’s first product was the Any.do task management app.

AwesomeNote – is an innovative note taking application and to-do manager that allows you to combine notes with “to-do” flexibility.

Remember The Milk – is the popular to-do list that’s everywhere you are: from your phone, to the web, to your Google apps, and more.

Wunderlist – is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re organizing your work, sharing a shopping list with a loved one, or planning an overseas adventure.

Evernote – is for taking notes and keeping images & ideas all in one place. It takes some getting used to. Some people love it, some don’t.


Pinterest Image Expander – makes repinning quicker. No need to click the image to view all the details.

Tailwind –  Pinterest Management, Marketing, and Analytics tool set.

Printing & Products

Wegraphics –  is a creative studio specialized into the creation of graphic design resources. We do the best to provide high-quality products that our subscribers can use in their commercial projects.

Pixeden – creates free and premium graphic, design, and web resources.

Deluxe Printing – great place to order cards, brochures, and more, with a quick turn around.

Smartpress –  offers a wider variety of print media, mounting substrates, laminates, digital die cutting, and other sophisticated finishing options.

Stationery HQ – partners with companies in the stationery and paper products business. They stay focused on product design and sales. They’re experts in print, production, and shipping services. They take care of optimizing the back-end processes while you build your business.

Zazzle – is all about turning your unique ideas and products into a reality with their programs. Simple to use.

Cafe Press – you can design, create, and sell your product in one place.

Project Management

17Hats – allows you to combine projects all in one place versus using multiple platforms and hats.

Basecamp – streamlines your company’s projects and projects you are working on with others.

Asana – re-imagines how teamwork gets done, through fast & flexible web and mobile applications.

Trello – avails you to see everything about your projects and collaborations in one single glance.

Protection of Passwords

1Password – gives you the security you need in today’s online world without slowing you down.

Keeper – is a password vault that provides password management and online file storage.

Scan Documents From Your Phone

Genius Scan –  is a scanner in your pocket. Quickly scan your documents on the go, and export them as JPEG or multi-page PDF files.

Wave Receipts – a free online receipt scanning tool; your receipts will seamlessly flow into Wave’s integrated Web app.

Stock Photography

All great resources for beautiful stock imagery.


Death to the Stock Photo


Life of Pix 

Jay Mantri






ISO Republic

Social Media Management

Buffer – is a new and smarter way to share what you want to share on Social Media.

Hootsuite – is an enhanced social media management tool to help streamline your company’s needs.

CoSchedule – is a drag-and-drop editorial calendar for WordPress. Schedule blog posts with your team and automatically send messages to your social networks.

Scheduling Appointments + Accepting Payments

Square –  is a financial service, merchant service aggregator, and mobile payments tool.

ShootQ –  allows you to easily keep track of tasks, schedule appointments, book and sign contracts online, communicate with clients and prospective clientele, helps manage your leads, and more.

Acuity – is an online appointment scheduling company.

Calendly – makes life easy for business professionals and their customers by streamlining administrative tasks through simply, beautiful scheduling software.

Trade shows & Wholesale

Tradeshow Camp – offers webinar and in-person workshops to help small businesses prepare for the wholesale market and large-scale trade shows.

SBA Blog – shares how you can get into wholesale and trade shows.

Dionco – mission is to deliver state-of-the-art information and solutions on all facets of the retail industry, as well as, provide insights on future trends.

Magic Market – is where the international community of apparel and accessories, offers an intimate buying experience for the contemporary menswear market.


Creative Market – is a platform for handcrafted, mouse made design content, from independent creatives around the world.

DaFont – is a compilation of large databases of fonts for commercial and noncommercial use. You can preview font designs.

Type Genius – is an online database of fonts for commercial and noncommercial use.

Font Park – free fonts on the Internet. You can find fonts for commercial and noncommercial applications for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.


Tweetdeck – Twitter dashboard.

TwitterCounter – search engine and statistics tracking tool.

Wefollow – a compiled directory of individuals such as celebrities and thought leaders to follow.


Google Hangout – host up to 10 people in your webinar and then send play back to them.

Go To Meeting – something I have used as a student attending accelerator classes.

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