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Your Alabama Startup Toolkit: 6 Solid Resources

Startup Tools and Resources

If you want your Alabama business to succeed and grow, finding the right resources is essential. Working with the best resources will help you keep operating costs as low as possible and it also allows you to maximize your money by spending it on far more important aspects of your business.

Gone are the days when creating a website was too difficult and expensive. Welcome to your Alabama startup business toolkit!


1) Business Plan Software

Write a Business PlanWriting a business plan can be a complicated process – it also needs time and a solid guideline. However, if you want to create an accurate and professional business plan quickly, using a business plan software is your best remedy. Below are 2 of our top choices.


If you’re looking for the most comprehensive and easy-to-use business plan software in the market, LivePlan is right for you. It has all the right features to help you make the perfect business plan.

The business plan software only has one plan which is priced at $11.66 every month if you pay annually. For more information, read our LivePlan review or visit to get your 25% off discount.

Business Plan Pro

With over 15 years of service, Business Plan Pro is one of the most experienced business plan softwares in the market. Like LivePlan, Business Plan Pro also offers practical features and services. Business Plan Pro has two editions, the Standard and Premier which are priced at $99.95 and $159.95 respectively.

Read our Business Plan Pro review for complete details or check out


2) Online Incorporation

LLC IncorporationIncorporating your business is essential – undergoing the process, you are protecting your business from legal liabilities and ensuring its continuation.

However, the incorporation process takes time and it can even last longer if you have no knowledge on how it works. To avoid potential errors which may require you to redo the entire process, you can hire an online incorporation provider to take care of all legal paperwork to make your LLC, Corporation, or Nonprofit official. Check out 2 of our top picks!

IncFile | $49

IncFile is the online incorporation provider of choice for many business owners. Aside from its affordable plans which is priced between $49 to $299, it also has the best offerings among all incorporation services. If you need more details you can read our IncFile review or visit

Rocket Lawyer | $99

Rocket Lawyer is an online legal service that assists entrepreneurs like you in incorporating your business. The incorporation provider will take charge of everything for you – from document preparation to filing.

Rocket Lawyer is priced at $99. You can read our Rocket Lawyer review or visit for more information.


3) Build a Business Website

How to Incorporate a Business OnlineAlmost every business in Alabama should to have an accessible website. Now days, that is how customers learn more about what you offer.


Bluehost is a web hosting provider that has been around since 1996. It’s one of the biggest cloud based hosting companies in the world. For just $3.95 every month, you’ll be able to use features which include a WordPress install, Google Integration and 24/7 customer support.

You can read our Bluehost review or visit for more information.


4) Small Business Accounting Software

Manage Your Business FinancesEfficient financial management can do great things for your business. It’s best that you use an accounting software if you have no background knowledge on accounting and bookkeeping.

If you want to keep track of your Alabama small business finances (and taxes) at all times, I highly suggest that you check on these two solid small business accounting softwares.


FreshBooks is one of the most used accounting software on the market with over 5 million subscribers worldwide. Its plans are priced between $8.96 to $35.96 every month if you pay annually. You can use their invoicing, expense tracking and time tracking tools. Read our FreshBooks reviews or visit to sign up for your 30 day free trial – no credit card required.


Xero is another great accounting software and is also affordable with a price range of $6.30 to $49/ month. You can read our Xero review or visit to grab your 30 day free trial.


5) Startup Savant’s Free Resources

At Startup Savant, we work hard to give you the most useful learning resources to assist you when starting a business in Alabama. Start right by taking advantage of all the Alabama startup resources that we’ve prepared especially for you.


6) Alabama Startup Assistance Resources

There are many organizations and free online resources that you can utilize to get your Alabama small business off the ground.

The top 5 resources that we highly suggest you see include the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network, Startup Savant’s Free Alabama Resources, Alabama Small Business Resource Partners, Startup University and Alabama Grants and Incentives. See them here!


Wrapping up and Staying Frugal

Keeping your Alabama startup costs as low as possible will greatly benefit you in the long run. During the initial phase of starting a business, there are two things that you need to pay close attention to – time and resources. In all your undertakings, make sure to use them wisely.

To help you build your business smarter, take advantage of the resources in this Alabama startup toolkit. We’ve used all these resources here at Startup Savant, but these are just suggestions and it will be up to you whether you’ll decide to use them like we did.

At the end of the day, you’ll be the one to decide – trust your gut and go with the best resources that can truly help you. Good luck and stay savvy!


Here’s How We Give Back

DonorsChooseStartup Savant is proud to give back and support children’s education. By partnering with the resources we use and trust in this Alabama business toolkit, we are able to donate a percentage of our revenue through

We truly believe in the value that these resources offer to entrepreneurs, the reason why we highly recommend them.

36,000 students have been given a more enriching education and we would like to help more in the future. Learn more at Our Impact page!

About Liesha Petrovich

Liesha is a small business owner of 20 years, host of Startup Savant, the owner of a karate dojo in Maine, and creator of Work Mobly. During free time she's with her family and working on a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship.