Daily-deal sites are not just for people interested in restaurants, gifts or spa services. Small business owners can also find discounts through these retailers.
Here are a few sites that offer exclusive bargains for your home office or entrepreneurial efforts.
If saving up to 90 percent on a hot Web app is your thing, then Startups.com may be for you. Each deal is tested before it’s advertised, and there are quite a variety of offerings.
Past deals include apps for increasing Twitter followers, organizing tips for your cloud-based documentation, professional translating tools and Web-based hosting. Startups.com offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for all purchases, as well as a $10 refer-a-friend program.
If you’re looking for more tangible savings, BizDeals.com can help. Leveraging the power of group discounting, the site offers significant savings on items like telephones, video cameras and trade-show printing services.
Most of the deals seem to be service-based (Web design, for example), but there but are deals here that aren’t posted elsewhere. Usually only two deals are running on this site.
Of course, we recommend you do some research before committing to a purchase on any deal site. Some of the bargains we found here were widely available to anyone and weren’t always the best price.
The new love of my life is AppSumo, a highly addictive shopping site. It features a range of goods from e-books to virtual seminars to design services.
Perhaps the most valuable deals here are those designed to educate. Techies will love the tutorials to beef up programming skills or improve social media strategy. You don’t have to be a hard-core IT buff to enjoy the deals, however. Some of the most popular bargains would be useful to anyone. A recent deal involved a deep discount on test-prep software for the SAT, ACT, GRE and more.
AppSumo has a 100 percent money-back guarantee and gives $10 credit for each referred sale.
When your budget shrinks, but you need some traditional marketing and promotional services to fulfill your business plan, GroupPrice may be able to help. This site offers quite a few deals at a time, in a wide range of offerings.
Some of the more notable deals include items that mid-sized businesses would likely buy anyway: automated calling services, remote staffing and even online video spokespeople. If you’re still in the homegrown stages, you may find the venture-capital-pitch review or stock-video-footage services more to your liking.
Looking for a decent price on a laptop, printer or full-color ad in a major magazine? RapidBuyr strives to provide high-end goods and services to business owners by offering competitive deals.
Like other deal sites, RapidBuyr offers a credit equal to the unused portion of a deal you purchase but are unable to redeem. Most deals run from one to five days (unless they sell out).
One handy feature of the site is an embedded price-comparison chart that shows major competitors’ pricing and what they call “street pricing.” Our own searches found that they were, indeed, at least 10 percent lower than all outlets on the deals that were active at the time.
Deal shopping with caution
Finding more deal sites can be exciting but dangerous (especially if you like to shop). If you are a small business owner or purchasing manager, however, these sites may help you stretch that buck in some hard economic times.
Have you used a business-deal site? Is there one you love that we missed?
Linsey Knerl is a senior writer at Wise Bread, a leading personal-finance community dedicated to helping people get the most out of their money. Get daily money tips by following Wise Bread on Facebook or Twitter.