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Free Startup Tools & Resources to help you fight Corona Pandemic (Covid-19)

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We’re facing tough times due to CoronaVirus Pandemic which has curtailed business operations across sectors globally.

Lockdowns, Market selloffs, FIIs disinvestment, restrictions and daily rising cases of corona cases are the factors that clearly show the businesses are bound to be hit badly. It has become frightening, frustrating and even maddening.

Small and growing startups and individuals are at a larger risk and are facing huge difficulties above all, whether it is the money inflow, or employee productivity management, or getting new projects.

With rising tensions, many organizations have come together to provide free access to their premium subscriptions to their software and tools to help you support your business during the corona pandemic.

With these powerful and premium software and tools (now available for free during corona situation) you can easily manage your organization. There are several tools that range from communication and collaboration to project management and customer support.

You can take advantage of these free startup tools and resources and keep your business operations stable, function quickly and smoothly from home even in this situation.

List of Free Startup Tools and Resources

Marketing, Design & Development

  1. Betasaurus: Being a small startup marketing agency and we can also feel the pain that is caused to you due to the corona pandemic. Betasaurus is giving 50% discount (first month) on the Startup Ninja’s Program. Apart from this Betasaurus also commits help to startups by strategizing ideas and tips for their growth strategies, or general startup advice that can be like how to keep going at this situation. You can drop an email to us hello@betasaurus.com. And we’ll get back to you.
  2. Builder.ai: Builder.ai, a no-code software development platform, is offering its recently-launched Studio Store for free to SMBs for the first three months. The Studio Store is a collection of pre-packaged apps, beginning with e-commerce and delivery, designed to make it relatively cheap and easy for businesses to go digital.
  3. Mailchimp: Until May 31, Mailchimp is providing small businesses with free five-year custom domains to help brick-and-mortar businesses move online. The offering is available to new and existing Mailchimp users and is applicable toward domains worth up to $25 a year. Eligible users can access free built-in templates to help them build and publish multi-page sites. Every purchased domain includes free WHOIS privacy protection and a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate.
  4. Godaddy: GoDaddy launched Websites + Marketing Free, a free package of tools to build a website, as well as marketing tools. It’s a free version of GoDaddy’s Websites + Marketing, which launched in September. GoDaddy initially planned to release a free tier later in 2020, but the company sped up the release in response to the pandemic.
  5. SEMrush: SEMrush is offering free access to its social media and lead generation products. That includes free access to the full functionality of its Social Media Toolkit, enabling companies to track competition, edit images and bulk schedule social media posts. It also includes access to Oppty, a lead generation and prospecting solution for digital marketing agencies and freelancers.
  6. Hootsuite: Free access for Hootsuite Professional to small businesses and nonprofits until July 1st, 2020. Helping to manage social media, and stay connected with your customers and communities.
  7. SurveyMonkey: Free questionnaire templates written by survey research experts to gather data/feedback from employees, customers and broader groups impacted by the coronavirus.
  8. Ubersuggest: Free plan for Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest, which helps you generate keywords for your content marketing strategy and production.
  9. Moz: Free Moz Academy courses for our community — just use the promo code “wegotthis”.
  10. Adobe: Free home access to Creative Cloud apps is available by request of students and educators until May 31, 2020. Adobe also offers free 90-day access to Adobe Connect for web conferencing until July 1, 2020.
  11. Benchmark: Free trial of a powerfully simple email marketing solution designed to help you create and send compelling campaigns with ease.
  12. Hatchbuck: Free trial of our all-in-one sales and marketing platform combines email marketing, CRM and marketing automation to turn emails into conversations, website visitors into handshakes, and customers into raving fans. Hatchbuck also provides marketing agencies with an alternative solution for their small business clients.
  13. Chamaileon: Free plan for email design editor tool. It’s specialty, the collaborative suite: it’s the best email design-builder for teams featuring real-time multi-user simultaneous design editing and many other remote-work enabling features.

Communication

  1. Facebook: Free Premium Workplace Advanced, which includes an internal version of Facebook complete with services such as video calling and file sharing, available to emergency services and governments for 12 months. Organizations have until June 30 to sign up for the offer.
  2. Zoom: Free video conferencing tools for K-12 schools.
  3. Google Cloud: Free, premium version of its workplace video chat tool until July, to help businesses and schools working remotely due to coronavirus. Those features include having up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
  4. LogMeIn: Free site-wide licensing for 3 months of its video conferencing solution, GoToMeeting, for eligible organizations (health care providers, educational institutions, municipalities, and non-profits).
  5. Discord: Free, enhanced Go Live streaming service so that it can now support 50 simultaneous users rather than 10.
  6. BlueJeans: Free access to video conference service to first responders and NGOs for 90-days.
  7. 8×8: Free video meetings to all users. Offers 80+ local dial-in numbers (11 toll-free) from 55+ countries and meetings of up to 50 participants without any time restrictions.

Collaboration

  1. Trello: Trello is an amazing tool that lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way. Trello is giving educators free, one-year subscriptions to Trello Business Class, to help them stay organized and connected as they transition to remote learning.
  2. Slack: Free upgrades to paid plans for teams working on coronavirus pandemic research, response, or mitigation. Interested teams can email a special address to get this set up, and a consultation on how best to get started with remote collaboration.
  3. Microsoft: Free six-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams.
  4. Atlassian: Free access to Cloud products for issue-tracking and project-tracking software including Jira and Confluence.
  5. Zoho: Free suite of Remotely apps until July 1. There are 11 apps in all, including ones for online meetings, training sessions, storage, project management and everyday work (in the form of word processing, spreadsheets and presentations).
  6. Wrike: Free licenses of the versatile collaborative work management platform (Professional edition) to new customers for 6 months. Current customers are able to add unlimited collaborators. Webinars and advice on remote work are both on the website.
  7. Smartsheet: Free templates that can be used by other organizations to build their own coronavirus preparedness dashboard, rich with CDC documentation and other resources, and related sheets and forms.
  8. PandaDoc: Free eSign plan gives companies unlimited users, unlimited document uploads, unlimited eSignatures and payment processing.
  9. Docusign: Free access to Docusign for managing electronic agreements.
  10. Lucidchart: Free single user account with access to Lucidchart introductory library and basic templates. Lucidchart is the ultimate online collaboration platform where teams can share, collaborate, visualize complex concepts and save their work in real-time.
  11. Airtable: Free use of Airtable Pro plan as a modern database for any non-political, humanitarian effort tackling COVID relief. There is no time limit. It is also planning to make service free for students too.
  12. Evernote: Free sign up and access of Evernote Basic plan. Take notes. Keep a journal. Clip anything from the web. Evernote lets you store and share information quickly and securely.

Health and Productivity

  1. Headspace: Free meditations you can listen to any time. Headspace is a meditation app that helps people make their lives healthier, happier, and more well-rested. As they know everything about reducing stress, Headspace has a little something for all of us.
  2. Calm: Free resources from Calm to take care of our minds and stay grounded, including content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.
  3. Stop, Breathe & Think: Stop, Breathe & Think app offers guided meditations. They realize people’s anxiety so they created “Calm Coronavirus Anxiety” meditations in order to help people handle the stress.
  4. Endel: Endel is an app that creates personalized environments that help users focus and relax by making a list of music and sounds that fit the person. Code – Staychill

Customer Engagement

  1. Salesforce: Free access to technology for emergency response teams, call centers and care management teams for health systems affected by coronavirus.
  2. Freshworks: For businesses with fewer than 50 employees, Freshworks is offering free and unrestricted use of its customer engagement tools, Freshchat and Freshcaller, for the next six months. Small businesses can use these tools to manage surging customer queries via digital channels and to switch to remote work.

Online Courses

  1. Linkedin: Free 16 learning courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
  2. Codeacademy: Free 10,000 scholarships to Codecademy Pro to high school and college students across the world for the rest of the school year.
  3. Amazon: Free online access to sponsored computer science courses in the United States. That’s intended for learners in grades 6-12, and teachers who are remotely teaching this age group. Parents can also access this curriculum.
  4. McGraw Hill: Free resources for out-of-school learning to help K-12 teachers make the transition to remote instruction.
  5. Scholastic: Free five days of content and 15 additional days is on the way.
  6. Age of Learning: Free at-home access for families at affected schools to ABCmouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8.
  7. Crowdmark: Free access to its online grading and analytics platform until May 31.
  8. Epic: Free remote access of its reading platform to elementary educators and librarians until June 30, 2020, with no credit card required. Students may access the company’s digital library, which has 35,000-plus books, read-to-me, and audiobooks, videos and quizzes. Teachers and librarians can stay connected to their students by assigning books or collections and monitoring their progress.
  9. ClassTag: Free communication platform available to help districts and schools communicate with their families. The software sends messages through SMS, email, apps and the web and automatically translates them into one of 55 languages. The platform can also be used to post videos, assignments and other resources for students to access at home and allow users to run virtual lessons with a video conferencing tool.
  10. Listenwise: Free access to the Listenwise platform that supports distance learning by allowing you to roster your students, make online customized written assignments, and assign multiple-choice autos-cored listening quizzes. This will give you and your students the ability to learn through May 31st, or until your school reopens.
  11. Avid: Free, temporary licenses of creative tools to qualified media enterprise and educational customers. Starting today, March 16, through Friday, April 17, users who must work remotely because their facility has been closed may obtain 90-day licenses free of charge for Media Composer | Ultimate, Pro Tools, Pro Tools | Ultimate and Sibelius | Ultimate. In addition, any student of an institution who uses our products and can no longer attend school and/or access school facilities can receive a 90-day license of the same products.
  12. Coursera: Coursera’s mission is to transform lives through learning. To help minimize the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on students, the Coursera community is launching a global effort to assist universities and colleges to deliver courseware online. It is a perfect opportunity for students from all over the world to take an online course for free.
  13. Skillshare: Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. And they offer their help, too.
  14. 500+ Ivy League: Taking into account that many people now have some free time, the Ivy League universities have shared over 500 online courses on any subject a person can think of, including business, design, personal management, and much more. The hardest thing is to pick one from their excellent catalog of free courses.

People and Recruiting

  1. Humu: Free nudges to anyone who wants science-backed advice for how to best work remotely, partner with colleagues who are all over the place, show appreciation for those who don’t have the flexibility to work remotely (e.g. cashiers, medical personnel).
  2. Workable: Free use of the new video interviewing software for all customers, and access to a library of Covid-19 response content for use by HR professionals and business leaders.
  3. HR Acuity: Free version of its SaaS solution to help businesses manage employee issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The limited edition provides employee documentation and tracking functionality that will equip businesses to monitor the people impact of the crisis. The limited edition will be available through at least July 1 to businesses with more than 100 employees.
  4. Lever: Free video interviewing for 1:1s and panels via Zoom Integration. Lever’s recruiting software enables scheduling and joining Zoom meetings from within its app.
  5. Harver: Free pre-employment assessment platform for hiring at scale for those affected by COVID-19. Offer valid for at least 60 days. No strings attached.
  6. OutMatch: Free access to OutMatch’s video interviewing platform for 60 days — no strings attached. HR professionals can use pre-recorded and live video interviewing to screen and hire candidates 100 percent virtually.
  7. Lystloc: Free Lystloc Office (Remote) User & API licenses for organizations fighting COVID-19 till June 1st, 2020. Lystloc is a Real-Time Location Intelligence and Analytics SaaS product company.

General

  1. Shopify: Free 90-day trial for all new customers instead of 14 days. If you’re currently on a 14-day trial, you can extend it to 90 days.
  2. Peloton: Free 90-day trial of its subscription workout app as more gyms shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The fitness freebie doesn’t require a Peloton-branded bike or treadmill. Users can choose from classes such as yoga, meditation, strength training and more.
  3. U-Haul: Free self-storage for 30 days to all college students who have been impacted by schedule changes at their universities.
  4. UrbanSitter: Free parent subscription for two months during the COVID-19 outbreak. Parents can find trusted childcare help to support them as they work from home during this period. Every sitter is background checked and UrbanSitter provides parents with as much information as possible to make informed decisions.
  5. Brit.co: Free DIY classes for next one to two weeks. Use discount code “selfcare” at checkout.
  6. Zencastr: Free Hobbyist plans will have no recording time limits or limits on the amount of people in your recording. Effective through July 1, 2020.
  7. Audible(Amazon): Free stories for kids of all ages to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
  8. 1Password: 1Password is offering 1Password Business, its enterprise password manager (EPM), for free for the first six months to ease the digital security concerns of businesses.
  9. Box: Cloud content management company Box is making Box business edition, for small and medium-sized businesses, free for 90 days in response to the crisis.

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