(Mostly) Free Web Tools for Entrepreneurs – Part 1 of 2

There are so many web-based tools available to help entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Finding the least expensive (or no cost) tools are even more effective for a startup’s bottom line.

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Former Navy SEAL Jeff Boss is an entrepreneur and business consultant whose company McChrystalGroup helps organizations become more adaptable through CrossLead, a combat-proven leadership framework. Below, he has compiled some free/inexpensive web tools that can help entrepreneurs with various tasks and projects (and ultimate increase efficiency!)

Newswhip.com:Rather than searching through hundreds and thousands of brand-related Twitter hashtags, use Newswhip to aggregate the high volume of topical discussions and deliver the most popular ones to you. This way, you can start a conversation with the right influencers.

Lucidchart: Use Lucidchart to create visual projects, such as diagrams, mind maps, or flow charts. Get started by using the free trial version and if you like it, you can sign up for monthly packages with low fees and options, ranging from as low as $3.33/month up to $21/month for the premium package.

Google for Entrepreneurs: This site created by Google hosts an online community featuring insider knowledge, such as instruction and advice videos from entrepreneurs and small business owners who have ‘been there, done that’.

CreativeLive: Use this site to listen in on free video content ranging on various topics related to creativity, such as photo and video, art and design, music and audio, craft and maker, to money and life. There is also an option to upgrade to a paid status and gain access to all content, not just the limited selection of free videos.

Skimlinks: For businesses looking for another revenue stream, this can be a useful tool to help your content monetization strategy by turning links and keywords on your site into their equivalent affiliate links. The best part about this resource? Skimlinks works on a revenue share model, meaning that you don’t pay anything to join or use the service; they just take a small cut from the commissions you earn.

What low- or no-cost web tools do you find most effective for your business? Be sure to stay tuned for next week’s blog post which will share even more web-based tools for entrepreneurs!

For more information on this topic, please visit: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235287

Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!

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