Day 14: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path



day14-dailyadviceIt's day 14 of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path and the end of week two! And it's time for more resources! When you are ready to start your own business, it's important to use all of the rescources available to you. And there are so many free or low-cost options, we just had to share.


Cindy Yates

Following Orders, LLC


"Seek out resources that can help you. There are so many out there and most are free. Also, never be afraid to ask for help, I have met the most amazing people on my journey."



This is but a small portion of all of the amazing resources out there. If you discover any other resouces you want to share, please let us know!



Accounting & Finance

Freshbooks - Cloud Accounting Solution Designed for Small Business Owners

Wave Accounting – Online app for everything from invoicing, accounting, payroll, personal finances, and receipts

CurdBee- Online Billing Software for Small Businesses and Freelancers

Square – take payments anywhere on your iPhone of iPad

Upsourced Accounting – affordable, professional accounting services

Recurly – Free tools that allows you to bill subscription customers quickly and easily


Customer Support

GetSatisfaction - a platform that lets your customers interact with each other, be heard and find resolution

SurveyMonkey – Create online surveys to reach your customers and for market research

GoTo Meeting - Easy web conferencing and online meeting tools that lets you work with anyone, anywhere

Contactually – keep track of contacts and customers and set up reminders to reconnect or follow-up with them



Legal Zoom – fee based access to contracts, formation documents, and other business related templates

Docusign – easy to use online tool that allows users to sign contracts, online, from anywhere

Rocketlegal – everything you need to make it legal, including document creation and online legal support from legal professionals

My Corporation – online service to form and file your business entity documents


Marketing & Marketing Research

MailChimp – email marketing tool

HubSpot – complete set of inbound marketing tools

Help A Reporter Out - connect with reporters looking for sources – tons of primary marketing research – all kinds of charts of marketing research results across several media platforms – email marketing platform - check out your local competition - affordable way to create your own mobile apps


Web Development

99designs – run contests for all of your graphic design needs

Fivrr – all kinds of business services – graphic design, voice over, and more – everything only $5

Crowdspring – submit your request for graphic design and web copy and get submissions from several designers/writers – then chose your favorite

ThemeForest – all kinds of high-quality website themes

Wordpress – one of the most popular blogging and website platforms.

Launchrock – collect interest and build and audience before you launch a new product or website

Drupal – Open-source website platform, great for building social networks and online communities

Wix – great way to get a professional looking website for free.

Shopify – online service to set up a professional online store.


Small Business Financing/Funding

Rock the Post - startup investing made easy

SBA Loans – Get all the details on how the SBA can help with your small business financing – venture capital website

Kickstarter – crowdfunding website

Indigogo – crowdfunding website - lets you raise capital in exchange for a small share of your future income.

VetStarter – crowdfunding platform for disabled vets

Sprigster – crowdfunding platform for veterans and military spouses interesting in purchasing a franchise

Repay Vets – crowdfunding platform offering traditional and equity crowdfunding to vets


Business Plans

BP Plans – offers free templates for common businesses - online software for creating complete business plans



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