Best free (and almost free) resources for tech startups

I know it is not an easy task to start a company, ever. However, it is not impossible either, specially if you are trying to get a tech startup off the ground. You see, tech startups have the advantage to start companies without the need of retail space, inventory, employees or a real office, at least not in the beginning.

If yours is a tech startup, then there are a large number of resources available to you, these resources are high quality services and products and many of them are offered free or at very affordable prices. These resources can be anything from books, software, communication tools, hosting, mentoring, office space, etc…

It almost seems some times that all you really need to start your own company these days is just passion and consistency, it also helps (a lot!) not being a realistic person, because being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity. That is one of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite actors Will Smith. I mean, what person with a realistic mind would even dream of starting a company, right?

If you are one of these unrealistic people starting tech companies, and if you are bootstrapping your startup, the following tools and resources are essential to you. I know that many of you are aware of most of these resources, but there is always someone somewhere who has been under a rock and it is not aware of these great tools.

I have been wanting to write this post since I commented here suggesting some of these resources, and many others were suggested by other great members of the Answers.OnStartups.com community – thanks!

Books

Blogs

Software

Free images

Programs

Podcasts

Advice / Mentoring

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