Here are some popular and low cost business partners that specialize in helping companies grow.
This website provides creative and professional services starting at $5. Yes, really. According to Crunchbase Fiverr offers 3 million gigs from 196 countries. Some of the services included are:
- Professional logo and label design
- Tech pack creation
- Photo re-touching and preparation for sales on Amazon and eBay
- Digital marketing
- Video editing and millions of other services.
Make sure to hire providers with multiple 5-star reviews to get best results. The top producers may cost more, but they provide high-quality work. Or take take a chance on an inexpensive new seller. New sellers with robust sample portfolios can be bargain-basement gems.
I found Asmita, a professional graphic artist in India, on Fiverr. She was a new seller charging $5 per design. I can’t live without her now. She takes a concept out of my head and transforms it for website, book and marketing use. Asmita has so many glowing Fiverr reviews now that she charges top dollar. She still gives me good deals, though, because we grew together and formed a mutually beneficial long-term partnership.
Do you have a basic idea for graphics but aren’t sure what you need? 99Designs lets you run a contest for:
- Website design or other graphics projects.
You provide a loose creative brief to artists or you can get as specific as needed. 100+ artists then submit designs for your review. Also, you can provide feedback to artists you like and they will repeatedly tweak their designs. This provides a variety of results you might like.
Don’t love any of the designs? No problem, the website will refund your money.
99Designs often offers coupons. You can find them by typing “99Designs coupon” into your browser.
Michael Stelzner launched Social Media Examiner with no previous social media experience. He used his “Elevation Principle Business Model” to give away free how-to content. This created a loyal business community without the hard sell people don’t like. Then he wrote Launch to share his process.
“Launch focuses on how to build lasting relationships that will help grow small businesses into empires,” says Stelzner. He should know. SocialMediaExaminer grew to 94,000+ subscribers in less than 18 months. Also the site received 2.25 million visits in the last six months according to SimilarWeb. (SimilarWeb provides website analytics.)
Launch offers many valuable tips and advice for creating attractive and highly-sharable social media content. So read it if you want to turboboost sales. I give the book 5-stars, and all of his Amazon buyers do too.
Maybe your college accounting class made your eyes glaze. Or you love accounting, but you don’t have time to run all aspects of your business. Consider letting Quickbooks handle your accounting so you have time to meet with investors.
The Quickbooks website states 5.9 million people use their product for:
- Income and expenses
- Invoices and payments
- Payroll, sales and sales tax
- Bill management.
The program connects to your bank account and also PayPal and Square accounts. Plus it sets up in minutes and charges a low monthly fee. No contract or long-term commitment is required.
If you don’t have your own legal team this website provides the customizable legal documents your business needs. These documents will protect you and your company. Some documents you may need are:
- Partnership agreements
- Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Patent Applications
- Incorporation agreements and more.
Currently RocketLawyer offers a free 7-day trial. You can then choose a monthly membership fee or a one-time fee per legal document.
Here’s a secret they may not want you to know: when I tried to cancel my membership they offered a monthly charge of $1. I don’t know how long this will last. For now, I’m enjoying bargain-basement legal document creation.
MailChimp offers web-based email marketing services. This helps businesses grow audiences, sell more products and build brands. The service offerings include:
- Email and social marketing campaigns
- Ad campaign creation
- Social sharing
- Landing pages and sign up forms
- Marketing analytics.
The site currently offers free use for 2000 subscribers and up to 12,000 emails per month. Larger businesses pay a monthly fee that varies. Price depends on total subscribers and number of monthly emails, plus desired additional features, like premium support.
Square offers a versatile payment solution that allows safe and secure acceptance of all payment types. You can process payments using the following:
- Phone or tablet
Square currently offers a free credit card magstripe reader with sign up. This payment service provides a quick and easy solution for trade shows, maker markets, solo practitioners and special events.
There are a wide variety of partnerships that can help your business grow. The needs for each business vary. So investigate partnership options that you find appealing. Analyze the cost and value and then use some or all of these partners to save time and money.