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You don't have to be an expert at everything to be efficient. Here is a compilation of useful tools to help you fill in the gaps.

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What's on here?


Startup Tools

Starting a business for the first time can be hard. Use these tools to help you out!

Educational Resources

Learning has never been easier with these awesome educational resources and communities!.

Design Assets

Not an expert photographer or designer? Neither are most people. We've got your back!

Inspiration

Browse through some of the web's most popular resources and content for inspiration.



Tools and Resources

Index of all the resource categories.


Website Themes and Templates

Tool Description Cost
ThemeForest Over 19,880 Website Templates and Themes From $3 for HTML, Email, WordPress, PSD, Joomla. Premium
Elegant Themes Get 100% complete access to our entire collection of 87 Wordpress Themes for the price of one! Premium
StyleShout Beautiful free HTML5 website themes. Download and customize! Free
HTML5Up Free and premium collection of HTML5 website themes! Free

Tech Education

Tool Description Cost
Treehouse Bringing affordable technology education to people everywhere to help them change the world. Free Trial! Premium
Udemy The world’s largest marketplace for teaching and learning with over 7 million students and 30,000 courses. Free/Premium
Skillshare Explore thousands of online classes in design, photography, business and more. Free/Premium
BigMarker Schedule, promote, host, record, provide access to recordings, and build community around your content. Free/Premium
Coursera Take the world's best courses, online, for free. Free
Khan Academy Providing free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Free

Finance and Accounting

Tool Description Cost
Wave Accounting Free and easy accounting, invoicing and more. Digitize receipts and use the Mobile App. Free
Freshbooks Invoicing software for small business. Easily send invoices, track time, manage expenses, and get paid online. Premium
Bidsketch Create professional looking client proposals in half the time. Win more projects with online proposal software. Premium

Commerce and e-Commerce

Tool Description Cost
Shopify Create an online store or add ecommerce to an existing site. Start your free 14-day trial today! Premium
Square Free credit card reader, big possibilities. Accept credit cards anywhere on iOS or Android. Premium
Woo Commerce The world's favorite eCommerce solution that gives you complete control to sell anything. Free

Web-Hosting and Domains

Tool Description Cost
iPage Hosting Get web hosting with iPage.com. Fully-loaded hosting with unlimited space, email and more! Premium
GoDaddy Domains Buy your own .com .ca .net domain names and hosting packages today! Start your website! Premium
BitBalloon Free Hosting The ultimate static site hosting platform. Drag and drop your website directory into Bitballoon today! Free

Social Media Tools

Tool Description Cost
HootSuite Manage multiple social media networks and profiles and measure your campaign results. Free/Premium
RiteTag Optimize your Tweet performance using the interactive Tweet coach. Free Trial. Premium
Buffer Social media post scheduling and optimization Free/Premium
Riffle Deeper insights into peoples' Twitter profiles, connected accounts and more. Free
MyTopTweet Analytics on Tweet performance. Free
Meshfire AI for social media helping businesses ignite and maintain their social media presence. Free/Premium
Unfollowers.Me Analytics on Tweet performance. Free

Client Acquisition

Tool Description Cost
SumoMe Tools to Grow Your Website's Traffic. Heatmaps, list-builder popups and more. Free/Premium
GoSpaces Landing pages. Sell subscriptions services, digital downloads and physical goods with no hassle. It's free to use! Free/Premium
LeadPages Landing page generator. The easiest way to build conversion optimized and mobile responsive landing pages. Free
LaunchRock Launchrock is a platform to build coming soon pages and rally early supporters in a movement. Free
Kickoff Labs From launches, to contests and giveaways, to viral lead generation. KickoffLabs will power up your campaigns. Free/Premium

Email and Newsletters

Tool Description Cost
MailChimp Easy Email Newsletters, Analytics and more! Built for growth! Start your free account today! Free/Premium
SideKick Track who opens and reads your email. Get 1 free month! Free/Premium
Campaign Monitor Campaign Monitor makes it easy for you to create, send, and optimize your email marketing campaigns. Premium
LeadPages Bulk unsubscribe from all those pesky emails and newsletters. Free
Inbox by Gmail Google's new Gmail integration for email bundling, organization and task-management. Free

Productivity

Tool Description Cost
Slack Slack is a rapidly-growing community-building communication platform in the tech industry. Free/Premium
SideKick Track who opens and reads your email. Get 1 free month! Free/Premium
Evernote Evernote is the modern digital workspace that helps you be your most productive self. Free/Premium

Design Resources

Tool Description Cost
Graphic River Hand-reviewed design items for any creative project. Premium
The Stocks The best royalty-free stock photos in one place, for free under Creative Commons Licences. Free
Flat UI Colors Great colour-picking resource for web-friendly colour schemes that can be easily copied in different formats. Free
InVision Transform your Web and Mobile (iOS, Android) designs into clickable, interactive Prototypes and Mockups. Free
UI8 Collection of free UX and UI design resources to get you started. Free
Pixden Download free web and graphic design templates! Mockups, designs, vectors graphics and more! Free/Premium

Fonts

Tool Description Cost
Font Squirrel FREE, highest-quality, designer-friendly, commercial-use fonts and presents them for easy downloading. Free
TypeKit Subscription font service. Thousands of fonts from foundry partners into one library for quick browsing. Free/Premium

Outsourcing

Tool Description Cost
UpWork Hire Freelancers & Get Freelance Jobs Online Free

Cloud Storage

Tool Description Cost
Dropbox Keep your photos, docs, and videos safe, synced, and easy to share online. Never lose a file again. 10GB Free. Free/Premium
Box Secure content management and collaboration for individuals, and businesses. Access to your files online. Free/Premium
OneDrive Access and share your files from anywhere by keeping them in OneDrive. Free/Premium

Blogging

Tool Description Cost
SquareSpace Build simple beautiful websites with eCommerce, powerful marketing tools and more. No coding required! Premium
Medium Read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you. Every day thousands of new voices share. Free
Wordpress Create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free designs and themes. Free/Premium
TheGrid Create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free designs and themes. Premium

Google Chrome Extensions

Tool Description Cost
Momentum Dash New tab page in Google Chrome becomes a personalized beautiful inspiring photo, motivational quote, weather, and todo list. Free
FontFace Ninja Chrome extension to recognize, try and download any font on the Internet! Free
ColorZilla ColorZilla includes a Color Picker, Eye Dropper, Gradient Generator and many additional advanced color tools. Free

Design Blogs and Inspiration

Tool Description Cost
Hongkiat Design weblog for designers, bloggers and tech users. Useful tools, tutorials, tips and inspirational artworks. Free
Smashing Magazine An online magazine for professional Web designers and developers. Focus on new techniques and best practices. Free
SitePoint Cutting-edge content for web professionals — developers, designers, programmers, freelancers and site owners. Free
Dribbble What are you working on? Dribbble is show and tell for designers. Free
Behance Leading free online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Create a portfolio of your work and broadcast it! Free

Inspirational/Motivational Blogs

Tool Description Cost
Tiny Buddha Simple wisdom for complex lives. Quotes, tips & stories to help us help ourselves and each other. Free
Zen Pencils Famous and inspirational quotes are adapted into inspiring and beautiful cartoons. Free
The Muse Free career advice on discovering your passion, and finding jobs at inspiring companies that are now hiring. Free

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The resources on Tech Toolshed are curated by Iskender Piyale-Sheard. If you have any suggestions for great new tools, please feel free to send me a tweet! For business inquiries or advertising, please email me.

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