25 Necessities Entrepreneurs Can Get for Free

As an entrepreneur or aspiring student pursuing a entrepreneurship degree program, you can become stressed out by the idea of getting bogged down by the start up costs for your current (or future) business. So, how can you cut costs on must-have items? Many “freebies”, free services and information can be found if you know where to look...


1.


Business Cards
are an essential item for your business and career; you never know when you will make the next great contact! Get started with a batch of 10 from MOO

http://moo.com


2.


Email
along with free accounts from Yahoo and Hotmail, try Google Apps for Business

http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/messaging.html


3.


Business Plans
Examples, advice, and tools to help write a business plan from the SBA

http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/plan/writeabusinessplan/index.html


4.


Business Forms
find the business form you need at Entrepreneur-Form Net

http://www.entrepreneur.com/formnet/index.html


5.


Legal Forms
free from the Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/tools/Forms/smallbusinessforms


6.


Government Loan Information
http://www.govloans.gov/ (Select “Business” link)

and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

https://www.cfda.gov/index?cck=1&au=&ck=


7.


Incentives and Giveaways
A variety of freebies can be found at Hey! It’s Free!

http://www.heyitsfree.net/


8.


Research Sites
Locate basic company/industry information

http://www.hillsource.org/members/custom_mods.cfm?cusID=190


9.


Gas
Ok, so it is almost never given away for free, but you can find cheaper rates at the pump for your business travel.

Check out Gas Buddy http://www.gasbuddy.com/

and Gas Price Watch http://www.gaspricewatch.com/new/default_V3.asp


10.


Marketing Information & Tutorials
KnowThis

http://www.knowthis.com


11.


Tax Forms & Information
Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/index.html?navmenu=menu1


12.


Business Software from Google
Create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms to be used and accessible online anywhere through Google Docs

http://google.com


13.


Reference/Research Materials
Available free at the library (public or university) and online at Reference for Business

http://www.referenceforbusiness.com

includes links to business encyclopedias, biographies, companies histories, and business plans


14.


Microsoft Office Templates
Online templates for documents including invoices, business cards, time sheets, budgets, and contracts

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates


15.


Web Space
Free hosting for a website and some of the sites listed help you publish a website

http://www.thefreesite.com/Free_Web_Space/


16.


Business Software
Free downloads from ZDNet for Windows, Mac, and Mobile operating systems

http://downloads.zdnet.com/Software/Business+Software/?cname=Business+Software&osfilter=&licfilter=free


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Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information
Protect your intellectual property.

US Patent & Trademark Office http://www.uspto.gov/

and US Copyright Office http://copyright.gov


21.


Food
Free food, samples, and coupons at

http://www.heyitsfree.net/category/food/


22.


E-commerce & Internet Information
Learn the ins and outs of having your business online

http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/manage/technology/SERV_ECOMRESOURCES.html (use the PDF links to access files)


23.


Security Software
Free downloads for from ZDNet for Windows, Mac, and Mobile operating systems

http://downloads.zdnet.com/Software/Security+Software/?cname=Security+Software&osfilter=&licfilter=free


24.


Mentoring
Free local, confidential small business mentoring from SCORE

http://www.score.org/index.html


25.


Office Supplies
Free and inexpensive items, along with store coupons Hey! It’s Free!

http://www.heyitsfree.net/2009/08/03/school-supply-deals/


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Hilary Wagner is a native Floridian. She is an alumnus of St. Petersburg Junior College and the University of South Florida, majoring in American Studies. She then obtained her Master's in Library and Information Science from USF, where she. She has worked in academic and public libraries, and accepted the position of Reference Librarian at Rasmussen's Pasco County, Florida College at Rasmussen in 2006. She serves on the Diversity and Learning & Teaching committees and is the liaison to the Business program, including Business Management degree specialization.

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