30 Awesome Freebies for Graphic Designers, Marketers and Small Businesses

December 23, 2013

If you’re a graphic designer, marketer or a small business owner, you can always use outstanding freebies to help speed design time, market your products and services, or grow your small business. Whether you’re creating a new brochure design, printing postcards for direct-mail marketing, or planning the next stage of your business, freebies can help you get there faster, easier and smarter. Below, I’ve listed 30 of the web’s best places to get freebies for graphic designers, marketers and small businesses. Enjoy!

Freebies for Graphic Designers

1.  Pixelentity

This site is heavy on free PSDs you can use as foundations for your own designs, especially web designs.

2.  Font Squirrel

Unlike many other free font websites, Font Squirrel strives to list only the most attractive fonts that are free for commercial use.

3.  Instant Shift

This blog lists graphic design freebies for a variety of applications: mobile, web and print.

A postcard layout guideline is one of more than 150 different guidelines PsPrint has available for download for free. A postcard layout guideline is one of more than 150 different guidelines PsPrint has available for download for free.

4.  PsPrint Free Printing Product Templates

These free printing templates do not include design elements; rather, they’re press-ready blank templates that are prepared in the proper size and resolution, and feature markers for save areas, cut lines, and bleed lines for the most popular printing products.

5.  Creative Overflow

From icons to WordPress themes to fonts, Creative Overflow features tons of graphic design freebies and is regularly updated with new freebies.

6.  Smashing Magazine

The site isn’t dedicated exclusively to graphic design freebies, but it features them often – and they’re always premium.

7.  Premium Pixels

Another great resource for tons of free PSDs you can use in your own designs.

8.  Freebbble and Psddd

Dribbble is an awesome resource for design inspiration and graphic design freebies, but wading through all the designs to find the best freebies can be a chore. Freebble and Psddd solve that problem by featuring only Dribbble freebies.

9.  Pixeden

Not everything here is free (though memberships start at just $6/month), but Pixeden lists a lot of exclusive freebies you won’t find anywhere else, including print freebies such as business card templates.

10.  Photoshop Lady

Become a more talented graphic designer with the free Photoshop tutorials listed on Photoshop Lady.

Freebies for Marketers

1.  Hubspot

Hubspot is a paid service, but the site also presents useful marketing data for inbound marketing on its free resources page.

2.  MapStats

Instant and free demographic profiles for any state, county, or city in the U.S.!

3.  SurveyMonkey

The easy and free way to conduct surveys online – though free plans are limited to 10 questions and 100 responses, you can still glean good data from them.

Vertical Response offers a ton of free marketing resources on their website. Vertical Response offers a ton of free marketing resources on their website.

4.  Vertical Response Free Marketing Resources

Free resources include free marketing guides and webinars.

5.  PsPrint Free Small Business Marketing Plans

Focused on print marketing, presents free marketing plans for dozens of specific business types.

6.  MarketingSherpa Free Marketing Reports

Free reports that cover marketing data related to website organization, email marketing, mobile marketing, and more.

7.  Marketing Experiments Blog

The linked post in particular offers free marketing resources such as a value proposition template and A/B split testing template.

8.  Exact Target Resource Center

Highlights include free marketing tools, tips, and trends.

9.  Marketo

Focused on content marketing, includes free guides for email marketing and marketing automation.

10.  Ubersuggest

This free tool lets you type in a search term to see what the most common Google search engine autofill suggestions are for it in any country.

Freebies for Small Business

1.  Money Smart for Small Business

Money Smart is a free curriculum jointly developed by the FDIC and SBA designed to teach small businesses how to start and operate a successful small business. The CD features 10 modules and is available for online purchase. It’s designed to be an instructor-led course, but you don’t need to have an instructor to take it on your own.

2.   Open Forum

American Express created this popular social network of business owners who share advice with their peers. Membership is free; the advice is priceless.

3.  IBM SME Toolkit

IBM developed this free small business resource center, which features a video learning series and coverage of many relevant small business topics.

4.  Producteev

A free, simple, yet incredibly powerful team and task management tool. Perfect for small business planning and delegation!


5.  Google for Entrepreneurs

AdWords isn’t the only Google offering for small business; in fact, you can take advantage of a slew of free Google tools designed exclusively for entrepreneurs.

6.  Forbes Small Business Toolkit

I love this free toolkit from Forbes because it features innovative small business resources such as The Entrepreneur’s Clinic, full of problem-solving videos.

7.  Entrepreneur Magazine Small Business Resource Center

Features critical how-to guides for starting, operating, and growing small businesses.

8. National Business Information Clearinghouse

Offers free tools for market research, management, money, and technology.

9.  StartupNation

One of the most exciting small business startup and growth websites today, StartupNation features insightful articles and resources any small business can use.

10.  SCORE

One of my absolute favorite small business resources, SCORE offers planning information and templates, plus a unique feature: free small business mentoring.

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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