This page contains tools and resources to help you enhance your liberty through entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship Tools and Resources
While all tools and resources useful in entrepreneurship are liberty enhancing because entrepreneurship is liberty enhancing of itself, these listed here are those which specifically enhance entrepreneurs liberty or provide great alternatives to liberty hostile employment conditions.
collaborative/sharing economy tools
Collaborative economy platforms are counter socio-economic tools whereby consumers rent or buy from their peers rather than from the government or a company. We know these as services and start-ups which enable peer to peer exchanges through technologies such as Uber or Airbnb. These business models have been argued to be resistant to both recession and the loss of jobs to automation and technology. It is predicted that the industry will be able to create upwards of 100 million micro-entrepreneurs. These platforms provides for the optimization of resources through redistribution, sharing and reuse of excess goods and services across various aspects of social and economic life. Sharing economy technologies and services are part of an economic revolution that is quietly turning millions of people into part time entrepreneurs, decentralizing bureaucratic hierarchies, and disrupting old notions about consumption and ownership.
Examples include swapping, exchanging, collective purchasing, collaborative consumption, shared ownership, shared value, co-operatives, co-creation, recycling, upcycling, re-distribution, trading used goods, renting, borrowing, lending, subscription based models, peer-to-peer, collaborative economy, circular economy, pay-as-you-use economy, wikinomics, peer-to-peer lending, micro financing, micro-entrepreneurship, social media, the Mesh, social enterprise, futurology, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, cradle-to-cradle, open source, open data, user generated content (UGC).
Airbnb has revolutionized and decentralized the hotel and lodging industry. Airbnb is a community marketplace for finding cozy and affordable lodging and and/or to renting out your space or extra space online or via the mobile application and generating income.
LiquidSpace is the Airbnb of office space. It transforms the entire commercial real estate process with a simple online platform for finding and renting office space, without the cost and complexities of traditional leasing. Get office space with a click. No lease. Pay by the month, day, or even hour.
Justpark is a platform that lets you browse, book and pay for a parking space from anyone who has a parking space to spare, whether in a car park, private driveway, church, school, or bar. This way, you get parking options, local community members get to make extra cash and the money goes back into the local economy and not to the state.
Yeloha is 'airbnb meets solar power.' Yeloha connects people who want to go solar with people who have sunny roof space. It lets you save your money, support your local economy, and help the planet; opening solar to everyone. Use Frontier Liberty's referral code "FRONTIER" to get $20 off your first panel.
Lyft is a peer-to-peer ride-sharing app. that connects passengers who need a ride with drivers who have a car. Lyft and Uber have decentralized and revolutionized the transportation industry, except Lyft isnt partnering with Google and spending billions to find a way to replace human drivers with Google Cars. Want a $20 credit towards your first ride, use referral code: NICK950951. For drivers, here is a referral code for a $500 startup bonus: PBXF6Z.
Roadie is Uber for shipping, decentralizing the postal and shipping industry and empowering individuals with another opportunity for micro-entrepreneurship. Roadie is a mobile app for peer-to-peer shipping which they call "friend-shipping." It allows drivers to make extra cash transporting packages on the way to their destinations and shippers to use their neighbors to ship and receive better rates.
RelayRides is a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace. It allows people to find a car to rent and private car-owners to rent out their vehicles via an online interface. Car owners can set their own prices. The company takes 25%. RelayRides is the Airbnb of car rentals.
P2P for Home Cooked Meals
p2p task outsourcing/freelancing
Streetbank is a platform for people to share with their neighbors and create stronger local community. Accounts are free. User will receive emails from other users living nearby and can offer items for free or to lend, or offer skills. Members can also make requests and provide information ("notices"). User can choose the size of their "neighborhood" and can opt to receive messages from other users living within one, five or ten miles.
Thumbtack is Angieslist meets Freelancer. Thumbtack gets you a quote from pre-selected pros in your area within hours. It facilitates the transaction and whole process of getting work done.
Instacart is an Internet-based grocery delivery service that offers same day or even one hour delivery. Instacart connects and empowers people unable or without time to go grocery shopping and micro-entrepreneurs with another income stream.
TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that allows users to outsource small jobs and tasks to others in their neighborhood. Users name the task they need done and the price they are willing to pay, and a network of pre-approved contractors bid to complete the job.
Freelancer is an online marketplace where entrepreneurs and freelancers are able to find each other. The site allows you to post work you need done and then receive quotes. For all the services and assignments that can be done remotely, this is a resource where virtually anyone can create their own business and get help with personal or business projects.
Fiverr is a global online marketplace for outsourcing small tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed. Freelancers offer services world wide through this website. Currently, Fiverr lists more than three million services on the site that range between $5 and $500.
Crowd Funding & p2p micro-financing
As opposed to traditional avenues of investment, which typically include borrowing at interest or collateral large amounts from small wealthy groups of individuals, Crowd Funding is “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.” Crowd funding platforms are very useful in funding ventures traditional financial institutions are not likely to support because of emphasis on social or environmental good over economic returns or other reasons. "Mozart, Beethoven, Whitman, Twain, and other artists funded works in similar ways — not just with help from large patrons, but by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers. In return for their support, these subscribers might have received an early copy or special edition of the work." Most are donation based which do not need to be paid back. According to the supreme court, gifts given out of “detached and disinterested generosity” for personal reasons and without the expectation of getting something in return., may be excluded from taxable income. Read more on taxes here). There are also a number of resources for optimizing your campaign, pr, previous campaign and market analysis, etc... that can help make campaigns successful. Crowd funding can also be microfinancing loans.
Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform based in the United States. Campaigns are all or nothing, meaning that if you don’t make your goal, you don’t receive any funding. While it is the largest and most successful crowd funding platform, it cannot be used to fund all entrepreneurial ventures.. Kickstarter exclusively is for funding "creative projects" with the stated mission to "help bring creative projects to life."
Indiegogo is a crowd funding platform that is more a small business friendly and open to non-artistic ventures. While slightly smaller, Indiegogo allows you to keep the funds you do raise even if you don’t reach your goal., as well as have teams working on your campaign.
Created by an entrepreneur for entrepreneurs to have more successful croudfunding campaigns, Krowdster provides data analytics from 500,000+ campaigns across from Indiegogo, Kickstarter, RocketHub, Pozible, and Tubestart. Optimizes campaign page and rewards setup based on metrics so ventures are not a crapshoot. They also promote your campaign to 300,000+ crowdfunding supporters.
Kiva Zip is a non-profit organization that offers microfinance loans to U.S. small business owners. Kiva Zip loans don't require a credit score or collateral, but rely on social underwriting as a source of creditworthiness. This means that in order to fundraise on their website, you need to invite your friends and family to show their support by making a loan (as little as $25) to you. Kiva Zip loans are at 0% interest and go up to $10,000.
This is a liberty tool because as far as lending goes, it enables entrepreneurs to finance ventures that large lending institutions might not support and does not engage in usury.
Liberty Friendly Website Tools
Entrepreneurship in the 21st century usually means having a website. Having a website means buying a domain name from a domain name server and finding a web host for your website. What does this have to do with liberty? Different domains as well as web hosts are subject to different jurisdictions depending on their headquarters. This means depending on where your website's name and host is, regulation can enhance or threaten your liberty. For example, .com and .net are considered under US jurisdiction and can be seized upon issuing a court order. Also, web hosts based in the US can be forced to turn over records based on US policy. Whereas a site hosted in Iceland or Switzerland might be protected by much stronger privacy laws, enhance liberty and protect free speech.
Orange Website is a Web Host and Domain Name Server based in Iceland which is outside of the US and EU jurisdiction. Their service was specifically designed to "provide everyone in the world an equal opportunity to publish their words freely without being harassed or censored" and is "for people who are concerned about security and privacy matters." They have one click install for wordpress, accept bitcoin and keep info confidential.
Unseen is a Webhost and Domain Name Server created by the creators of Beforeitsnews.com in response to revelations about censorship and NSA monitoring of personal data. It began in the US and quickly moved it's servers and headquarters to Iceland for to offer greater privacy protection.They keep your information confidential and are about a 2 click install for WordPress,
Liberty.me is the global liberty community made up of freedom loving people from around the world. Members get their own blog, hundreds of books, useful guides, live events, our iPhone & Android app, and the opportunity to network with thousands of people all about freedom. You can list your organization, solicit employment positions, and list your products and services to the community. Liberty.me is ad-free and 100% community funded. Join for only $5/month -- the first month is free. Use promo code FRONTIER for 10% off all subscriptions.
When entrepreneurs enter the launch phase of their startup, many are confronted with marketing strategies that involve shady practices and are destructive to privacy and liberty. The least invasive way to promote a business is to simply make oneself visible in the places where people would go to look for your good or service. Startuplister manually submits your startup to directories, review sites, & industry blogs to assist in the generation of traffic and exposure. No buying or stealing emails and phone numbers.
DIY Legal tools
Liberty can be greatly effected by the business structure one selects as well as which services, products or information a business provides. Here are some tools and resources that can help entrepreneurs protect their liberty from being jeopardized through business.
LawDepot is a platform where entrepreneurs can prepare and customize legal documents as well as get help choosing a business structure and incorporating (if necessary) at a fraction of the cost of visiting an attorney. This service will help to protect entrepreneurs and their business from lawsuit or wrongful pursuit via our legal system.
Docracy is the home of crowd-sourced legal documents, with free e-signing. This is an interface where lawyers and laypersons upload, improve upon and download contracts and other legal documents, socially curated by the community.
Alternative Payment Processing
When making financial transactions over the internet privacy is almost non existent. This prevents many potential customers with legitimate privacy and liberty concerns from having access to virtually all products and services which are available through the internet. There have been some recent developments that enable online companies to reach the growing number of people with these values.
Coinbase is a bitcoin payment processor. It allows online companies to accept Bitcoin, a currency that is not as hostile to liberty as Federal Reserve Notes.
Openbucks is a gift card-based payment network allowing people to pay for goods and services using retailers’ gift cards. Openbucks allows retailers and merchants to sell goods and services to customers without requiring them to obtain and use a credit card or a bank account opening up the customerbase to include people unbanked and the liberty/privacy-sensitive crowd into the online shopping space.
Paygarden is an alternative payment system that helps protect identity and consumer privacy. Instead of using credit cards, online companies can now accept other companies gift cards without requiring consumers to compromise any data about who they are. Their identity is never linked with their purchase. An A+ rating on the liberty Index and an excellent way for entrepreneurs to raise the liberty index in their company and access a growing and untapped market with those values.