The Pattern™ Bootstrap Business Resources

Here is a list of resources to kickstart your business on a shoestring budget.

For brand & logo design:

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  • Get inspired at [fancy_link link=”http://www.creattica.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Creattica[/fancy_link] FREE

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For website design & development:

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  • Register your domain name and web hosting at [fancy_link link=”http://www.godaddy.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]GoDaddy[/fancy_link] $93 per year
  • Install [fancy_link link=”http://www.wordpress.org/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Wordpress[/fancy_link] FREE
  • Purchase and install a theme from [fancy_link link=”http://www.themeforest.net/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]ThemeForest[/fancy_link] $20-50

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For eCommerce:

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  • Open a storefront on [fancy_link link=”http://www.etsy.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Etsy[/fancy_link] 20 cents per listing, 3.5% sales commission
  • Create an eCommerce site through [fancy_link link=”http://www.shopify.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Shopify[/fancy_link] $29/month, 2% transaction fee

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Test your Product Idea:

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  • Go to [fancy_link link=”http://adwords.google.com” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Google Adwords[/fancy_link] You set the budget
    – research terms that are frequently searched using the Keyword Tool
    – create a google ad to test your idea
    – link the ad to a landing page on your website
    – describe your product, let people know it’s coming soon and ask for email addresses
    – count ad clicks and email opt-ins to determine your product’s appeal

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For Publicity:

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  • Subscribe to publicity alerts from [fancy_link link=”http://www.helpareporter.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]HARO[/fancy_link] FREE

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For Marketing:

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  • Get 100 business cards printed from [fancy_link link=”http://www.nextdayflyers.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Next Day Flyers[/fancy_link] $11.95
  • Start an eNewsletter with [fancy_link link=”http://www.mailchimp.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Mailchimp[/fancy_link] FREE
  • Get social profiles: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest: FREE

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Outsource tasks you don’t like or don’t know how to do:

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  • Go to [fancy_link link=”http://www.elance.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]eLance[/fancy_link] for design, programming and all sort of other services on a budget.

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Fund your project:

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  • Leverage the generosity of your social network to launch your business through crowdfunding at [fancy_link link=”http://www.kickstarter.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Kickstarter[/fancy_link]
  • Accept donations for your non-profit endeavor at [fancy_link link=”http://www.crowdrise.com/” variation=”green” target=”blank”]Crowdrise[/fancy_link]

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