10 Free Tools to Get You Started as a Solopreneur

As a solopreneur I find myself trying and testing tools every week. At the moment, there are so many amazing tools on the market and it can be tough to narrow down what to use when getting started. As you are starting out as a solopreneur you will likely be very conscious of price and want to keep a lean budget when it comes to paying for software tools.

Being a solopreneur can take its toll if you don't have the correct tool stack to get you through your long days. It takes a special kind of person to be able to work independently, without the support of a team. But for those who are up for the challenge, solopreneurship can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

The key to success as a solopreneur is to be organized, disciplined, and self-motivated. You have to be able to keep yourself on track, without someone else there to prod you along. And you need to be passionate about what you're doing, because that passion will sustain you through the inevitable tough times. But if you can embrace the challenges of solopreneurship, you'll find that it can be an immensely gratifying way to live and work.

Below I have listed out free tools you can use right away when starting as a solopreneur. Most of the tools will have paid tiers that you will hopefully upgrade to one day as you grow and scale as a solopreneur, but until that point it's great that these tools have the free option to get started.

Calendly

Calendly is a great free tool for solopreneurs that helps you schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails. Calendly can connect to your calendar to automatically check availability and help you connect with your best contacts, prospects and clients. The free tier includes such features as:

  • Connect to Google, Office 365, Outlook, and iCloud calendars
  • Access Calendly with web, iOS, and Android apps
  • Create unlimited one-on-one events
  • Customize your booking link
  • Automated event notifications

Try Calendly for free

Slack

An easy and free way to chat with clients and set up private channels or automations from your website.

  • Create a channel for every project, topic, or group. Private or public, they’ll have a place on Slack
  • Connect with the apps and services you use everyday — and get information in front of the people who need it faster
  • Go from typing to talking in a single click, with 1:1 voice and video calls, directly inside Slack
  • Every message in Slack is indexed and searchable, so nothing gets lost or forgotten. On the free plan you can access the most recent 10,000
  • All the public files your team shares are kept in one place — so new people coming into the team can get all the context they need, and nothing is tucked away in a forgotten folder
  • With the ability to fine-tune notifications to your needs, you’ll never miss a beat on the conversations that matter to you

Try Slack for free

SmallChat

After you have created a free slack account you can now use SmallChat. Talk to your visitors without leaving Slack. Start conversations with visitors on your website through Smallchat and convert those visitors into customers. Smallchat runs inside Slack, which means no additional software to learn. Be available to chat with visitors on your website.

Smallchat lets you engage visitors as they're browsing. People don’t want to wait and put a potential purchase on hold while they wait for an email response. Real-time chat allows you to answer visitor questions in real-time, converting more visitors to customers.

Try SmallChat for free

Loom

Record quick videos of your screen and cam. An essential tool for hybrid workplaces. Nothing to schedule. Nothing to type. Send quick videos when calendars won’t line up and you don’t have time to type a wall of text.

Free tier includes:

  • Screen recording & cam bubble
  • Viewer insights
  • Instant editing
  • Privacy controls
  • Up to 25 videos/person
  • Up to 5 mins/video

Try Loom for free

MailerLite

MailerLite is a free and easy to use web-based email marketing software. It can help you create and send email newsletters, manage subscribers, track and analyze results. Easily connect other web apps with MailerLite so they seamlessly work together to share information, automate workflows and enhance your customer experience.

Free up to 1,000 subscribers.

Free tier includes:

  • Drag & drop editor
  • Email automation builder
  • Websites
  • 10 landing pages
  • Signup forms & pop-ups

Try MailerLite for free

Canva

Canva is the perfect design tool for solopreneurs. With thousands of professional templates, images and quality content to choose from, get a headstart on bringing your best ideas and work to life. Invite people to edit with you or set your whole team up in Canva Pro to manage brand assets, leave feedback, get approvals, and scale your visual content.

Free tier includes:

  • 250,000+ templates
  • 100+ design types(social media posts, decks, presentations, and more)
  • Hundreds of thousands of free photos, graphics, and icons
  • Invite members to edit or review
  • Collaborate and comment in real-time
  • 5GB of cloud storage

Try Canva for free

Zapier

Zapier lets you easily automate your daily , weekly, and monthly workload. Easy automation for busy people. Zapier moves info between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on your most important work. Stick with the tools that work for you.

Zapier connects more web apps than anyone, and they add new options every week. They integrate with apps such as Facebook Lead Ads, Slack, Quickbooks, Google Sheets,Google Docs, and many more!

Try Zapier for free

Whereby

Whereby is the most enjoyable way to connect over video, for a world in which anywhere works. Whereby's the easiest way to connect over video – with no app or software download required. Connect with anyone, anywhere with zero hassle.

Free tier includes:

  • 1 room URL
  • Host up to 100 participants
  • Unlimited one-on-one meetings
  • Group meetings for up to 45 minutes

Try Whereby for free


Trello

Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable teams to organize and prioritize projects in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way. Collaborate, manage projects, and reach new productivity peaks. From high rises to the home office, the way your team works is unique—accomplish it all with Trello. Start with a Trello board, lists, and cards. Customize and expand with more features as your teamwork grows. Manage projects, organize tasks, and build team spirit—all in one place.

Free tier includes:

  • Unlimited cards
  • Up to 10 boards per Workspace
  • Unlimited Power-Ups per board
  • Unlimited storage (10MB/file)
  • 250 Workspace command runs per month
  • Custom backgrounds & stickers
  • Unlimited activity log
  • iOS and Android mobile apps
  • 2-factor authentication

Try Trello for free

Stripe

Stripe is great for solopreneurs to launch and sell product and services. You can use Stripe’s software and APIs to accept payments, send payouts, and manage their businesses online.

Stripe brings together everything that’s required to build websites and apps that accept payments and send payouts globally. Stripe’s products power payments for online and in-person retailers, subscriptions businesses, software platforms and marketplaces, and everything in between.

Try Stripe for free

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