Tools & Resources

I'm trying to make things a little more centralized, so that you don't have to search through a hundred articles every time you want to find a tool or download.

Here are links to most of the downloads and resources mentioned throughout the site. Let me know if I missed anything or if you want to share a new tool or resource. I can be reached through the contact form or by email at buzz@queencity.buzz.

Pat Hammond

PS: I'm a bit of an open source junkie, so whenever possible I lean towards the free and/or budget friendly options. Nothing on this page should cost more than $50 and most of these resources are free or have a free option that lets you make use of the most important features.

Business Canvas Templates

There's no secret that I love planning. Here are a few blank templates and completed samples for some of the Business Canvas Templates I've built.

Mentoring/Business Planning Resources

Alpha Loft - Many free and budget friendly services including support groups, training, mentoring.

NH District Small Business Administration - Free online tools, articles, and links to partner resources.

NH Small Business Development Center (NHSBDC) - Free online tools, budget friendly mentoring & business advice.

SCORE: Merrimack Valley Chapter- Many free tools, mentoring, paid workshops, also on Facebook.

Center for Women & Enterprise - Free and budget friendly classes and workshops.

Veterans Business Outreach Center for New England - Free resources for veterans, active duty service personnel, and their spouses interested in starting or expanding their own business and include information about how to start a business, business planning, funding, and other general business topics.

Live Free and Start: Live Free and Start is a collaboration between the Governor's office and the private sector. They offer many free resources for local small business owners looking to start or grow their business in the Granite State. This is a great resource for anyone looking to prepare for or seek outside funding.


Time Management Systems

The Pomodoro Technique (the method I use at QCB)

GTD - David Allen's Getting Things Done system


Note Taking/Project Planning

Note: there are dozens of platform and device specific apps for note taking. My criteria is that the program needs to work no matter which device I'm using.

Evernote - no option for Linux, but it works on most phones

Google Drive

Zim - this one might be a little geekie for some people, but I like it because I can keep it in Dropbox and use with pretty much any OS

Trello - this doesn't offer offline access, but even the free version has a ton of tools for collaboration and project management

XMind - I've used a lot of mind mapping programs, but I chose XMind becuase the free version XMind has tons of features and they have versions for almost every operating system

Graphic Design

Cloud

Canva - super easy way to quickly make infographics, slides & social media headers using online templates, free and paid version

Desktop

Inkscape - opensource alternative to Adobe Illustrator for creating svg graphics, many features including static and animated slide decks similar to PowerPoint & Prezi -- this is now my go to program for graphic design

LightZone - opensource alternative to Adobe Lightroom for Windows/Mac/Linux for photo processing and organizing images.

Gimp - opensource alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It does most of the things that Photoshop does, you can even use PS brushes, but it lacks the polish and finesse. I use it when I have to, otherwise I still cling to Photoshop.


Misc. Software

Office Suite

Open Office - Tired of paying for Microsoft's office suite? Try this full-featured alternative. I find Open Office & Libre Office to be excellent alternatives for everything except Excel. Their basic spreadsheets are great, but if you need advanced functionality nothing beats Excel.

Libre Office - this is a fork of Open Office, it offers many of the same features and has a very similar interface. I use Libre but they are generally interchangeable.



Misc. Online Tools

NH365.org - The NH365.org calendar is the result of a collaboration by New Hampshire's media to create a free centralized curated community calendar for all of the state's sports teams, non-profits, businesses and community groups to share their upcoming events.




Apps to Connect App

These services will help you connect online apps & tools like Evernote, Google Calendar, Dropbox, Basecamp, etc... With the exception of Taskclone all of these services offer a free version that should meet most needs.

Integromat

Zapier

IFTTT

Wappwolf

Skyvia

Cloudhq

Itduzzit

Remember the Milk

Taskclone - This is the only service on this list that does not have a free version. I am including it because it is easy to use and provides connections to over 40 different apps at a price that should suit most budgets. (6/29/16 current rate for Plus $14.95/year, Premium $19.95/year, Business $24.95/year)

Cronofy - This one is limited to creating calendars