Being a founder or a solopreneur often means wearing several hats at once. We’ve all heard about it yet when we experience it for the first time it can be all-consuming and overwhelming. Suddenly you are completely on your own. I know, right – what did we expect? The thing is, while we might have prepared for the business journey, we’re rarely sufficiently prepared for the mental and emotional experience of working in isolation.
The lack of connection and support as a solopreneur is palpable – no one to give you feedback, to tease out the wild and wonderful ideas from the crazy and stupid ones, or even to discuss the latest Covid Pandemonium. So there you are, styling it out like a boss keeping all your ideas, opinions, worries and fears in your head. It doesn’t take long for self-doubt to creep in. The most important, critical, life-changing decisions fall to you alone. The various options and outcomes bounce around in your head for days or even weeks while you deal with analysis paralysis. Is it any wonder why so many entrepreneurs struggle to take flight.
This is where Ireland Together comes into its own. Community brings connection and energy back into your life – the simple joy of being around other people who can offer a sounding board, an extra pair of eyes, or a source of knowledge. Working alone throughout a pandemic means no staff lunches, business dinners, conferences, tradeshows or celebrations. With typical social outlets out of the picture we need to invite serendipity and connection into our lives – simply turn up at an event and you will encounter the warm embrace of people exactly like you, ready and willing to collaborate. A rising tide carries all ships afterall.
At some point you will likely reach a point where you need expert insight, feedback and guidance about your enterprise from someone else. That person should be someone who isn’t emotionally invested in your product or service the way that you are; a fresh voice to give you perspective and to help quieten the competing voices in your head arguing about the best way to move forward. You will find that person at Ireland Together – we’ll make sure of it.
As for the many hats solopreneurs wear everyday – well there’s an app for that – and many of them are free. Maybe you have some to add? We’d love to hear from you.
FIRST TIME FOUNDER CHALLENGES
- http://foundrs.com/ Co-founder equity calculator.
- http://ad-spend-calculator.qwilr.com/ Should my startup pay to advertise?
- http://howmuchtomakeanapp.com/estimator Calculate the cost of a mobile application.
- http://howmuchtomakeanapp.com/build-a-website-vs-app/ Should you build an app or website?
- http://pitcherific.com/ Pitcherific helps you create, train, and improve your pitch.
- http://startupequity.io/ Figure out how much equity to grant new hires in seconds
- https://assembly.com/ Co-create new ideas no matter where they are.
- https://www.cofounderslab.com/ Find a co-founder in any city, any industry.
- http://www.founder2be.com/ Find a co-founder for your startup.
BUILD YOUR WEBSITE
- http://html5up.net/ Responsive HTML5 and CSS3 site templates.
- https://bootswatch.com/ Free themes for Bootstrap.
- http://templated.co/ A collection of 845 free CSS & HTML5 site templates.
- https://wordpress.org/ | https://wordpress.com/ Create your new website for free.
- http://www.layerswp.com/ A WordPress site builder so simple. It’s free, forever.
- http://bootstrapzero.com/ The largest open-source, free Bootstrap template collection.
- http://www.landingharbor.com/ Promote your mobile app with a free landing page.
- https://www.logaster.com/ Professional online logo maker & generator.
- http://www.hipsterlogogenerator.com/ It’s Hip, It’s Current, It’s Stylish, It’s Hipster.
- https://www.squarespace.com/logo/ You can download free low-res version for free.
- http://signature-maker.net/ A free web based tool that creates your handwritten digital signature.
- http://presskitgenerator.com/ Generate a Press Kit for your iOS App for free.
- http://invoiceto.me/ Free Invoice Generator.
- https://www.free-invoice-generator.com/ Alternative free invoice generator.
- http://slimvoice.co/ Insanely simple invoices.
- https://www.waveapps.com/ Free & easy accounting, invoicing and more.
- http://invoice.to/ Free invoice generator.
GET THE LEGAL STUFF SORTED
- http://www.500.co/kiss/ Free legal docs for startup founders and investor.
- https://www.docracy.com/ An open collection of free legal documents.
- http://www.shakelaw.com/ Create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds. Free for personal use.
- https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/ Famous WordPress plugin to collect email addresses.
- https://mailchimp.com/ Send 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free.
- https://www.manycontacts.com/ Free contact form sits on top of your website.
- https://www.hellobar.com/ Get more email subscribers.
- https://sumome.com/app/list-builder Collect email addresses with light box popover.
- https://wordpress.org/plugins/dreamgrow-scroll-triggered-box/ Boost your conversion rates — WordPress only.
- https://sumome.com/app/scroll-box Capture more email addresses, politely.
- http://mandrill.com/ The fastest way to deliver email. Free 12K emails/month.
- https://www.mailgun.com/ The Email Service For Developers. Free 10K emails/month.
- https://sendgrid.com/ Delivers your transactional and marketing email. Free 12K emails/month.
- https://www.sendinblue.com/ Free 9K emails/month.
- https://mailtrack.io/en/ The best free email tracking solution.
- https://beefree.io/index.aspx Free Email editor to build responsive design messages.
- http://www.cannedemails.com/ A minimal site with prewritten emails.
- http://writerack.com/The best way to tweetstorm.
- http://www.tryspruce.com/ Make Twitter ready images in seconds.
- http://coschedule.com/click-to-tweet Get more shares on your content.
- http://mytweetlinks.com/ Increases Twitter traffic.
- http://www.latergram.me/ Easily plan & schedule your Instagram posts.
- https://wordpress.org/plugins/pinterest-pin-it-button-for-images/ Add a “Pin It” button.
- https://www.sharedcount.com/ Track URL shares, likes, tweets, and more.
- http://howmanyshares.com/ Count how many shares a URL has across most social networks, all in one place..
- https://www.socialrank.com/ Identify, organize, and manage your followers on Twitter..
- https://bufferapp.com/ Schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+.
- https://bitly.com/ Create, share, and track shortened links.
- http://filament.io/flare A free beautiful and customizable sharing bar.
- https://www.addthis.com/ Get more shares, follows and conversions.
- https://sumome.com/app/share Auto-optimizes your share buttons for max traffic.
- https://wordpress.org/plugins/digg-digg/installation/ Your all in one share buttons plugin.
- https://disqus.com/ Build a community of active readers & commenters.
- https://launchkit.io/reviews App reviews delivered to Slack and your inbox.
TEST & ITERATE
- http://petithacks.com/ Acquisition, retention, & revenue hacks used by companies.
- https://www.optimizely.com/ One optimization platform for websites and mobile apps.
- http://hellobar.com/Tool for A/B testing different CTAs & power words.
- https://growthhackers.com/ Unlocking growth. Together.
STAND OUT – GET SEEN
- http://freebbble.com/ High-quality design freebies from Dribbble.
- https://dribbble.com/search?q=freebie Dribbble search results for “freebie”. An absolute freebie treasure.
- http://graphicburger.com/ Tasty design resources made with care for each pixel.
- http://pixelbuddha.net/ Free and premium resources for professional community.
- http://www.premiumpixels.com/ Free Stuff for Creative Folk.
- http://fribbble.com/ Free PSD resources by Dribbblers curated by Gilbert Pellegrom.
- http://freebiesbug.com/ Latest free PSDs & other resources for designers..
- https://marvelapp.com/resources/ Free resources from designers we love.
- http://uispace.net/ High quality hand-crafted Freebies for awesome people.
- http://www.freepik.com/ iFree graphic resources for everyone.
- http://www.techandall.com/ PSD, Tech News, and other resources for free.
- http://www.invisionapp.com/tethr The most beautiful IOS design KIT ever.
- http://web3canvas.com/ PSD Freebies, HTML Snippets, Inspirations & Tutorials.
- http://www.sketchappsources.com/ Free graphical resources.
- http://freebies.placeit.net/ Freebies delivered right to your Dropbox.
BUILD, BUILD, BUILD
- https://www.hive.im/ First free unlimited cloud service in the world.
- https://github.com/ Build software better, together.
- https://www.visualstudio.com/ Comprehensive collection of developer tools and services.
- https://keen.io/ Gather all the data you want & start getting the answers you need.
- https://coveralls.io/ Test coverage history and statistics.
- https://lingohub.com/ Free for Small Teams, Open Source usage and Educational projects.
- https://www.codacy.com/ Continuous Static Analysis designed to complement your unit tests.
- https://searchcode.com/ Search over 20 billion lines of code.
- https://www.startssl.com/ Free SSL certificates.
- https://rollbar.com/ Full-stack error monitoring for all apps in any language.
- https://www.loggly.com/ Simplify Log Management Forever. Free for one user.
- http://peek.usertesting.com/ Get a free, 5-minute video of someone using your site.
- http://devfreecasts.org/ A huge collection of free screencasts for developers.
- https://codyhouse.co/ A free library of HTML, CSS, JS nuggets.
GET SHIT DONE
- https://trello.com/ Keeps track of everything.
- https://evernote.com/ The workspace for your life’s work.
- https://www.dropbox.com/ Free space up to 2GB.
- https://www.wetransfer.com/ Free transfer up to 2GB.
- https://getpocket.com/ View later, put it in Pocket.
- https://raindrop.io/ Mac app for bookmarking and reading it later.
- https://www.flowdock.com/ Free for teams of five and non-profits.
- http://www.typetalk.in/ Share and discuss ideas with your team through instant messaging.
- https://slack.com/ Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
- https://www.hipchat.com/ Free for unlimited users with few limited features.
- https://www.google.com/hangouts/ Bring conversations to life with photos, emoji and group video calls.
- http://www.voxeet.com/ Simple, free 3D conference calls. Experience the difference.
- https://www.freebusy.io/ Eliminate coordination headaches when you need to schedule a meeting.
- https://realtimeboard.com/ Your regular whiteboard, re-thought for the best online experience.
- https://witkit.com/ Witkit is the secure platform for teams. 50GB of free encrypted data storage.
- http://www.any.do/ Get things done with your team.
- https://asana.com/ Teamwork without email.
- https://free.gotomeeting.com/ Online meetings without the hassle.
Now – let’s get to work 🚀