Choosing the path of entrepreneurship is one that comes with both risk and reward. On the one hand, you become your own boss with the potential to improve your quality of life better than a typical job. On the other hand, it is a huge investment with all the costs that come with running it. Especially if you are the sole proprietor in which you have to do everything (ex. finances, marketing, legal, HR, etc.)
However, to help people like you, there are resources that you can use to take the pressure off running your business. Not only with they help you grow your business, but they are also FREE to use right away!
Free Learning Tools
HubSpot Academy is a 100% free resource to learn about different aspects of running a business. They provide top-notch courses taught by successful executives and business owners wanting to pass on what they learned so you can be successful as well! These course subjects range from digital marketing, web development, and even graphic design!
Moreover, these courses have no deadline or time limit so you can learn at your own pace and set your own schedule!
Even better, some courses provide certifications upon completion by scoring high enough on the exams. A HubSpot certification is also a great resume builder for those still in college or just looking to get a job in a specific field.
The last feature to mention about HubSpot is that with each lesson there is a bevy of resources that you can look into in the video description to learn even more about the subject!
Recently we discussed how amazing SCORE is for those wanting to pursue entrepreneurship. On the topic of learning, we mentioned that SCORE provides the means that you can learn how to start a business from the ground up using the free webinars that they provide. These webinars are live so you can be updated on the latest things happening in the business world.
Miss a webinar? Don’t worry about it! All webinar recordings are stored in the Webinar Library readily available for your viewing pleasure.
Alongside webinars, they have an online resource library. This library is full of business templates, e-guides, checklists, blogs, infographics, videos, tools, and other helpful resources to help you start and grow your small business.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what SCORE provides so we highly recommend you check them out!
Free Financial Tools
When sorting out the finances of your business, it can be overwhelming with factoring receipts, taxes, budgeting, etc. Intuit provides software to help with those aforementioned factors.
However, while each application is great in its own right, not all applications are free so I will highlight the free applications, so you don’t have to worry about paying a subscription fee to use them.
When it comes to tax season you know a TurboTax ad is not long to follow! Also with each ad, they always mention one word repeatedly until it is stuck in your head: FREE! Fortunately, that’s not just a cheap buzzword to get attention; it’s free to file your taxes with TurboTax. This software is very simple to use when filing. You can use the app (which is also free) to upload all your tax documents onto the system so you won’t have to type out everything from the document. From there you just answer some simple
For managing your money, Mint has got you covered! Mint brings together everything from spending, balances, and budgets to your credit score and more. You can easily connect all your accounts. From cash and credit to loans and investments, you can see your complete financial picture with Mint. Though its greatest feature lies in its budgeting capabilities. Mint allows you to create custom budgets, so you know where every dollar goes, instead of wondering where it went.
Another great financial software for businesses is Zoho Books. Zoho Books is online accounting software that manages your finances, automates business workflows, and helps you work collectively across departments. This website allows you to create custom invoices, track your bills and expenses, manage your banking, and a whole lot more at no cost to you!
If you want to go for a more hands-on approach, Zoho Books offers a demo account that you can use to interact with the features to see how they work before you use it for your business.