Pushing Pixels #4: Our 10 Best Free Design Tools for Small Business

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If you’re a small business, you know that finding the time and money to invest in your design can seem like an impossible hurdle to marketing success. To help you find that success, we’ve put together our top 10 design tools you can use right away, and best of all, they’re free! Utilize these free design tools for small business to launch, build, or maintain your business and impress your audience with your amazing design skills.

#1- Canva

What can’t you do with Canva? This free tool allows you to create all kinds of graphics quickly and easily. Use their templates or start from scratch and create your own images. You can also create images to use on social media, in your email marketing, and more! If you’re looking for the best free design tools for small business, you can’t go wrong here.

#2- Pablo by Buffer

Pablo is similar in a lot of ways to Canva, but if you’re already using Buffer this will integrate directly with your Buffer account, allowing you to create beautiful social media posts and share them with no saving, downloading, or copy/pasting required.

#3- Pexels

If your budget doesn’t include stock photography (and let’s be honest, no one wants to pay for stock images!), Pexels is your best bet. They have a truly impressive collection of free stock photos all in one place, searchable and browsable by category.

#4- Coolors

If you’re having trouble with a color palette for your brand or website, Coolors is the place to go. It’s so simple to create a palette that will have your brand up and running in no time!

#5- Zembula

It’s a bit of a shameless plug, but Zembula is easy to use, free to trial for 30 days, and lets you create incredible interactive content that entertains and intrigues your audience in minutes. Most suites to create effective interactive content are extremely expensive and require a lot of design skills; not us! We’ve included ourselves here since it’s so easy for small businesses to utilize our platform, no coding experience necessary!

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#6- Find Icons

Icons are one of those strange things that we all use, but no one ever really thinks to mention. Find Icons has a gigantic database of icons up for grabs, allowing you to put the finishing touches on your website, emails, or social posts easily.

#7- Google Fonts

Easily the most readily-available font provider on the internet, Google Fonts has thousands of font packages for free, making it easy to find something a little more personal than Helvetica. This is an absolutely necessary design tool for small business!

#8- Piktochart

With a slick, easy-to-use interface, Piktochart makes this list for their infographics, presentations, and handy option to save for outside printing.

#9- Wix

If you still need to design a website, you’re in luck! Wix makes it super easy to get a website off the ground with very little trouble and no monthly subscription fee for their most basic plan (just a heads up, their basic plan does have their branding on it, so if you want to get rid of their branding you have to pay).

#10- Infogram

We love Infogram because you can use it to make SO MANY THINGS. Reports, charts, social media graphics, and interactive infographics. It’s easy and intuitive, meaning you can create what you need to create and get on with your business as quickly as possible.