One of Guy Kawasaki's "reality checks" for entrepreneurs is the question "What can we beg, borrow, or lease that we are buying?" However, as evidenced by Kawasaki's own new product Canva, the Web has lots of entirely free and free-to-try resources.

I built this list specifically for salespeople and marketers, but much of it is useful to anybody in business. (An extra tip of the hat to Freebie.Supply for most of the social media tools.)

Free College Courses

University of Pennsylvania

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Open University


University of California

Free E-books

Free Sales Training Videos

Free CRM

Free Customer Service Tools

Free Sales Team Tools

  • Exo--Collaboration over the Web
  • Mavenlink--Project management
  • WhenIWork--Employee time clock for small businesses
  • TribeHR--Teamwork and collaboration
  • Salesforce Chatter--Social media for inside a company
  • Wrike--Social software and collaboration
  • BambooHR--Human resource management
  • Disqus--Build a community of readers and commenters

Free Sales Writing Tools

Free Email Power Tools

  • Contact Form 7--Collects email addresses from Web visitors
  • Contact Monkey--Email tracking and Salesforce/Outlook integration
  • Email Extractor--Finds and displays all the email addresses on a website
  • MailChimp--Send up to 12,000 emails to up to 2,000 subscribers
  • ManyContactsBar--A website contact form that harvests emails
  • Rapportive--Shows you social networking information email senders
  • Sidekick--Tells you when prospects are clicking on your emails
  • Vibe--Hover your mouse over any email to get the full info

Free Social Media Tools

  • Addthis--Get more shares, follows, and conversions
  • Bitly--Create, share, and track shortened links
  • Buffer--Schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Google
  • Click to Tweet--Gets more shares for your content
  • CrowdFire--Easily follow or unfollow Twitter and Instagram
  • Digg Digg--Your share buttons in a single plugin
  • Filament--A customizable sharing bar
  • Hootsuite--Dashboard for multiple social networks
  • Klout--Social media influence score on browser extension
  • Latergram-- Plan and schedule Instagram posts
  • MyTweetLinks--Increases your Twitter traffic
  • Riffle--Full profile and info on any Twitter user
  • Ritetag--Instant hashtag analysis
  • SharedCount--Track URL shares, likes, tweets, etc.
  • SocialRank--Identify, organize, and manage Twitter followers
  • Spruce--Creates Twitter-ready images
  • SumoMe--Optimizes your share buttons for traffic
  • Tally--Absurdly easy poll creation
  • Typeform--Online survey and form builder
  • WriteRack--Easier blogging on Twitter