Free Software & Tools for Your Business

Over the years, we’ve discovered tons of helpful (and free!) software and tools that make the job of running a business much easier. New links are added all the time, so check back often and be sure to save this page to your favorites.

PS: If you come across a link that doesn’t work or a site that is no longer in existence, please do email us and let us know.

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accounting/personal finances

Ace Money Lite
Debt Free Planner/Calculator
GnuCash (replaces MS Money, Quicken)
InvoTrak
Less Accounting
Mint
Shoeboxed.com
The Invoice Machine
Wave Accounting NEW

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anti-spam

ePrompter
JustHumans
Mailwasher
Sender Policy Framework (SPF)
Solve Media TYPE-IN (captcha service)
SuperAntiSpyware Free

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anti-virus

Avast
AVG
Avira
ClamWin
Malicious Software Removal Tool
Malwarebytes
MS Security Essentials HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panda Cloud
PC Tools Anti-Virus
ThreatFire
Trend Micro Housecall (virus scan)
ZoneAlarm (firewall)

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article & ezine tools

Format Text/Articles
Format It!
Free Spam Check
Free Spam Checker Tool
Mad Mimi
Spam Check
Tiny Letter (free ezine builder/distribution)

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audio tools

Audacity HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Blaze Media Pro
Online Converter
MixPad Multitrak Recording
Myna Audio Editor
PolderBits
Rapid Rip
RecordPad Sound Recording
Slice Audio File Splitter
SoundCloud
SoundTap Audio Recording
Stamp ID3 Mp3 Tag Editor
Switch Audio Converter
The Levelator
Wavepad Sound Editor

Stock Music & Sound Effects

ProductionTrax
Sound Snap

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blogging

Blogger
LiveJournal
Movable Type OpenSource Project
Posterous
Qumana
Terapad
WordPress (self-hosted) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Misc. Tools & Accessories

CMS Matrix
Fotor (free photos for bloggers & creatives) NEW
Gravatar
Photo Bin (free photos for bloggers & creatives) NEW
Pixabay (free photos for bloggers & creatives) NEW
Solve Media TYPE-IN (captcha service)
Typealizer
Wordle

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browsers

FireFox
Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Safari (for Macs)
Safari (for PCs)

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calendars (online & shared)

AirSet
Calendars.net
Google Calendar
SmartCal
SpongeCell
Yahoo Calendars
Zoho Calendar

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charitable giving

ChipIn
DonationTracker
GoFundMe
GoodSearch
GoodShop
JustGiving
Kiva
ModestNeeds
UniversalGiving

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chatware/IM

AliveChat
Blooie NEW
Envolve (free up to 25 people simultaneously)
Gaim (replaces AIM, Windows Messenger)
Trillian
VeriShow
Volusion

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computer backup

ADrive
Backup995
Backupify
Mozy

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computer cleaners

CC Cleaner HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Easy Cleaner

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computer security

Ad-Aware
MS Windows Defender
Spybot Search & Destroy
Spyware Doctor
Stopzilla Anti-Spyware

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copyright protection

Article Checker
Copyright Spot
CopyGator
Copyscape
Creative Commons
Doc Cop
MyFreeCopyright NEW
Plagiarism Checker
Plagiarism Detect
Plagium
TinEye Reverse Imaging Lookup
Viper Anti-Plagiarism Scanner
What To Do When Someone Steals Your Content
WhoIsHostingThis

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copywriting

Emotional Marketing Headline Analyzer
Lulu Title Scorer

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CMS (content management system)

DropPages
Moodle (learning management system)

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CRM (customer relationship mgmt)

FreeCRM
Karma

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electronic signature

E-Sign Live
EchoSign
MyLiveSignature
SignNow NEW

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email

BlueTie
Bouncr (address disguiser to help protect against spam)
BrandMyMail (personalized email templatesl)
Breeze
ClearContext
DeeMail Templatizer NEW
Email on Acid (email testing & preview)
Eudora
Fast Mail
Format-It
Gmail
Gmail Notifier
GTDInbox for Gmail
MailDrop
MailVU (video email)
Plaxo
SendInc (email encryption)
SproutIt
SquadMail NEW
Sunbird
Thunderbird
Zimbra

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employee scheduling

Kappix

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excel tools

ASAP Utilities

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fax

Efax
Fax Free
HelloFax

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file conversion

Google Swiffy (converts Flash to HTML5)
Zamzar

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file sharing & transferring

AirDropper
Box
Cubby NEW
CuteSendIt
DropBox HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
DropPages
DropSend
HelloFax
JustBeamIt
MailDrop
SendSpace
SendThisFile
SideCLOUDLoad
SpiderOak
SugarSync NEW
Windows Live FolderShare/Windows Live Sync
YouSendIt

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fonts

FontBrowser
Font Converter
Font Tester
NexusFont (Windows font manager)
SymbolAssist
WhatFont Tool

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forums

SimpleMachines
phpBB

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FTP

Filezilla
FireFTP
Fling

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graphic design

Adobe Free CS2 Downloads NEW
ArtWeaver (replaces Photoshop)
Canva NEW
ChocoFlop (Mac only)
CompressPNG NEW
Cropp.me NEW
Disketch Disc Label Software
Falcon Image Markup
Fotor NEW
Gimp (replaces Photoshop)
Gimp Photo
GimpShop (replaces Photoshop)
GiniPic
Google Plus Banner Creator
IconFinder
Image Size Calculator
Inkscape (similar to Illustrator)
LightZone NEW
Make Business Cards
Many Eyes (dataset chart visualizations)
Method Draw NEW
Online Converter
Paint
PaintStar
Peacock Online Effects Editor
Phoenix Image Editor
Photo Pos Lite
PhotoBucket NEW
PhotoPad Image Editor
PhotoPlus
Photoscape
Photoshop Express
PicMonkey NEW
Picnik
Pixels 2 Inches NEW
Pixie Color Picker NEW
Pixillion Image Converter
Pixlr
PIXResizer
psdGraphics
Raven Vector Editor
Seashore
Shrink Pictures
StylePix
ThingLink
TinyPNG NEW
Toucan Swatch Editor
VCW VicMan’s Photo Editor
Visme NEW
Vector Magic
Verticle Response Button Builder

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image sharing/hosting

Flickr
Imgur
PhotoBucket NEW
Picasa
SmugMug

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infographics

amCharts NEW
easel.ly NEW
Google Chart Tools NEW
Hohli Charts NEW
iChart NEW
Infogr.am NEW
Piktochart NEW
Visua.ly NEW
Wordle NEW

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keyword tools

Google Keyword Tool
Keyword Envy
SearchBliss
Wordpot
Wordtracker

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legal case management

Legal Case Management System

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marketing tools

CloudFlood
Thumbtack
Tynt

Apps

Magmito (mobile phone app creator)

Publicity

HARO (Help a Reporter Out)

QR Codes

BeQRious (QR code generator)
GoQR (QR code generator)
JumpScan (all-in-one contact info QR code generator)
Kaywa (simple QR code generator)
Maestro (simple QR code generator)
PaperLinks (QR code generator)
QRStuff (QR code generators)

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media players

PlayPad
RealPlayer HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
QuickTime
SMPlayer
VLC (replaces Real Player, Quicktime, Windows Media Player)
WinAmp
Windows Media Player

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meeting coordination

Acuity Online Appointment Scheduler
Bookfresh
ClickBook
Doodle
EventBrite
GenBook
Jiffle
Meeting Scheduler for Gmail
(FireFox Add-On)
Meeting Wizard
MeetWithApproval
NeedToMeet
StoreVantage
TimeBridge
When Is Good
YouCanBookMe

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OCR

FineReader
Simple OCR

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office apps

AbiWord (word processing)
Copernic Desktop Search
Credenza NEW
Diagram Designer
EverNote (note taking)
Gliffy
Google Docs & Spreadsheets
LibreOffice (replaces MS Office)
LovelyCharts
MS Office Web Apps (free MS Office Suite)
Notepad 2 (replaces MS Notes)
Open Office (replaces MS Office)
Portable Apps
Project Draw
Scribus (desktop publishing)
SoftMaker FreeOffice (replaces MS Office)
ThinkFree (replaces MS Office)
Ubuntu (operating system)
VUE
Zoho Docs (replaces MS Office & Google Docs)

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online forms

123ContactForm
DropBox Forms (from your website to your DropBox)
EmailMeForm
Form DIY
FormToEmail
FormSpring
Icebrrg NEW
JotForm
JustHumans
MyContactForm
Wufoo

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PDF

Adobe Acrobat Reader
CutePDF
Fill Any PDF
PDF to Word
PDF-Xchange Viewer
PDF995
PDFConverter
PDFCreator
PDFEscape
PDFtoHTML
PrimoPDF

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podcasting

Podcast Player Widget
PodClass (directory)

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powerpoint/presentation tools

Haiku Deck
My Brainshark
PowerPoint Thermometer
PowerPoint Twitter Tools
Preezo
PreZentit
Prezi
Slideshare
Slideshare ZipCast
Spresent
Viewbook
Visme NEW

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press release tools

Duct Tape Marketing Press Release Creator
Press Release Grader

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project mgmt & online collaboration

1st Manager
Ace Project
ActiveCollab
Airset
Asana
Basecamp Free (1 project/10MB file storage)
Bubble.us (online mind mapping & collaboration)
CeBase (online database sharing)
Clocking IT
Collabtive
Cosketch
DeskAway (1 project/3 users/25MB file storage)
DotProject
Evernote
Exobrain NEW
FengOffice
FreedCamp
Gant Project
GantPV
Gantter
GlassCubes
GoPlan
Google Groups
GQueues
Intervals
iTeamwork
KanbanFlow NEW
ManyMoon
MindMeister
Nozbe
OfficeZilla
OnStage
Project Pier
ProjectDesk
ProjectStat
Sandglaz
TeamLab
TeamWork Free (2 projects/10MB file storage)
Thinkfree Docs
Thinking Rock
Trello
WhoDo
Windows Live Sync
WorkFlowy HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Zoho Projects Free (1 project, unlimited users, 10MB file storage)

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publishing tools

Blurb
Knowledge Genie

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reference tools

Dictionaries

Dictionary.com
Legal Dictionary
Merrium-Webster’s Online Dictionary
NetSpeak (phrase dictionary)
Thesaurus.com
TheFreeDictionary
Wordoid
WordWeb

Government

Do Not Call Registry (US)
United States Senate (US)
Write Your Representative (US)

Grammar & Form

Eggcorns
Proofreaders’ Marks
Roman Numeral Converter
Son of Citation

Law

Nolo

Mail

Zip Code Lookup (Canada)
Zip Code Lookup (US)

Maps

3D Views
Bing Maps
CloudMade Maps
Google Maps
Mapquest
OpenStreetMap
Yahoo Maps

Math

InstaCalc (shareable online calculator)
Percent Calculator

Money

Payscale
Salary
XE Currency Converter

Telephony

Country Codes
Get Human 500 Database

Time

ClockLink
Online Countdown Timer
TimeAndDate (time zone converter)
WorldClock
World Clock Meeting Planner
World Time Buddy (time zone converter)

Translation

Babylon 8

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remote access

Gbridge
Logmein HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
MyIvo
TeamViewer
TightVNC

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RSS

Bloglines (reader)
FeedDemon
Feedly (reader)
NetVibes (reader)
Omea Reader (reader)
RapidFeeds
RSS Graphic Tool
RSSOwl (reader)
RSSpect
Update Scanner (website monitor)

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screen capture & editing

Clarify-it
PicPick

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screen recording

Capture FireFox Add-On for Screen Recording
Debut
Screencast-O-Matic
Screenr
ShowMeWhatsWrong

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shareware sources

Download.com
Global Shareware

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shoppingcarts

vStore

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social networking tools

Biznik
Facebook
LinkedIn
MySpace
Pinterest
Twitter

Private Networking

Yammer

Dashboards & Publishing

Arkli
AddThis
Cyfe All-in-One Dashboard NEW
Dlvr.it
FriendFeed
HootBar
Hootsuite
OnlyWire
Ping
Ping-o-Matic
Seesmic
ShareThis
SocialPointer NEW
Tumblr
Twhirl

Facebook Tools

PageModo

Google+

Google+

Pinterest

Pinstamatic

Twitter Tools

Adjix
Buffer
FriendOrFollow
Power Twitter
PowerPoint Twitter Tools
Refollow
SocialBro (analytics)
SocialOomph
TweetBeep
TweetBurner
TweetButton
TweetChat
TweetDeck
TweetGrid
TweetReach
TweetStats
Twellow
TwInbox
Twistory
TwitBin
Twitoaster
TwitPic
TwitVid
Twitzer
TwittelatorPro
Twitter Widgets & Badges
Twittorati
TwitterCounter
TwitterFeed
TwitterGrader
TwitterSearch
TwitterSheep
Twitter Primer
TwitWall

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survey tools

Easy Internet Survey
FreeOnlineSurveys
KissInsights
PollDaddy
Quipol
SurveyMonkey
Twiigs

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task tracking

Accomplice
cc:to me (send notes & reminders to yourself)
GQueues NEW
Hassle Me (reminder service)
HiTask
Hiveminder
MemoToMe (reminder service)
OhDontForget (text reminder service)
Remember the Milk
reQall (reminder service)
Simpleology NEW
SpringPad
Swift To-Do List
Ta-Da List
Teux Deux
The Online CEO
ToDoist
ToodleDo
Voo2Do
Wakerupper (reminder service)
Wunderkinder

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telephony

Axon (virtual VoIP PBS)
FreeConference
FreeAudioConferencing
FreeConferenceCall
FreeConferenceCall HD HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
FreeConferenceCalling HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
FreeConferencePro
Google Voice
IVM Free Voicemail Software
MyFreeConference
NoCostConference
Oovoo Free 2-Way Videoconferencing
Phonebooth (Google Voice alternative)
Rondee
Skype
Vokle

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testing/training/tutorials

Bento Online Course for Web Development NEW
Free Online College Courses
Khan Academy NEW
Klava (typing test & practice)
Shaw Howe Beginner's Guide to HTML & CSS NEW
Shaw Howe Advanced Guide to HTML & CSS NEW
TeachStreet
The Reader’s Edge
Typing Master

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time tracking

ActiTime
Cashboard
ClockingIt
Colorhat
Emergent Task Timer
FlexiServer
FreshBooks
Hour Guard
LessTimeSpent
MakeSomeTime
ManicTime
myHours
Online Stopwatch
Paymo
Project Hamster
SlimTimer
TimeStamp
Time Tracker
Toggl

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transcription

Express Delegate Audio File Management
Express Scribe
MSRS Conference & Court Recording
Pocket Dictate Voice Recorder for Pocket PC
Tex Tally (word, character & line counter)
The FTW Transcriber
Transcribe
Verbose (text to speech converter)
Web Dictate (Internet dictation software)

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utilities

Belarc PC Audit
CacheMyWork
Clonezilla
Defraggler
Express Burn Disc Burning
Friendly Rank (find the best photo of you)
Handybits File Shredder
Inventoria Professional Inventory Management
LaterThis
Magical JellyBean Product Key Finder
MEO Free Data Encryption
NotifyMe
Print Friendly
Scratchpad NEW
Stickies
Synergy (mouse/keyboard sharing)
The Alphabetizer
TurboNote+
WinDirStat
Xmarks

AutoText

FastFox Typing Expander
Phrase Express

Shortkeys Lite

Passwords

Browser Password Asterisk Revealer
KeePass Password Safe
LastPass
Norton Password Generator
Perfect Passwords
Strong Password Generator

Short URLs

Bit.ly
Shorty
SnipURL
TinyURL

Zip Filing

7-Zip (similar to Winzip)

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video

Video Chat

AV by AIM
CamFrog
Google Chat
iChat (Mac)
Oovoo
Qik
TinyChat

Video Converters

Any Video Converter Ultimate
Evom
Freemake
Golden Videos (VHS to DVD converter)
Hamster
Handbrake
Image Grab
Online Converter
Prism
Rapid Rip
VideoLobster

Video Downloaders

FlashLynx
YTD Video Downloader

Video Hosting/Streaming

Broadcam
FlowPlayer
Jing Project
Livestream
UStream
Viddler
Vimeo
Vokle
vnap NEW
Wetoku

Video Production

Animoto
Clipik
GoAnimate
iFrame Wizard (controls YouTube video behavior)
iMovie
Lightworks
Magisto
PhotoStage Slideshow
Photilla Photo Album
RockYou Photo Show
Stupeflix
Ustream Producer
VideoPad
VideoSpin
VidPresso
Viewbix (YouTube interactivity)
Windows Movie Maker
Xtranormal Movie Maker

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web conferencing

AnyMeeting
Big Blue Button
CrossLoop
Dabbleboard
Draw It Live
FreeScreenSharing.com HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Google+ Hangouts (up to 9 people)
Join.me
MeetingBurner (up to 15 people) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Meetings.io
Skype (group conference & Facebook video chat for up to 10 people)
TeamViewer (up to 25 people)
Twiddla
Yugma
ZipCast

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web design

About.me (one page website)
Atomz

Accessify
AnyBrowser
Blue Backlinks Checker
BrowserShots
CSS Generator
CSS Inliner Tool
Dashboard Junkie NEW
Dead Link Checker
Domain Log Book
Domain Tools
Favicon From Pics
Fluid 960 Grid System
Google Analytics HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Google Website Optimizer
Google Fight
Grid Designer
Jetpack (WordPress tools)
Kinetic Type
Komodo Edit
Mobile Phone Emulator (see how your site looks on mobile phones)
Moonfruit (free website builder)
Pixels 2 Inches NEW
Pixie Color Picker NEW
Screenfly (browser testing)
SpringMetrics
SEO Browser
Stat Counter
Vischeck
Visual Website Optimiser
Website Grader
WebSTAT (basic version free)
Wibiya (free web toolbar)
XML Sitemaps

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wireless internet

Wi-Fi Free Spot

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