Today Anant is bringing you some of the best content on the web related to what freelancers and DIY startups use to get going, and get off the ground. We’ve got infographics, advice from LessWrong, and a POS tool called Square that Starbucks just signed a huge deal with. Can you use it to push your own business into uncharted territory?

1. Most Popular Freelancer Tools InfoGraphic from VentureBeat

Aside from the fact that this is a beautiful infographic, VentureBeat does a great job outlining which tools freelancers use, and some hidden gems that you might not have heard of before. Anant uses a good number of these tools in our own business, including Dropbox, Google Analytics, Gmail, Google Apps, MailChimp, HootSuite, Basecamp, Freshbooks, Prezi, GoToMeeting, Google Alerts, and Balsamiq Mocks. VentureBeat only surveyed 97 entrepreneurs while making this infographic, so it isn’t the most representative sample of entrepreneurs and what tools they use on the market, but it is beautiful, and it may give you some ideas for new tools to implement in your business today.

2. Who Wants to Start an Important Startup? from LessWrong

Beyond these non-profits, I think there is a huge amount of low-hanging fruit for creating businesses that create a lot of good for humanity and make money. For-profit businesses that pay their employees and investors well have the advantage that they can entice very successful and comfortable people away from other jobs that are less beneficial to humanity. Unlike non-profits where people are often trying to scrape by, doing the good of their hearts, people doing for-profits can live easy lives with luxurious self care while improving the world at the same time.

3. Square Debuts Monthly Pricing Option for Small Biz from Tech Crunch

On the heels of announcing a mega-deal with Starbucks,mobile payments processing company Square is announcing another piece of key news—specialized, lower pricing per swipe for small businesses. Basically, Square is going to offer small businesses who make less than $250,000 per year the option of either paying the set 2.75 percent per swipe or one fixed price per month, at $275 per month, with no charge per swipe.

I’ve personally seen small business using Square with iPads in the past to get around large and clunky POS hardware. Most notably, in the MacArthur Blvd. Farmer’s market behind Georgetown in Washington, DC, to allow people to pay for fresh produce with their credit cards. This is an awesome opportunity for small businesses everywhere to get innovative with their POS, and even begin charging customers while they stand in line to reduce their wait time. Are you a small business that can use Square to accept credit cards? If so – definitely go and read this article, and consider getting your own square over at Square.

So that’s it from Anant for the Worthy Web today! Are you looking for help right now with strategy to push your own business through the startup phase? If so, drop us a note here and let’s chat! We specialize in helping small business leverage the power of the internet to scale their business from an early stage.


Question of the Day

What tools and resources do you use to run your own small business?