The Best Free Resources You Can Find Online
Learn | Travel | Change Your Career | Manage Your Finances | Start A Business
Money is often the excuse to not start something new in your life. Let’s change that.
All of these are here specifically because they are free. Empower yourself to change.
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Startupclass: For every entrepreneur who is looking to start a business, this information is too good to pass up. Start Up Class is a lecture series put on by Stanford and hosted by Sam Altman, the CEO of Y-Combinator. Y -Combinator is the premier start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley, so you know that anything put on by them will be invaluable.
This link takes you to Sam Altman’s blog with links to all of the videos from the Stanford class. You definitively don’t want to miss out on these, as every lecture is by a successful entrepreneur.
Make Money From Home Lions Club: This is for the person who has always wanted to learn to make a website with WordPress and get into the niche website business. I personally began learning from Mike, who is the owner of Make Money From Home Lions Club. He has a completely free video series teaching people how to self host their own WordPress site and research sites to make.
Weebly: I wanted to add Weebly as well. If you want to make a website for completely free and with literally no effort, you can sign up for an account and use their drag and drop features. The Lions Club Link above will teach you how to get a WordPress site set up, but Weebly’s platform is so easy you will have a great looking website done in a day.
Indeed: Indeed is one of the largest hosts of jobs that I have found. You can search by city, salary range, and many more options while looking for the perfect job for you. You can apply to literally hundreds of jobs a day from this website, all for free.
If you really want to spruce up your application process, you should make a LinkedIn account and search for people who work at the companies you are applying for. When you find someone, reach out to them and start a conversation. You never know when finding an in to your dream job will end up getting you a job.
Maqtoob: Maqtoob is the holy grail of business resources. They have over 1000 business tools on their site, some being free and some being paid. You can use their platform to browse what you are looking for, whether it be accounting, blogging, or design work.
Google Docs: You have probably heard of Google Docs, but have you tried using it? Whether you are in school and needing to collaborate with classmates, or you run a business that has employees across the globe, Google Docs is a free resource that you can use to work together anywhere.
SCORE: SCORE stands for Service Core of Retired Executives. This is a 100% free mentor-ship program for entrepreneurs and business owners. If you are starting a company, thinking about starting a company, or already have a business, SCORE is a great place to begin. If you go to their website and contact them, they will connect you with someone in your city whom will take on a mentor role in your business.
SBDC: SBDC stand for Small Business Development Center. This is a service very similar to SCORE that is ran by the government. You can get anything from business advice, financial assistance, and help preparing your business plan and business loan application.
TED: TED stands for Technology, Engineering and Design. If you haven’t discovered TED before, they are the premier idea and cause sharing platform. They have a daily talk on their website that showcases a wide array of new and innovative ideas and technologies.
This is a great place to spend 10 minutes a day. You will be kept up to date with cutting edge technology from some of the worlds smartest minds and you will learn how to do so many new things. TED is a great example of what the internet should be used for.
Khanacademy: Khan Academy might be the best resource available for getting an education. They have an entire K-12 series of lectures, lessons on mortgages, taxes and investments, college level courses and test prep. Khan Academy has the potential to provide the entire world a rock solid education.
Codeacademy: The software version of Khan Academy. You can learn to write code in many languages for completely free. What else is there to say?
Duolingo: Duolingo lets you currently learn nine different languages for free. It is a very interactive program that you can use either on your desktop or your mobile device. This has been shown to work better than Rosetta Stone, for 0% of the cost. If you have ever wanted to learn a language, this is how you do it.
Coursera: This site has thousands of courses you can take for free. Explore and have fun while you challenge yourself to learn something new. There is a lot to learn here that goes beyond what is taught in the classroom
Class Central – Discover free online classes from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc. Similar to EDX.
EDX – Free courses from the best universities, you can even get a diploma for a few dollars at the site. Similar to Class Central.
Creative Live – Unleash your creative potential and become inspired with access to workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music and software training. Their motto, “Learn, be inspired.”
Mint: Tracks your net worth, creates budgets, and manages your finances. This free software is vital in helping you to take charge of your finances. It is extremely nice to be able to see all of your assets and liabilities in one place. I use it to keep track of my own finances and I think that everyone should give it a try. You might surprise yourself when you see where all of your money goes each month.
Robinhood: An awesome service for you to get into stock trading. Robinhood is a commission free broker. Yes you heard that right. They charge $0 for every trade, so you can be a big time day trader without paying any large fees. There is a catch though. Right now they only are on the iPhone and the service is invite only. There is a waiting list of over 300,000 people too.
Digit: Digit is a new service that is just launching. Digit will automatically help you save money by taking it out of your account and placing it in a separate savings account. It analyzes your spending habits and income and only moves money if you can afford it. I heard about them from Budgets Are Sexy and you can currently sign up for the service through that site.
My Money: This is a site ran by the federal government that helps to educate people about saving, spending and investing. If you are new to managing you money it could be worth it to spend some time there.
Wave: Wave is a very cool product. They are a free accounting and invoicing system for small businesses. If you are looking for a way to stay on top of your companies finances for cheap, this is a very good find.
Couch Surfing: A great way to travel for free. After registering on their site, you can stay with people from all over the world and experience new cultures, locations, and places.
If you are looking to travel on a budget or want to experience traveling in a new light, Couch Surfing is a very cool service. You can also register to host in your own country to provide an opportunity for people to stay with you as they travel.
WWOOF: WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Here you can trade your time by helping organic farmers in exchange for a free place to stay and food. This is a very unique way to travel and experience the world.
Hostel World: An online search to find hostels across the globe. You can stay at a Hostel for anywhere from $10 to $40 a night, so these are a cheaper alternative than hotels.
ESL Teacher: This isn’t exactly a way travel for free, but becoming an English teacher is a very in demand way to travel the world. Many countries pay very well to have native English speakers teach English as a second language to students.
Peace Corps: A tried and tested method, joining the peace corps is a great way to travel for free. Not to mention, you would be helping to spread some good in the world.
Good Rx This service could likely save you a LOT of money on your prescriptions. They search all pharmacies in the US for the cheapts deal and are able to give you coupons to save cash. Many people can save up to 80% and 90% on their typical prescriptions.
7 Cups of Tea – Free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners. If you need to talk to someone, they have that person that will listen. You never know when you just need to vent.
Blah Therapy – This is like 7 cups of tea. A free online listening service that will provide you with someone to talk to. “Experience the rewards of venting to a stranger or lending an ear.”
MoodGYM – Learn cognitive behavior therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression. You can take courses to help manage depression and learn how to help others with it.
My Fitness Pal: A free calorie counter that you can use to manage what you eat and stay on top of your health.
Project Gutenberg – A massive list of over 45,000 free books for you to download or read.
OpenLibrary – A place to download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books, and read to your hearts content.
8 Tracks – A playlist service with playlists created by users. 8tracks is internet radio created by people, not algorithms. Everything that you listen to has a human aspect to it. 8tracks is the only internet radio service that I use.
Documentary Heaven: A massive list of free documentaries. You could spend a lot of your free time here.