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Best Online Resources to Get Early-Stage Entrepreneurs Started

ResourcesDo you feel like you’re always in a constant race against time and trying to cut costs at any chance possible? Well, your life sounds a lot like one of a typical early-stage entrepreneur. Unfortunately, being an entrepreneur is no easy task, but luckily the Internet is oozing with useful, time-saving resources to make your life a bit simplier.  Here are some great resources all young entrepreneurs should know about:

One common issue seen among new entrepreneurs is organization. Fortunately, companies have created cost-efficient platforms:

Organization Tools

  • YouNeedABudget can help you organize your personal and company finances as well as, track your income, expenses, and debt for a small monthly rate.

  • Rapportive is a free Gmail plug-in that shows contact details such as: location, social media links, and past email links of whomever you are emailing. Also with Rapportive you can guess email addresses of strangers and the program will show you the name and picture if you’ve got a match.

Wish you would have taken more classes on entrepreneurship in college? You’re in the same boat as many other startup founders, but that’s why various universities and websites have come out with free online courses you can sign up for and complete from home on your own time frame.

Courses

  • Udacity offers Steve Blank’s free online Intro to the Basics of Customer Development course to help entrepreneurs get started.

  • Coursea is a University of Maryland online course offering, “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship” as a video lectured for anyone who wants to learn how to survive as an entrepreneur.

  • TalkShoe (Entrepreneurship and Business Planning) is a web-based service provided by Carnegie Mellon University that allows individuals to create or participate in online discussions and listen to audio blogs and podcasts.

  • Entrepreneurial Behavior is another web-based program with over 600 courses ranging from introductory to postgraduate classes about entrepreneurialism, supplied by Open University’s Learning Space.

  • Young and Encore Entrepreneur is an online service that offers entrepreneurs access to training videos and information about finance, government contracting and marketing funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Not much of a reader or studier, no worries, download one of this entrepreneurial podcasts to listen to in the car, during your morning run, or when you have a spare minute waiting in line.

Podcasts

  • Seth Godin’s Startup School offers free entrepreneurial audio episodes covering topics about funding, advertising, sponsorship, management, and more.

Like most new entrepreneurs, you’re probably strapped for time, so check out these informative videos whenever you have a moment. The videos are categorized by topic making it easy for you to find the exact one(s) you need.

Video

Once you feel you’ve perfected your product or service you’ll need to create a website exhibiting it and providing detailed information about what benefits it offers a user and/or investor.

Creating Websites

  • Squarespace is a useful visual site builder with creative themes and integrations to incorporate on websites, blogs, or within newsletters.

  • Strikingly allows you to create simple single-page sites for personal, company, or landing pages.

Next time you feel stressed and overloaded with work, remember to check out some of these handy resources, whether it be courses, videos, podcasts, or freelancing sites and you’re sure to find something to help you out.

Leave a comment and let us know which resources have been most helpful for you or if there are others that should be added to the list.

 

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