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


2. Email

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


3.Business Plans

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


4. Business Forms

find the business form you need at Entrepreneur-Form Net


5. Legal Forms

free from the Small Business Administration


6. Government Loan Information

http://www.govloans.gov/ (Select “Business” link) and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance


7. Incentives and Giveaways

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


8. Research Sites

Locate basic company/industry information


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



11. Tax Forms & Information

Internal Revenue Service


12. Business Software from Google

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


13. Reference/Research Materials

Available free at the library (public or university) and online at Reference for Business. 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


15. Web Space

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


16. Business Software

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


17. Online Training & Courses


18. License & Permit Information


19. Go Green! Energy Saving Tips


20. 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


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


24. Mentoring

Free local, confidential small business mentoring from SCORE


25. Office Supplies

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


Hilary Wagner

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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