Between continuing education classes, cutting-edge software, and indispensable tools of the trade, many a successful Product Manager may end up spending hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars to do the job well. While excellent paid tools exist, it’s worth noting that free resources abound. Below we’ve collected some of the most valuable Product Manager resources available at no cost.

For Product Roadmaps

On Roadmaps and Roadmapping

This ebook by Steve Johnson of Under10 Consulting is free to download and contains information on the “why” and “how” of building roadmaps.

Quora

For engaging and highly useful dialogue, Quora is a reliable public forum to visit. The link above will take you to a comprehensive discussion on creating roadmaps.

Brainmates

This Australian company offers several helpful, general tips on understanding product roadmaps.

For Market Research

American FactFinder

Run by the United States Census Bureau, this robust database allows users to conduct location-based searches on a wide variety of demographics.

BizStats

Another searchable database, this website allows users to drill down deeper into business and industry statistics.

Ask Your Target Market

This polling and survey service is free when using an existing recipient list.

For Industry News

These blogs and newsletters are perfect for staying current on the trends shaping your industry.

A Day in the Life of a Product Manager

The Accidental Product Manager

A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

How To Be A Good Product Manager

A Random Jog