Free Resources to Help You Overcome Your Business Frustration

by Pat Hammond on Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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What is your pain point?

Have you ever had one of those days when you were so frustrated you wanted to drop kick your computer across the room?

Sometimes you just need a little help, the answer to one simple question. Other times it's a little more complicated.

It's usually an easy fix for someone who knows what they're doing, but you don't have the time or money to find the person with the answers.

It's okay, we've all been there.  In fact, I get so many people asking where to find help with their business questions that I started curating a list of tools and resources to help you solve your most pressing problems.

  • Need help with a business plan? I've got you covered.
  • Trying to organize a project? I have an entire list of free tools for that.
  • Looking for a mentor? I even have links to connect you with industry experts right here in New Hampshire who can help you get your business up and running.

The Queen City Buzz Tools & Resources page is already a one-stop shop for links to templates, free software, online and local resource, but today, I'm talking about the resources you need to take care of your top five pain points.

How do I know they're your top five pain points?  It's only an educated guess, but since these are the top five topics that people ask me about I feel confident that they're the kind of things you stress over too.  

Mentoring & Skill Training

For quick fix answers the internet is still king, but sometimes we need hands-on, one-on-one help. Most of these programs are either free or less than $50 and will give you the skills you need to tackle your most challenging tasks.

Finding Networking Groups & Promoting Events

All of these sites offer the option of finding or promoting local events.

Social Media & Search Engine Marketing

  • Hootsuite - an online tool for scheduling and posting social media content to multiple platforms.
  • Paid Search Society - An online mastermind group for mastering paid search marketing.  The group is membership based, but their site has many tools and articles with valuable information about Google and paid search.

Where to Find Local Services

Getting and Staying Organized

Basic Organization & Note Taking

Project Management

  • Project Libre - a free, open source desktop alternative to MS Project
  • Glip - an online project management/collaboration platform

Asana, Wrike, Zoho Projects, and many of the other premium project management platforms also offer a free tier, but they tend to limit the number of projects or lack some of the more useful features like dependencies, instant messaging, and video chat.

If you're not finding one platform that meets all of your needs, there are dozens of free apps like Zapier, IFTTT, and Automate.io for automating tasks and connecting most popular platforms.

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