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skylineGood Morning!  Ready to roar into 2012?  Well, if you’re looking to start or increase a small business for the New Year, here are some great tools.  Better, some are FREE!

Yep, that’s right.  You can still get help for your design or development business for free.

First up, GetJar.  A great collection of apps for your Android devices that are always free.  Some are normally paid apps, so before buying, check GetJar and find out if you can save a few bucks.

Next, Web Designer Depot, a great blog site with tons of free brushes, templates, fonts and other tools necessary to any Graphic Designer.  They are launching a new feature called Zero Bundle soon, so get to their site and sign up quick!

Site Grinder is not a completely free service, but they do have a 30 day free trial that is most worth checking out.  This is a plug in for Photoshop that automates creating your web pages.  Increase productivity and make money for 2012!

Then there is Template Monster.  While many of their templates are paid, they feature free ones all the time.  They also offer blogs and tutorials for free to get your skills polished up.  And if you’re a seasoned developer, you can sign up and sell some of your own templates and make some merry New Year cash.

Finally, there is good old DKemp Designs where tips and freebies are listed every day.  If you appreciate the help, donate $1-100 to keep the site going.

Have a Very Productive New Year!

No matter what business area you are in, you need a website.  Web presence makes your business larger and global immediately, for a relatively small cost.  Factors to consider are cost to build and set up, hosting fees and maintenance of the site.  Maintenance is the area least considered by small businesses.  Everyone knows that Google analytics exist, but few understand that fresh and updated content factor into your search rankings.

If your business is very small and service oriented, you may make do with one of the free template sites until you can afford a web designer.  Keep in mind that you won’t be able to develop a “brand” look with this, but it can quickly get you up and running so that you can market yourself.

Next, learn how to use social media for your business exposure.  If y0u have a Facebook page, you will need a new one for your business with only business related p0sts and commentary.  Invite your friends and family to “like” your page, but hide their posts unless they are responding to your business comments.

Find meaningful tips and content to share on Facebook and Twitter.  There is a wealth of information on optimizing your social media.  Google “how to use Twitter” and see how many listings come up.  Search the Twitter listings by tag or topic and find specialists in your business area.  Follow them, converse with them and mention them.  You will gain knowledge and followers.

Part 3 coming soon.  Missed part one?  Find it here.