Free Business Resources for Boutique Owners

​LEGAL AND BUSINESS RESOURCES

The legal side of your business is just as important as the visual side of your brand. Be sure to get your legal ducks in a row to save you money in the long run. In addition, check out other business resources.

  • Policy Generators - Disclaimer, Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions Generators 

  • Google Voice - Get a local business phone number (great for customer service and trust)

  • Google Trends - Use this to find out how a word or phrase is doing in the search engine. Sort by location, # of clicks per month, age groups, etc. Great for determining a target audience

  • Trello - Online To-Do List

  • Planoly - Free Instagram Scheduler and Feed Curation

  • Linktree - Create multiple links for your social media bios 

  • Trademark Search and/or Apply

  • Tailwind - Schedule social media posts

  • Bitly - URL Shortener and analytics

  • Growth Hackers - Free forum for entrepreneurs and businesses looking to enhance their marketing skills

  • Score - Great business blog and you can find mentors 

  • Any.do - Stay organized on-the-go

  • Grammarly - Free chrome extension offering enhanced spelling and grammar check (great for product descriptions and emails)

  • Upwork - outsource work to freelancers

  • Fiverr - outsource work

  • Typeform - Create online forms/quizzes

 

Business Name Generators

Domains & Email

  • Zoho - Email Hosting for only $12/year

  • Google Domains - Get a Google domain for $12/year)

  • Godadddy - Domains as cheap as $.99. Search Google "godaddy promo codes"

  • Mailchimp - Email Marketing. Free up to 2000 subscribers

  • Mailerlite - integrates with Shopify apps. Free version, automations, etc.

  • Benchmark - Email Marketing. Unlimited subscribers, Free up to 250 emails per month

E-COMMERCE PLATFORMS

Choosing the right e-commerce platform is critical to the success of your business. Luckily, most of the platforms allow you to try out their services for a trial period. Try out at least two and determine which is a better fit for your business. We recommend the following:

  • Shopify - Starting at $29 per month (Preferred)

  • Wix 

  • Etsy (marketplace) - Handmade, Custom Products

  • Poshmark (marketplace) - resell

  • eBay - great for reselling and selling your products to increase sales

PAYMENT SOLUTIONS

There are many payment solutions out there, with most of them averaging around the same cost per transaction of 2.9% + $0.30.

Alternative Payment Methods

These methods allow customers to pay for purchases in payments. You will be paid in full at the time of purchase. The companies hanles payments and fees.

BRANDING AND GRAPHICS

In order to stand apart from the competition, it is necessary to have great, consistent branding across all surfaces that your business wil be seen. It is also convenient to plan ahead with social media posts by creating content using on-the-go apps. 

ANALYTICS & KEYWORDS

Keeping track of your traffic, keywords, most sought after products, etc. are going to be key for running a successful business. See what is working and not working for your business to get the most out of our time and saving the most money. 

  • Ubersuggest - Free keyword ranking tool

  • Google Analytics Tool - Free analytics tool

  • Google Keyword Planner - Great for determine what keywords to use on your website. Boost your CEO.

  • Google Alerts - Get an email every time any variation of your brand is mentioned online (or whatever terms you want to track)

  • Google Search Console - Submit website to Google and track your website traffic/keywords

  • Smylelytics - Fun, visual analytics tool to analyze your website traffic

  • Business Grants for Women and Minorities

Other Helpful Resources

Giveaway App - https://www.rafflecopter.com/

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