There are so many entrepreneurs all over the world who are in the exact same position you’re in right now—looking to self-fund their way to a successful business.
One of the most exciting things about bootstrapping startups is that every founder does it a little differently. It’s kind of a choose-your-own-adventure.
However, the similarity is that every founder thrives on finding as many resources as they can find to help make miracles happen.
And thanks to the internet, you don’t have to do it alone. There are a ton of free tools online that can help you grow your business, as well as free trials available for online products that will simplify your marketing and management processes.
On this series of the Bootstrapped Startup, we are going to share the best FREE resources when it comes to writing, graphic resources, and email management tools and more so that we can help you make the day to day of growing your business a whole lot easier.
Free Writing/Blogging Resources
Hemingway App is a distraction-free writing environment. An editor that makes your writing bold and clear. Formatted and published wherever you need.
Grammarly’s AI-powered products help people communicate more effectively and ensures that everything you type is easy to read and mistake-free.
Medium is a different kind of place on the internet. A place where the measure of success isn’t views, but viewpoints. Where the quality of the idea matters, not the author’s qualifications. A place where conversation pushes ideas forward and words still matter.
The minimal writing tool of web. A minimalist writing zone, where you can block out all distractions and get to what’s important. The writing!
See all your posts, drag & drop to manage your blog. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.
Collaborative and competitive writing, bring you the opportunity to write stories together.
This plugin excels in giving you full control over the visibility of your a post. By default, any post you add to your WordPress blog will become the topmost post, and will show up immediately on the front page in the first position, and similarly in category/tag/archive pages
The Social Locker locks your most valuable site content behind a set of social buttons until the visitor likes, shares, +1s or tweets your page. It helps to improve social performance of your website, get more likes/shares, build quality followers and attract more traffic from social networks.
Known allows any number of users to post to a shared site with blog posts, status updates, photographs, and more.
Its robust open source framework can be used to build fully-fledged community sites, or a blog for a single user. It’s up to you.
The world’s largest community for readers and writers. Wattpad gives people from around the world access to an audience of millions, and connects them with content they can’t find anywhere else.
Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.
Free Graphic Resources
Pixlr Editor is a free, advanced image editor that has all the tools a professional graphic designer might need.
Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.
Empowers anyone to create & share powerful visuals.
Create optimized images for social media.
Free product mockups & templates.
Edit photos using Adobe Photoshop on your phone.
Design custom social media images.
An easy way to create and customize images with pre-made templates, layouts, texts and backgrounds for social media, blogs, presentations, thumbnails and posters in both PNG and JPG files.
Edit, collage or design images.
Sophisticated GNU image manipulation tool & cross-platform image editor.
Create infographics, charts & maps.
Create product screenshots.
For free stock photos, videos, sound effects, icons & more.
Quirky high-resolution images for commercial & personal use.
Quirky high-resolution photos, new images added weekly.
Stock photos for designers.
These resources are specifically related to tools or images that companies would like to use. Whether you want to create product models or just want images of people or teams working in offices, these resources specifically respond to that.
Generates mockups for Apple & Android products.
Mockups, UI kits, icons, text effects, backgrounds and more.
Create beautiful product screenshots for iPad & iPhone.
Real-life mockup generator.
iPhone mockup generator & app demo videos.
An entire library of the best email designs.
Business related photos for startups, bloggers and media.
Free Audio, Video and Animation Maker
Make professional introduction videos.
Stock videos, 4k footage & high-definition clips.
Stock videos, sound effects, overlays, textures and more.
High-definition stock videos & video clips added every 10 days.
Captivating videos of all categories, attribution may be required.
Free Email Management
Famous WordPress plugin to collect email addresses.
Send 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free. *Disclaimer, we have heard many cannabis companies and brands get their accounts shutdown or frozen when using MailChimp.
The Email Service For Developers. Free 10K emails/month.
Delivers your transactional and marketing email. Send 40,000 emails for your first 30 days, then send 100/day, forever.
SendinBlue empowers businesses to build and grow relationships through marketing campaigns, transactional messaging and marketing automation. Send 300 emails / day for free.
Free Customer Service & Surveys
The versatile data collection tool for professionals. Typeform makes asking easy & answering refreshing.
Create a survey. Get user feedback for free.
Batch is leading mobile CRM & push notifications platform.
Stay tuned for next week’s, the Bootstrap Startup article series to learn about the top tools and resources, focusing on great business blogs, resource sites and free guides and online courses.
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