Consumer-focused daily deals sites have lost a lot of steam since the heady days of Groupon’s $6 billion buyout offer from Google. (While the company is finally rebounding from its slump, it’s not likely to see such great heights again.) However, group-buying sites can still offer considerable value to entrepreneurs who harness their collective buying power to score deals on business supplies and services.
Here are five small-business-focused deal and discount sites worth taking a look at next time you need to make a purchase.
- Rewardli (pictured) – This site harnesses group purchasing power to offer special deals and promotions on popular business services, such as search-engine optimization from Moz, graphic design from 99designs, and advertising credit from Twitter. You can also make it known that you’d like to see offers from other service providers. For example, Dropbox has received more than 1,200 votes for an offer, so hopefully the company will take the hint.
- GroupPrice – Like Rewardli, GroupPrice focuses on nationally available discounts for business owners. Product and service discounts range from 25 to 70 percent and include services such as a proposal-generating tool, press-release services, and an instant e-commerce platform. With a $9-a-month VIP membership, you can save an additional 7 percent on each deal.
- AppSumo — Billed as “the store for entrepreneurs,” AppSumo provides free and discounted access to digital files (e-books, apps, email templates, video tutorials, and more) aimed at small-business owners. Recent offerings include access to 60 e-books from Smashing Magazine for $49 and a free productivity checklist.
- OrderWithMe — This site serves as a purchasing network for retailers, allowing them to access better pricing by banding together with other merchants to buy wholesale items in bulk. The site is free to use, and offers access to wholesale products across a wide range of industries, from furniture to pet supplies.
- BuyerHive — This online marketplace offers business owners the chance to score goods and services at low prices from more than 300 suppliers, including major companies like Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples. The site offers a tiered pricing plan: Basic members pay $100 for access to a year’s worth of discounts; pro members pay $200 a year for discounts plus cash-back rebates on some purchases; and premium members pay $450 a year for discounts and double cash-back rebates.