As states across the U.S. start to reopen, many small businesses are anxiously trying to plan their futures. To ensure they stay open through uncertainty, they’ve cut back spending in areas like travel and office expenses.
But research from GetApp shows they’re not spending less on software. By contrast, when we polled more than 5,500 of our website’s users this spring, 54% said they either planned to keep their software spending flat or increase it. They know that if they want to keep operating, they’ll need the right tech tools to make it happen. And vendors know it, too.
Several software vendors have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by offering even more services. These range from free access to enterprise plans and interactive dashboards to free website domains and access to tools that can host large, live events.
To aid your business' software search, we’ve collected 15 software vendors offering free plans, trials, services, and more. Tools are listed alphabetically.
1Password Business plan is free for the first six months.
Product features include group management, custom reports, and two-factor authentication.
Free, global access to the Video Meetings plan.
New features include cloud storage to record meetings, no restrictions on meetings or meeting duration, and real-time closed captioning/transcription.
Entire product suite is free for teams of up to 10.
Box business plan is free for 90 days.
Features include data loss prevention, user groups, and unlimited storage.
Launched an interactive dashboard to track COVID-19 data.
Business leaders can filter to find local information, which helps scenario planning.
Offering its Websites + Marketing and Marketing Tools plans for free.
Marketing Tools is free for three months; Websites + Marketing is free indefinitely.
Business Continuity Bundle is free for organizations through July 6.
Features include the News Hub to share team announcements and a leadership corner to discuss private updates.
Its AnyMeeting Pro plan is free for all new users through the end of 2020.
Each account includes one free Webinar Pro license to host live events for up to 200 attendees.
Small businesses get free custom domains for up to 5 years if they sign up through May 31.
Plan includes free domain parking and registration, plus multichannel marketing.
Launched Okta for Emergency Remote Work, which is free to all new customers for six months.
Bundles Okta’s core services, including single sign-on, multifactor authentication (MFA), and remote work guides, and customer support.
New customers get six months of free single sign-on and multifactor authentication (MFA).
Current customers of its PingFederate product can get six months of free MFA.
Healthcare organizations get 20 free licenses for up to six months.
Includes practices in medicine, mental health, wellness, and medical devices.
Free access to its social media toolkit.
Built a data resource hub that’s free for all to access.
Businesses can add their own data to predict the pandemic's unique impact on their work.
Teachers are eligible for a free, one-year subscription to Trello Business Class.
Features include calendar and due date commands, custom card buttons, and integration with over 100 apps.