29 Tools and Resources for the Bootstrapping Entrepreneur

Starting a business is already expensive and time-consuming enough. The young internet entrepreneur can use some of the following tools and resources to help get started on their journey (while they’re still working in a basement, parents home or shared apartment) before they can afford to pay for every piece of software they need or to hire someone who knows the tricks of the trade.

1. 7 Zip: http://7-zip.org (free download) An open source, free alternative to WinZip.

2. Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net (free download) An open source software used for recording & editing audio files.

3. AVG: http://free.avg.com (free download) Anti-virus and anti-spyware protection.

4. BrowserShots: http://browsershots.org (free online tool) Use this site to view how your website look in various browsers.

5. CamStudio: http://camstudio.org (free download) Lets you record all screen & audio activity on your computer and create video files.

6. CCleaner: http://ccleaner.com (free download) Removes unused files from your pc allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up space.

7. Color Cop: http://colorcop.net (free online tool) A multi-purpose color picker — great for web designers and programmers.

8. Down For Everyone: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com (free online tool) Is your site down? Use this tool to see if your website is down for other people.

9. DupeFree: http://dupefreepro.com (free download) Quickly check for duplicate content & LSI keywords.

10. Evernote: http://evernote.com (free download) Scan your notes, receipts, etc … it will OCR the content, sace it, and make it searchable).

11. FileZilla: http://filezilla-project.org (free download) Open source FTP program for uploading files to your host.

12. Firefox: http//mozilla.com/firefox (free download) Alternate web browser.

13. GIMP: http://gimp.org (free download) An open source program used to create & edit — free alternative to Photoshop.

14. Give Away Of The Day: http://giveawayoftheday.com (free download) Unique site that offers you a free license digital product daily.

15. Kompozer: http://kompozer.net (free download) An easy to use WYSIWYG HTML editor.

16. Marketing Forum: http://resell-rights-weekly.com/forum (free online tool) Very helpful forum with lots of good info on internet marketing. Friendly members too.

17. NicheBot Classic: http://nichebotclassic.com (free online tool) Online keyword research tool helps you target the correct keywords.

18. Open Office: http://openoffice.org (free download) Open source office software — word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations …

19. OSWD: http://oswd.org/ (free downloads) Open Source Web Design offers free web design templates.

20. PDF995: http://pdf995.com (free download) Use this tool to easily convert files to PSD format.

21. PDF to Word Converter: http://pdftoword.com (free online tool) Easily create editable Word Doc files from PDF content — for legit purposes only! 🙂

22. Pixie: http://nattyware.com/pixie.php (free download) Great for web designers — just point to a color and discover the code value for that color.

23. Resell Rights Weekly: http://resell-rights-weekly.com (many free downloads) Free membership where you can download over 300 PLR/RR products for free.

24. Roboform: http://roboform.com (free download) Easily & safely manage your passwords.

25. ScreenHunter: http://wisdom-soft.com/sh/sh_free.htm (free download) Software that allows you to “capture” any part of your desktop, a window or full screen.

26. Skype: http://skype.com (free download) Make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype.

27. Textpad: http://textpad.com (free download) A powerful text editor. I personally like Textpad for editing HTML code.

28. VLC Media Player: http://videolan.org/vlc (free download) Media player capable of reading most audio and video formats.

29. WordPress Help Sheets And Resources: http://1stwebdesigner.com/wordpress 23 extremely helpful WordPress help sheets and resources.

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