We love free things, don’t we? But while not all free things are valuable, these five resources go above and beyond in what they provide to small businesses for absolutely zero investment. When I look for free small business resources to share, I want them to be valuable, totally free (no catch or limited “free” offer) and instantly beneficial. If you know of others, please share them in the comments.
1. BizLaunch. Naturally I’d be remiss if I didn’t share BizLaunch! Not only do you get great advice on this blog (some of it written by yours truly), but BizLaunch offers a ton of free webinars on topics like social media and websites as well as free templates for things like business plans and balance sheets.
2. Canada Business Network
Whether you’re trying to figure out if you should start a business or want information on permits and licensing in Canada, the Canada Business Network has free resources for you. You can also find a Regional Business Service Centre, which offers events and additional free resources in your area.
3. Canada One
This interactive site offers a variety of great resources, from business guides (they’ll even walk you through creating a press release) to a free business directory. You can ask the experts your pressing questions about small biz as well. There’s a lot of opportunity on this site to connect with other business owners and share your own experiences.
4. Small Business Trends
While based in the U.S., Small Business Trends covers small biz topics relevant to all North Americans. The site offers a steady stream of blog content, guides and news, as well as free business templates. Pop over to the forum to get advice from other small business owners (I’m a moderator there; I’d love to have you there!), or submit your press release or news to potentially get covered.
5. Small Business BC
There are tons of other great and free resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners online. In fact, offering free tools and content is a great marketing tip (write that one down).
Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an internet marketing firm specializing in marketing communications, copywriting and blog posts. She’s written two books: 101 Entrepreneur Tips and Internet Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, and has blogged for several sites, including The Marketing Eggspert Blog, as well as Mashable, Small Business Trends, CorpNet and Lead411. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing
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