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Free Tools

We have compiled a list of free document templates, business tools and other resources which are available online. The entire list is objective – companies cannot pay to be included!

If you have any useful (ad free) resources you’d like us to consider for this page, please send us an email.

Online Software

  • Dropbox – store your documents / photos, etc. anywhere – free for initial storage from 2MB – Dropbox
  • Google Drive – store your documents online, and collaborate / share your documents with colleagues / clients – Google
  • Online newsletter software, up to 12,000 emails per month free (we use it on Company Bug) – MailChimp
  • Google Analytics – essential online software to track your website visitors, and measure ROI – Google
  • Online accounting software (we use it religiously at Company Bug) – 30 day trial – FreeAgent
  • Cloud accounting, billing and invoicing software – 30 day trial – FreshBooks
  • The world’s most popular content management software for your company website (used by Company Bug) – WordPress
  • Over 18m free photos/images – handy if you run a website, or a blog – EveryStockPhoto
  • Task management, synchronised between phone/laptop/desktop – works with Google Calendar too – RememberTheMilk

Free Services

  • Send press releases for free to numerous news sites – PRLog
  • Run online surveys – free for the first 100 responses, and inexpensive for the full versions – Survey Monkey
  • Conduct advanced Search Engine Optimisation analysis on your competitors – Open Site Explorer
  • Online project management (our web designers swear by it) – 45 day free trial – Basecamp
  • Keep track of all your social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) in one place – TweetDeck
  • Another highly regarded social media account manager – Hootsuite
  • Free voice and video calls, messaging and screen sharing with other users – Skype

Templates

  • Sample business plans (Over 500 of them) – Blans
  • Companies House Forms (Paper and WebFiling) – Companies House
  • MS Office Document templates (Proposals, presentations, projects, etc.) – Microsoft
  • IR35-Friendly Contract Template, Confirmation of Arrangements – Qdos
  • Invoice templates (for limited companies, sole traders, with or without VAT) – Freelance Advisor

Research

  • Search basic information relating to all the limited companies in the UK – Companies House
  • Search the UK trade mark database (and register your own trade mark from £200) – Intellectual Property Office – IPO
  • Free IP health check for your limited company, covering patents, trademarks, copyright, etc. – IPO
  • Check if a client’s VAT number is valid or not, for the UK and all other EU states – European Commission – VIES

Calculators

  • Small business calculators (Corporation Tax, Dividends, VAT, PAYE, etc.) – ContractorUK calculators
  • Business rates calculator – GOV.UK
  • HMRC calculators and tools – a complete list for both personal and company use – HMRC

Software Downloads

  • Microsoft software downloads (including Windows 8, MS Office) – Microsoft
  • Open Office – completely free suite of office applications – Open Office
  • Neo Office – established free suite of office software for Mac users – Neo Office