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Thursday, June 11, 2009

At the Starting Gate - Free Small Biz Services!


So yesterday, I wrote about some "no strings attached" freebies more for home and fun. Today, I have a few more to list (a few more from "Woman's Day" - big surprise!) and some from my own digging around!

Do you run your own business? Does the current economy have you thinking about this as an alternative (or addition) to your current employment situation? Well, here are some free resources to get you started!

* www.sba.gov
Free online business courses from the Small Business Administration. Courses are self-paced and take about 30 minutes to go through. TOpics include writing business plans and financing your small business. (You can also look here to find free in-person classes near you!)

* www.protonic.com
Get free computer support from volunteer experts via e-mail.

* www.vistaprint.com
You can create and receive 250 free high-quality business cards on this site (you only pay about $5 for shipping) They also offer free rubber stamps. They may keep pestering you a bit as they want to get you hooked on their services, but even then their prices are pretty reasonable!

* www.wififreespot.com
Ths handy site can tell you with restaurants and coffee shops in your area offer free wireless Internet access. This could come in handy!

* www.officelive.com
Microsoft Office Live allows you to create a free online workspace...I don't know all of the details, but it looks really helpful! You can create your own website for free and store documents online!

* www.Go-Co.net
Get free business "How-To" Guides (though some of the "free" business services looked a bit shady!)

* www.smallbiz.att.com
This site provides a learning center with advice on technical solutions for your business as well as news & insights (re: tech, marketing, finance and HR) and a community of Small Business Experts. This site is definitely worth a second look!

* www.Freebyte.com
Freebyte provides a wide range of free business software...check the site for details and available products!

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