Resources are very useful when starting a business. I've attached links directly to the sites, making it easy for you to navigate to these sites with one click.
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quantcast.com : "it's your audience. We just find it. (Here you'll find all the information you need to research your target audience. Including gender, age, ethnicity, salary, education, and number of children. (Tip: if your just starting out you can enter in the address of your competitors, so you can see your potential target audience in detail.
surveymonkey.com : is one of the best way to find detail information about a group of people. ( Tip: keep survey questions between 3 and 5 questions max, blast survey on your Twitter feed, the more people that participate the better, and keep your questions simple and straight to the point).
Domain Name and Web Hosting Service
hostgator.com : here you can purchase your domain name(www.companyname.com) , company emails (firstname.lastname@example.org) and hosting services(virtual storage where your website and data is stored) . I personally have been using their service for 5 years now and think their great. Need help on how to buy a domain name check out my YouTube tutorial here.
Online Staffing Platform
elance.com : here I found my team that helped me get my business up and running with very limited funds. (you'll find virtual assistants, web designers, graphic designers, the list goes on and on).
Digital Delivery Service (Provides Shopping Cart and Buy Now Buttons)
e-junkie.com : You can sell ebooks, sell mp3 tracks and albums, sell software, icons, fonts, artwork, phone cards, event tickets, cds, posters, books, t-shirts and almost everything else you want to sell. E-junkie has no transaction limit, no bandwidth limit, no setup fee and no transaction fee.
Content Management System
wordpress.com : Create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support.
aweber.com : AWeber develops and runs an opt-in email marketing service used by over 120,000+ small businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs around the globe. Our web-based tools help businesses grow by staying in touch with customers and prospects through email.
Professional Images for your Business
istockphoto.com : Royalty free stock photos, vector art illustrations, stock footage and audio for print and use on websites and presentations.
Online Graphic Design Market Place
99Designs.com : At 99designs, dozens of talented designers compete to deliver the best design for your creative needs—from logos to business cards to full website concepts. If you click this link, you can easily launch your design contest with an exclusive, free Power Pack Upgrade valued at $99.