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Business Resources

From Tory Johnsons’s “Spark and Hustle”

General Resources

fastcompany.com, inc.com, entreprener.com, success.com

Immerse yourself in smart advice, useful templates and inspiring stories ~ always ahead of the trends

sba.gov and score.org

Government resources such as legal, financing and marketing help, along with access to live forums and customized advice.

smartbrief.com

Delivers industry-specific newsletters to your email every day.

Tools and Services

constantcontact.com

This is the service I (Tory) use to stay in contact with my email subscribers.  Email marketing, social media monitoring and event promotion campaigns.

efax.com

Provides a fax number to receive faxes which are delivered to you by email.

google.com/docs

Work on the same documents with your virtual team, assistant or mastermind group.

google.com/voice

Get a free phone number and voice mail for your business

gopayment.com, square.com

Mobile payment solutions to accept credit card payments on the go.

yousendit.com and dropbox.com

Send large files easily via the Web.

surepayroll.com

Online payroll leader for small businesses, plus fresh content weekly on starting and growing a small business with an emplasis on payroll and employee-related issues.

safeoffice.com

Cloud storage with off-shore servers.  Safely store client/session details.  Easy to use with amazing customer service.  Highly recommended (Jaeleen)

freeconferencing.com and freeconferencecall.com

Host conference calls and teleclasses at no cost.

Coworking

hq.com and loosecubes.com

National resources for affordable options for finding corporate space without investing heavily in your own office, but there are a lot of local coworking options as well.

Funding

indiegogo.com and kickstarter.com

Crowdfunding platforms that allow you to generate cash and buzz for your business or idea by engaging your circle of influence.

kabbage.com, prosper.com and lendingclub.com

With good credit and a solid track record, solicit a loan from peers or online lenders.

Product Development

mominvented.com, jimdebetta.com, edisonnation.com, uspto.gov

Advice and services to take your product idea from concept to shelf.

Website and E-commerce Solutions

paypal.com, constantcontact.com, autowebbusiness.com

Collects payment for events on your website

ejunkie.com

Solutions for selling products online, especially items available for digital download, like ebooks or audio programs.

wordpress.org, tumblr.com, intuit.com/website-building-software/

Business Cards

minted.com and moo.com

My vendors of choice for quality business cards.

Self-Publishing Resources

pubit.com, mypublisher.com, lulu.com

My favorite sites for self-publishing and printing beautiful photo books to use as portfolios for your work.

Smartphone Apps

SurePayroll

This mobile app means I don’t have to be in the office to pay my team.  I can process payroll on the go.

GoPayment and Square

These apps let me accept credit card payments at live events.  Receipts are texted or emailed directly to customers.

Evernote

Use this app to clip audio, video, text and images and save them to a central Web repository.

TweetDeck

Connect with contacts across Twitter, Facebook and other social media networks.

Social Media Sites

You should – at a minimum – have profiles created for these major social media sites:

facebook.com

twitter.com

linkedin.com

youtube.com

pinterest.com

google.com/+

tumblr.com

instagram.com

Social Media Resources

animoto.com

Instantly create short videos for promotional purposes using your photos and text.

bitly.com

Shorten and track links, which makes for much cleaner posts (and fewer characters) when you’re sharing in social media.

hootsuite.com, roost.com, tweetdeck.com

Tools to streamline and preschedule your social media efforts.  (Be cautious about too much automation.)

pagemodo.com

Create a professional landing page for your Facebook fan page.

wildfireapp.com

Create social media contests.

Productivity Resources

evernote.com

Keep notes, screen grabs, articles and websites you want to remember in one place.

todoist.com

Online task manager to stay organized and productive.

timetrade.com

Allow clients or customers to schedule appointments with you via an online calendar.

shoeboxed.com

Convert paper receipts to digital data to organize it for efficient bookkeeping and tax prep.

helpareporter.com

Register for a daily email with queries from reporters, editors and producers looking for expert sources.

Outsourcing

crowdspring.com

Post graphic or other design projects for one hundred thousand creatives to submit their best ideas.

elance.com and odesk.com

Access top talent when you have a specific need

fiver.com

Anything from logos to videos for $5.00