Monday, June 8, 2009

Free Website Development Tools

Small business is in a tough position, you want to make the business grow and you know that there is opportunity with the internet, you just don't have the resources (here I'm talking of capital resources) to take advantage of what's out there to help you. Maybe you've even heard that there are many tools offered that target your problem in a cost effective way, either free or very low cost, but finding them can be time consuming. Here I offer for you 20 great tools that you can use which fit into the category of free or very low cost. They will help you, you just have to use them. If you don't...know that your competition is, so invest the time or hire someone who will invest the time on your behalf, the cost of inaction to your business is too high!

CRM - contact and lead tracking, sales and contact management, sales pipeline management and forecasting, customer service and business management. Keep yourself organized! Free version available from, from $7/mo at

Market Research - Google Alerts is a "must-have” clipping service. Set up your favorite key words and finds and delivers articles about any subject of your choosing to your inbox every day. Watch for news and mentions of your own company, your customers and your competitors. Free

Creative Design – Want a design for a new logo, brochure, website or business card? Go to either or, upload your requirements, run a contest and pick your favourite. You pick the purse size, I’ve seen contests get dozens of great results for only a few hundred dollars.

Marketing Collateral – Want fast easy printing? Upload files for brochures, business cards and stationary. These companies, and, will print and ship – too easy. is also available in Canada at

Permission-based Marketing – create and send opt-in newsletters, deliver and track blog posts and updates to customers, prospects and colleagues. starts at $10/mo, starts at $15/mo

Accounting – track your time and expenses, manage contractors, send and manage your invoices, totally on-line, getting rave reviews. Join the wave at, pricing starts at $15/mo

Conference Calling – when you need to convene a meeting (and look professional doing it), you can get free reservationless conference calling at

Remote PC Access – for those times when you need to get to a file on your computer but your computer is in your office and you’re not. starts at $20/mo

Long Distance Calling - offers free or very low cost long distance calling (works best with headphones), and it can also do conference calls

Project Management – web-based project management software that marries time tracking and task management in a collaborative online space with powerful reporting. is $20 for up to 15 projects

Taking orders/selling stuff – the dead easy way to accept credit cards on your website, only charges you when you sell, a transaction fee up to 3% of sale value

Keeping track of it all - make notes on anything on the web or on your computer using and have these memory joggers available (and search able) at any time - free
Sending really big files – – for when you need to send a really big file that your customer may not be able to receive otherwise, or when you absolutely need to know a file reached it’s intended recipient – yousendit has a pay as you go option or plans from $10/mo

Virtual Fax – if you deal with Fortune 1000 companies you know how they love their faxes. lets you receive faxes in your email account instead of on a fax machine – way more convenient. You can also send scanned docs as faxes using the same service. Starts at $17/mo

On-line Meetings – makes your meeting almost as good as in-person and much less expensive than airfare. Use it to deliver synchronized live presentations, whiteboards and web pages and share their voice and video over the Internet. Free and $20/mo options

Virtual Receptionist - an Internet voicemail system accessible by phone, email, or the web. an auto-attendant that acts as your virtual receptionist. You can create virtual mailboxes for your employees and enjoy voicemail call forwarding, call transfers, call routing, voicemail notifications, and much more.... from $10/mo

Transcription – For those people who just hate to type but love to talk, you can record your messaging, upload it to and receive a typed doc back via email in about 3 hours.

Sharing your thoughts – absolutely the best way to publish your powerpoint presentations on the web and share them with others - is free

Document sharing and collaboration – my personal favorite, allows you to upload word or excel files and work on them collaboratively with selected people. Takes all the hassle out of emailing docs around for comments. - free

Running an event? Use to create a webpage for your event, accept and manage registrations and even publish who has RSVP’d. Free if your event is free, 2.5% of ticket price for paid events.

Many thanks to the group of great people at for compiling this information!

We're at the edge of the future!

Andy Xhignesse

1 comment:

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