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  • Every Cent Counts: 15 Money-Saving Platforms to Help You Start Your Business

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    It’s free!

    Everyone loves to hear those special words, especially new entrepreneurs. Cash flow ranks at the top list for new startups as small businesses are always looking to save money. 

    There are several businesses and platforms that offer free or low-cost services that can benefit your venture by simplifying your management processes.

    Pro Tip: Even if an organization does not advertise a free or discounted program, always ask if the organization or brand if they can offer a discounted price to your organization.  

    Check out these 15 free to low-cost tools and resources to grow your business.

    Fiverr: Fiverr offers freelance services such as web design, digital marketing
    and administrative services

    Upwork: You can hire, or offer your services such as web design,
    accounting, and customer service with the top freelancing site

    SCORE: Your local SCORE chapter offers classes on accounting,
    marketing, and customer service

    Techsoup: Techsoup offers discounted hardware and software to nonprofits. They
    also offer an online training in topics such as Windows Office, and

    Indiana Youth Institute: The Indiana Youth Institute offers information about grants, fundraising resources, professional development, and nonprofit management.  Offers professional development grants

    Local Libraries: Your local library might offer free Microsoft Word and Excel classes or how to start a business. 

    Guidestar: Guidestar offers analysis tools, data services, platform solutions, and

    Idealist: On this site, you can post your job or volunteer opening for millions to view and respond to

    Customer Relationship Management (CRM): Salesforce.com provides
    subscription to Sales Cloud Enterprise Edition software at no cost to

    Digital Management: DocuSign offers a 30 percent discount to nonprofits and its cloud-based software can help with grant applications, volunteer
    screening, membership renewals, event registration and obtaining electronic
    signatures on important documents

    Free Conference Call: This platform offers a free conference call number and online
    meeting access

    Boomerang: This platform allows you to schedule emails and reminders  

    Youcanbook me: Use this meeting tool to schedule meetings and help organize your schedule 

    Calendly:  Use this free resource to  schedule meetings without back and forth with email

    Dropbox: This cloud storage platform allows you to share files and collaborate on
    documents without a drawer full of USB cables and fifteen phone calls to your
    cousin who works in IT.


    Linda Diakite Karressy

    Linda's mission is to empower, educate, train businesses to maximize their cash flow. Linda is Owner and President of Insight Financial Group, LLC that provides accounting services to businesses.