This is a list of tools and resources that CoSolo community members have personally used and recommended.  Follow up with the member(s) who recommended the tool to check if it will meet your needs - this is important to do because everyone’s needs are different, and you will be able to get a lot of information very quickly by talking to someone who used it.1,2

Category

Sub-category

Tools & Services

(Top 3)*

Why is it good?

Recommended By

(To learn more you can connect with the member on Slack)

Sales & Marketing

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

PipeDrive

Pipe drive has a pretty cool visual pipeline tool that allows you to move your contacts through the pipeline easily. The tool recommended by David A. Fields

@Jayanth @Tony

Websites to find freelancing work

Top 10 Websites for Projects

CoSolo team curated this list of top 10 freelancing sites to find best freelancing sites per role

@rahul @tony

Website builder

Strikingly

Super easy to use a website builder for basic websites. The monthly plan starts at $20/month.

@rahul

Wordpress

The world’s most popular website building tool.  It is very powerful, but requires hosting service, and some coding.

@matt S

Webflow

This is a platform to create the next generation of websites.  Requires a bit of coding

@manlo

Web hosting (for Wordpress)

wpEngine

Now owned by Endurance - which is a good thing

@matt s

Website competitive analysis

similarWeb

Can find incoming traffic info of competitor websites

@tammy

Stock Images

Pexels

Pexels sometimes has more selection than Unsplash and more "businessy" photos, also free.

@laura

Unsplash

Thousands of high-quality free stock images that can be used in presentations and other business collateral.

@rahul

iStock, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, 123RF

Get nice photos for $5~$20 each, which may not be all that expensive if you’re looking for something very specific to convey your message

@matt s

Managing Mailing Lists

Mailchimp

A great tool to run email marketing campaigns, ads, landing pages, and automation tools.

@deepak

Identify prospect tool

FormD

Identify companies with investment to know they have money

@mattk

Finding email addresses

Lusha

Find email addresses of prospects with just their linkedIn profile info

@mattk

Hunter

Find email address format of companies

@mattk

Profiler of prospects

Crystalknows

Learn how to interact with prospects by understanding their personality and ways to communicate to them

@mattk

Media

Getting published

Haro

Sign up for emails with list of publications who are looking for a source for their article.  Get mentioned in the article.

@laura

Market Research

Survey Tools

Google Forms

Easy to use the tool. Provided for free. Google forms also integrates with Google sheets automatically, so you don’t have to constantly download data to analyze it

@tony @rahul

Survey Monkey

Versatile online survey tool. However, the free version has a limit of ten questions.  Good to use for client work, and have them pay

@tony

Typeform

Easy to use online survey tool. Typeforms look very slick and modern. However, the free version has a limit of ten questions.

@rahul

Survey Tools including sourcing data

Poll Fish

Pollfish has a versatile survey tool but also integrates with other survey tools such as Google form and Survey Monkey.  What really separates Pollfish is that they get data straight from the target audience and charge $1.50 ~$4.50 per fully filled answer.  

@tony

Financial

Accountants

Malka Khan

Accountant Deepak has been using for many years.  Prefers to work in person (Manhattan/NJ)

@deepak

Herman Yiu

Accountant ROI has been working for many years.  Great at finding tax breaks.  

@ROI

Business Banking

Azlo Bank

Azlo bank offers no fee for business banking. It is an online-only bank and offers a free debit card. Free ACH transfers to other banks.

@tony, @rahul

Charles Schwab

Not a business bank, but can be used as such.  100% of ATM fee is reimbursed, and every checking account comes with an investment account which you can use to buy money market funds easily (higher interest than savings).

@tony

Credit Card

Savor

By Capital One

Not a business credit card, but can be used as such. Get 4% back for meals, no foreign transaction fee, get $500 cash back after spending $3000 in the first 3 months, and the 1st-year annual fee of $95 is free.

@tony

Legal

Legal document templates

Onecle

List of various legal documents filed by real companies along with templates. List includes

  • Subcontracting
  • NDA
  • Client agreement
  • ….

Cut and paste these documents and put your company info on it.  

@mattk

Online legal services

Northwest

Incorporation service.  Only $49 + other fees that go to the government

@tony

Lawyers

TBD

TBD

TBD

Insurance

General and Professional Liability Coverage

Hartford Small Business Insurance

Very smooth process of buying, updating insurance coverage, very fast in providing a quote. Well recognized by companies.

@jayanth

Administrative

Virtual Assistant

TBD

TBD

TBD

Coworking Space

WeWork

Has many locations globally, and if you are a member in one, you can visit other locations and use them. A bit on the pricier side, but has many benefits

@jayanth @emerson

Kettlespace

Rents restaurants in NY during weekdays (~8 am to ~6 pm) and provides them as workspace.  Low price (Unlimited per month is $99/month) and free one week trial.

@rahul

The Yard

Coworking space similar to WeWork. The Yard has locations in Philadelphia, DC, and Boston and prices are slightly cheaper than WeWork for comparable locations.

@rahul

Training / Coaching

Workshop

David A Fields: Solo Practice Accelerator

One of the top business coaches in the consulting world. Specializes in helping independent and boutique consultancy. Provides a solo consulting workshop.  A quick summary of the workshop content here, and a more detailed document that has an overview of the workshop materials created by Umbrex community

@deepak @tony @matt s

Newsletters

David A Fields

A weekly blog is sent out with really practical tips on building a consulting business

Podcast

ConsultingSuccess

Weekly ~20 to 30-minute interviews with top independent consultants by Michael Zypersky who runs business coaching service for independent consultants

@tony

ReimagineWork

Weekly ~60 minute interviews with interesting professionals who are redefining what work is. Interviewed by Paul Millard, who also runs Boundless community

@tony

Unleashed

Weekly ~30-minute interview with top experts and consultants by Will Bachman, who also runs Umbrex, the community for consultants

@tony

Books

Traction

Book with practical step by step guide on how to generate leads and sales for any business

@mattk

Irresistible Consultant’s Guide to Winning Clients

Framework and practical step by step guide on building a sustainable consulting business, written by David A Fields, who runs business coaching service for independent and boutique consultancies

@tony @deepak

Communities / Networking groups

A virtual community for Independent Consultants

Independent Consultants Network

LinkedIn referral network for independent consultants run by Deepak and Michael, independent consultants themselves (also CoSolo members). Also has expert webinars every quarter

@deepak, @tony, @michael f

Boundless

A slack community of freelancers, consultants, and people who do not want to work in a corporate environment

@tony

Umbrex

Combination of weekly newsletter with projects, and other tips and info, mighty-networks virtual community and more for independent consultants

@tony

National / Global community for business owners

Consortium Partners

The Consortium is a technology referral group. Each member has been vetted and signs an agreement that covers rules of engagement to join the group. Cost is ~$100 per month

@mattk

New York community for business owners

NetworkNetwork

Mostly referral networking group that meets in-person once a month as a team of 10~15, and 2 other events per month.  ~$100 per month

@tony, @rahul

Adrian’s Network

Virtual + In-person referral networking group

@tony

New York community for tech leaders

Business & Technology of Greater New York

Fireside chat + networking for people in business & technology fields. Meets quarterly in-person.

@deepak, @tony

Events

List of Events to attend/speak at in the US

CoSolo list

List of events CoSolo community member is attending or speaking at

Check the list for details

Other

PDF Scanner

Scannable

It is a free app and it can quickly do high-quality scans ready that are ready to save or share.

@rahul

1. The list is continuously curated so tools with most recommendation make the list here.  

2. If you want to add or update the list with new items or want to add your name to recommenders, please share on “Resources” channel on CoSolo’s slack channel

Last updated April 15, 2019