Free Tools

Welcome to Small Business CEO’s free management and leadership resources page. We have compiled a group of really helpful websites, management tools and resources for your small business. There are lots of free apps, ebooks, business templates, checklists, business forms, white papers, free pdf files, and worksheets to choose from.

Customer Management Apps

Finance & Accounting Apps

HR & Employee Management Apps

IT Management Apps

Marketing Apps

Operations Management Apps

Project Management & Planning Apps

Sales Apps

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Business Owner's Toolkit

Business Owner’s Toolkit – A large collection of free business forms, free tools, business templates and checklists that includes a variety of topics ranging from employee management, safety, asset protection, marketing, recruiting and hiring, IRS tax forms, compensation and benefits, government contracting forms and so much more. They also have a business card exchange where you can network with others in your industry.

Free 21 Page SEO Guide – Are you trying to increase traffic to your website? Do you realize the importance of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but have trouble taking actionable steps to improve it? This free ebook offers useful tips to get found online by more prospective customers. A quick skim of HubSpot’s SEO guide yields a dozen things you can do right away to increase the attractiveness of your site to search
engines and thus boost your traffic.

Free Small Business eBooksFree Small Business eBooks- A simple, free registration will give you access to nearly 200 free small business ebooks. Some examples of topics covered in the free white papers and free documents are maximizing conversion rates, getting website traffic, internet marketing, increasing profits and improving customer satisfaction. There’s something here for everyone including an internet beginner’s business guide and how to get a million visitors to your website.

Free Trade MagazinesFree Trade Magazines- Anita Campbell, Founder of Small Business Trends, offers an extensive list of free small business magazine subscriptions, eGuides, downloads, podcasts and white papers. Browse through a multitude of listings and search for titles that match your topics of interest such as small business management, franchising, marketing and entrepreneurship. Publications include eWeek, Website Magazine and many more.

Tools From Inc.comTools From Inc.com – A free membership to Inc.com allows you to access over 100 free small business tools that includes categories such as doing business online, financial management, finding capital, hiring and recruiting, managing employees, marketing, performance management, personnel administration, termination and workplace safety. Inc.com offers help for every area of business and is the “daily resource for entrepreneurs.”

SME ToolkitSME Toolkit - This collection of free small business tools and resources consists of free training, calculators, small business forms and how-to articles. Topics range from accounting, franchising, payroll, insurance, marketing and technology. Browse the categories to locate the information you need and be sure to enroll in the My Own Business computer training course for those of you who want to start your own business. The course is free.

FormNetFormNet- Use this free business forms download service available on Entrepreneur.com. Save yourself time and expense by using these free business form templates and documents available in Microsoft Word, Excel or Adobe pdf. Categories include accounting, credit and collections, insurance, inventory, human resources, leasing, marketing, management, sales, shipping and starting your own small business. No more creating documents from scratch!

Professional DocumentsProfessional Documents- At Docstoc you can search and share free small business forms, business templates and small business documents. Samples of small business plans, market research and business contracts are available to download free of charge and categories include everything from arts, fashion, educational, technology, finance, legal, real estate and more. Looking for documents and don’t know where to begin? This is the place.

Free eBooks, Guides, Manuals and Legal DocumentsFree eBooks, Guides, Manuals and Legal Documents- Publish and share your small business documents FREE at Scribd. You can upload and store your business documents or explore their extensive library of available free tools and resources. You will find an array of free ebooks, guides, manuals and legal documents for your use. Embed your documents anywhere on the web. All major formats accepted with unlimited storage.

bizgov.gifFree Small Business Guides and Government Forms – Business.gov is your gateway to official U.S. Government federal forms and business guides. Topics that are covered range from taxes, loans and market research. State and local information is available for small businesses in each and every state. Find out information on what is involved in registering a business, applying for a license, paying taxes and file forms.

zohologo.gifFree Productivity, Collaboration and Business Applications – A centralized collection of tons of free spreadsheets, presentation tools, management software and much, much more. There is even a new section of apps for your small business needs. Everything you could possibly need for operating a more productive business. Login for your free access and active forum discussions on the latest hot topics in Zoho applications.

hp-logo.gifHP Creative Studio - Hewlett-Packard has compiled an extensive collection of business tools and business marketing materials available for your use. Resources & templates found under the “DIY Free” level are obviously free for your use. There are lots of free designs, document and signage templates, presentation materials, business forms, website and blog templates and much, much more to choose from.

Free Tools & Forms - Winmark Business Solutions provides access to useful free small business tools such as business plans, official government forms, financial spreadsheets, checklists, legal forms and business templates. For instance, you will find a sample independent contractor agreement, a job application form — not mention forms from the IRS for taxes. These ready-to-use business resources with help you work more efficiently and faster.

JaxWorks free spreadsheets

Free Spreadsheet Download Library – JaxWorks.com has hundreds of Excel spreadsheets available on their site for downloading at no cost to you. These free offerings cover a number of financial, accounting and sales functions at all skill levels. Browse the selections and save any number of these for future reference. The free downloads are available for Windows Excel, Apple Macintosh Excel and Apple iWorks Numbers.

free training resourcesFree Quick Reference Training Guides – CustomGuide offers free downloadable quick reference computer training guides. These free pdf files are downloadable and printable for your office needs. Employees can quickly refer to these guides for general operating information on Microsoft, Mac, and Adobe software programs. You could also easily incorporate these free guides into new employee training handbooks.

free small business letters and formsFree Small Business Letters and Forms – Freebusinessforms.com provides a large selection of free small business letters and forms. You have unlimited access to printable invoice forms, receipts, debt collection letters, contracts, legal forms and more. There is also a section of reports, e-books, and employment information available for download. Sign up for their email updates to be notified when new forms are added.

Bplans free business calculators

Free Business Calculators – Bplans.com offers 9 different business calculators that are free for anyone to use. You can even add these calculators to your own website with the provided HTML code. Calculators available are: cash flow, investment offering, starting costs, email marketing ROI, discounted cash flow, direct mail ROI, break even, pay per click ROI and a conversion rate calculator. Use these calculators as often as you would like free of charge.

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Valuable Management Podcasts From Small Business Trends Radio:

linda_finkle.jpgThe Cream Of The Crop – Hiring From A Place Of Strength – A candidate’s skills or experience are not all that you should focus on. Linda Finkle, CEO and Founder of Incedo Group, talks about the key to effective hiring. Linda will help you to develop the best strategies for hiring from a place of strength and not one of weakness.

jay-levy.jpgEnsuring The Safety & Productivity Of Your Employees – Jay Levy, Founder and President of Trueview Services, discusses how a monitoring system can ensure the safety and security of your small business. Jay provides insights into the importance of providing security and privacy to employees and reducing liability.

wayne_hurlburt.jpgHow To Avoid Being A Clueless Manager - Wayne Hurlbert, an online business commentator at Blog Business World, talks about issues that can make you look “clueless” as a small business manager. Learn how to regain employee respect, create trust and build relationships by listening to this podcast.

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