Coupon Resources with Entrepreneurs in Mind
You are likely an entrepreneur because you like money. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The only problem? When you’re first starting out, you are likely scraping pennies together to keep your business going.
But there are ways to help you cut costs when you are first starting out. If you have a website, for example, you can save 80-90% off your domain name (your website’s address), website hosting and e-commerce software if you use the always excellent E-festival.
Coupons For Your Startup’s Website:
For Domain Registrars, there are thousands of options: GoDaddy, Name.com, Namecheap, and almost every major web host (i.e. Dreamhost, Hostgator). Which one should you choose? Well…it really doesn’t matter. You can register your domain with one company, and then host your website somewhere else. All these domain registrars do is register your domain with iCANN. You can’t do it yourself, since only licensed domain registrars can do it.
The one domain registrar we tend to go with is GoDaddy. Here’s why: while you can get coupon codes from any domain registrar for the first year, GoDaddy is the only one we know of that will offer renewal promo codes for future years. There’s one promo code I know of that will give you a 1.99 .COM domain.
For international entrepreneurs, you don’t need to register with a specifically U.S.-based domain registrars like Hostpapa or Greengeeks. However if you want to register a .US domain name, you need to supply an American mailing address. This is done to protect .US domain names from being bought up by foreign companies/individuals.
For website hosting, you can stick with Godaddy, or go with other hosting-centric companies like Dreamhost, Bluehost, or Hostgator. Personally, we have tried and liked Fatcow, Dreamhost, and Godaddy for our personal websites.
If you have a website, you have probably come across the money pit that is stock photography. Stock photos are nice and dress up your website, but boy are they expensive. Even the ‘microstock‘ photo companies charge you an arm and a leg to use their photos. You can save quite a bit of money by using royalty free stock photos here. There are also coupons available to take the sting out of it as well.
More Deal Websites:
Startup.Deals – As we mentioned in our list of the best resources for entrepreneurs, Startup Deals might be the only website you need. The website curates deals for services that startups and (more specifically) entrepreneurs will find useful.
There are services for creating landing pages (i.e. Typeform), as well as discounts on signing up with Shopify, as well as percentages off services like Atomic, Intercom, Invision, and more. This really is a one-stop shop if you’re looking to keep costs down on your startup.
Userlike.com – While Livechat is a software companies that makes live chat software. But they did compile a very useful list of discounts that startup companies can use to save thousands on services….including Livechat’s own software.
NewEgg Business – Newegg has a B2B (that’s business-to-business) department that focuses on business solutions. Basically, that means you can order multiple workstations and other necessary equipment from them for less. In addition to small businesses (that is, businesses numbering 1 to 500 employees), they also provide solutions to healthcare, large businesses, and school systems.
Save Money By Raising Money:
If you want to take on investors, that’s one way to decrease your overall costs. Here are sites where you can take on investors: from massive angel investing to micro-investing.
Angellist: – This is the big angel-investing site where most tech companies seek out early investors for their products.
Seedrs.com – This is a micro-investing site where people that believe in your product can invest as little as $10.
Kickstarter.com – Instead of giving up equity, Kickstarter gives you a way to raise capital and give something back as a gift: it could be an early version of the product/service, or a gift of appreciation (like a mug with your logo on it). If you are able to make a page that captures people’s attention (and money), this is a great way to raise capital for your business.