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The Trep’s Toolbox is a database of all the essential online and cloud-based tools you need to start and grow your business on a bootstrap. The toolbox features a wide range of free and low-cost solutions covering every area of business from marketing and creative to finance and accounting. All of the tools have been tried and tested by the team and are recommended for both cost effectiveness and ease of use.

Appear.inVideo Conferencing / Live Chat, Real Time MessagingA video conferencing tool that allows up to 4 people to video chat for free using a single room. Also offers the possibility to claim a room in your brand name for free.
Pro version allows up to 12 users and 10 rooms.
Free / $9.99 mth
BitlyDigital MarketingPowerful Link shortening tool with a built in analytics platformFree
MarketingA low cost SMS Marketing providerFrom 2.1p / message
MailchimpMarketingThe leading email marketing toolFree up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month
WordpressWebsites, Marketing, eCommerceA powerful Content Management System that allows you to build powerful websitesFree (hosting & domain required)
ShopifyWebsites, eCommerceThe leading eCommerce website platformFrom $29 / mth plus transaction fees
WoocommerceWebsites, eCommerceThe most popular opensource eCommerce plugin for Wordpress websitesFree (hosting & domain required)
SlackReal Time Messaging,A cloud based collaboration team that allows teams to communicate and share files instantlyFree(basic package). Paid packages start at £5.25
per active user, per month
billed annually
£6.30 billed monthly
Google MailEmailA powerful cloud based email platform by GoogleFree with a Gmail address / £3.30 per user per month with your own domain
Google DrawingsGraphic Design, MarketingA simple cloud based graphic design toolFree
PixabayGraphic Design, MarketingOver 1,188,454 free photos, illustrations, and vectors and videos free for commercial use without attributionFree
Embed Code GeneratorGraphic Design, MarketingA useful tool that allows you to generate embed code to allow others to share your infographics on their websiteFree
Google DriveStorage, CollaborationSave and share up to 15GBFree (up to 15GB), Premium plans from £1.59/mth
sageOne Accounts
Accounting & BookkeepingA powerful cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting service with extensions available such as payrollFrom £6/mth (Start package) / £20/mth (Accounting package)
Wave Accounting

Accounting & BookkeepingPowerful free Accounting & Bookkeeping serviceFree

Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingOnline news and social networking platformFree

Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingA social media dashboard application for management of Twitter accounts.Free

Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingA social media management platform with a dashboard interface which supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and many moreFrom £16/mth
Social Quant
Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingTwitter growth service$50/mth
Digital MarketingURL Shortener and Link Management PlatformFree
Facebook Pages
Digital MarketingSocial Marketing PlatformFree
Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingMobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing applicationFree
Social Insight
Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingInstagram management and analytics toolFrom $29/mth
Repost App
Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingApp that allows reposting of Instagram content while giving credit to the original InstagrammerFree ( Contains ads · Offers in-app purchases)
Digital Marketing, Social Media MarketingBusiness- and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and moFree
Clevver Mail

Virtual Office / AdministrationVirtual Office solution with a global choice of addressesFrom €3.95/mth

Virtual Office / AdministrationVirtual Telephony service providerFrom £2.99/mth

Project ManagementA powerful cloud-based project management tool for collaborative projectsFree
FiverrGraphic Design, Copy writing, Creative"Freelance services for the lean entrepreneur"

From $5
PublishingThe world's largest electronic publishing and discovery platform for magazines, catalogs, newspapers, and other publicationsFree (basic account), from $19/mth for enhanced packages
PublishingFind, collect and share content that's aligned with your audience's interests.Free (basic), $9/mth (pro)
PublishingFree tools to help you publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, and video downloads on-demand on and other channels.Free (royalty based), billable add ons available.
Amazon Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate MarketingOne of the largest and most successful online affiliate programs, with over 900000 members joining worldwideFree
Adobe Spark

Graphic Design, Marketing, Social Media MarketingFree online and mobile graphic design app.Free
Marketing, Social Media MarketingAn instant chat platform that allows you to publicly broadcast to your own channelFree
PaypalOnline PaymentsA versatile platform for processing online payments as well as physical card payments through the Paypal Here card readerFree to set up account, fee per transaction.
StripeOnline PaymentsAn online payment system that offers APIs to accept credit cards, manage subscriptions, send money and run a marketplace.Free to set up, fee per transaction.
Character Count OnlineDigital Marketing, Copy WritingA lightweight online character count tool.Free
Google Analytics

Digital MarketingPowerful analytics for your websiteFree
Google Adsense
Website MonetizationUse Google AdSense to make money online by placing ads on your website and YouTube channel and start monetizing your website.Free
Finance / Fundraisingthe world's largest crowd-funding platform for creative projectsKickstarter fee
5% of total funds raised;
Payment processing fees
3% + £0.20 per pledge;
Pledges under £10 have a discounted micropledge fee of 5% + £0.05 per pledge
Graphic DesignA free graphic-design tool website which provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fontsFree
Productivitya cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.Free (personal version)
File Sharing / CollaborationA secure file sharing solution trusted by over 500 million users.Free up to 2GB; from £7.99/mth for premium packages
Knowledge Sharing / PRHARO provides journalists with a robust database of sources for upcoming stories and daily opportunities for sources to secure valuable media coverage.Free (basic); from $19/mth (premium)
Survey Monkey
SurveysOnline survey development software.Free for up to 10 questions / 100 responses per survey; premium packages from £31/mth
Marketing / Copy WritingA free grammar checker that instantly eliminates grammatical errors and enhances your writingFree

Video EditingOnline video editorFree (5 videos/mth); premium from $7.50/mth

Publishing / Knowledge Sharinga place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to youFree / $5 month

Website Performance / MonitoringSimple and inexpensive website monitoring.100,000 free credits / thereafter prcing per credit. Example - check 1 website every 30 seconds for just 1.17 eur / mth
Down for everyone or just me?

Website Performance / MonitoringCheck if your website is available to other users.Free
GT Metrix

Website Performance / MonitoringMonitor and analyse your website speed with actionable recommendations.Free