Small Business Resource Guide

Welcome to the Nevins Memorial Library’s Small Business Resource Guide! This page will present you with tools and resources that will assist you as you start and run your small business. If you’re stuck, please contact the library.

Phone: 978-686-4080

ill@nevinslibrary.org

These online entities provide business education for free over the Internet. Please click on the image to be redirected to the organization’s website.

Coursera
Mass.gov
Nolo
Score
EdX
MIT Open Courseware
SBA

These are websites that provide free services or services that are free at a basic level. The Nevins Memorial Library does not endorse or oppose any business purchase.

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Images

Pixabay – This completely free fair-use picture site features stunning photos and clipart. Check each photo’s usage rights before using them for advertising.

Canva – Graphic design made free and easy.

Piktochart – The basic package of this fancy infographic-maker is free, including an unlimited number of creations.

Unsplash – A free stock photo site featuring very high-quality images.

Freeimages – This site is worth it for its large number of images, but beware of ads!

Communications

Mailchimp – Design and send mass emails to your subscribers with ease. Free for businesses with under 2000 subscribers, up to 12,000 emails per month.

FaxZero – Send up to 5 free faxes per day.

Hunter – Search for email addresses by domain. 100 free searches per month.

SurveyMonkey – Make your own surveys! Free up to 100 survey responses for 10-question surveys. For small and local businesses, this survey-creation and distribution engine can be very useful.

Doodle – Schedule meetings easily and for free. An individual account with basic features costs nothing.

WordPress – Free blogging.

Collaboration and Storage

Trello – A collaborative online workspace featuring file sharing and boards. The basic version is free.

Google Drive – Free cloud storage and collaborative editing tools with every Google account.

Dropbox – The first 1GB of stored data on this cloud drive is free.

Antivirus

Malwarebytes – With a basic free version, this antivirus software is one of the best available on the web.

Software

Wave – free business accounting software. Some additional services, like payroll, are available for pay-as-you-go. Well reviewed and widely used!

LibreOffice – A completely free clone of Microsoft Office that can be downloaded from the Internet.

Gimp – Free, open source, trustworthy Photoshop clone.

Skype – Free computer-to-computer (and device-to-device) calling. You can all phones, but that will cost you.