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Websites That Successful Entrepreneurs Should Always Visit

Websites That Successful Entrepreneurs Should Always Visit

There’s a lot to learn when you’re an entrepreneur who is getting your business off the ground. Fortunately, there’s a breadth of websites available to provide useful insights on the various aspects of starting, running, and growing a business. Here are a few in particular that all entrepreneurs should bookmark:

Quora

Quora

    As you run your business, you’re bound to have a host of questions that Google just can’t answer. That’s where Quora comes in. Here you can ask your questions to a community of experts and engage in a dialogue. You’ll see the full names and backgrounds of respondents, so you aren’t left guessing about the credibility of those providing answers. If you’re still in the research phase, Quora has an extensive archive you could peruse. You may discover your potential client-base is asking about the problem you’re about to solve with your business, so you’ll gain customer insights by reading their comments.

    Lynda

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    Lynda

      As you get your business up and running, you’ll probably be taking on a lot of different roles, from putting together pitches for potential clients to writing web content. You likely aren’t well versed in every avenue of running a business, and until you are more established and can build out your team, you can rely on Lynda to help. For a small monthly fee, you can take short courses on an array of business topics, like Understanding Copyright and Excel for Beginners.

      Reddit: Startups

      reddit startups

        For entrepreneurs used to the well-meaning encouragement of friends and family, the bluntness Redditors are known for can be a breath of fresh air. The Startups subreddit is a great place to communicate informally with fellow entrepreneurs, sharing advice and ideas. Use this as a research tool for what people are saying about the industry you’re looking to break into and, once you’re up and running, a place to get insight on possible new products or services. Just make sure you aren’t oversharing your ideas so they get picked up by someone else.

        Internet Speed Assessment Tool

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        HSI speed tool

          It’s rare to have a business now that doesn’t have an online presence. To maintain your site, as well as do any work online, you need to make sure your business has the right amount of Internet speed. HighSpeedInternet provides a valuable interactive tool for finding out exactly how much speed you need with a few short questions about your team’s Internet usage habits. This is a great tool to come back to every few months. By using it, you may find your sluggish connection could use an upgrade or that you’re paying too much for a premium service you don’t really need.

          Startup Lawyer

          startup lawyer

            Unless you went to law school, the legalities of running a business may be something you aren’t too familiar with. Startup Lawyer, written by attorney Ryan Roberts, can help. Posts here focus mainly on legal issues, but occasionally cover other areas of interest to startups, like keeping controlling investors at bay and the importance of buying a good scanner.

            For Entrepreneurs

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            for ent

              You’ve come up with the great idea for your business, but now what? Turn to For Entrepreneurs. You’ll find information on every step of the process, from getting funding to turning your startup into a successful enterprise. David Skok, the author of the blog, calls himself a “five time serial entrepreneur” so who better to learn from than someone who has already done what you’re doing–five times, no less.

              ProBlogger

              problogger

                Publishing blog articles is an effective way to engage with your digital customers and drum up interest in your business. ProBlogger offers advice on how to maintain your company blog without wasting valuable time. Founder Darren Rowse offers insight on how to come up with topics for your blog, draw in readers, keep them engaged, and, ultimately, monetize the work that you do.

                Bplans

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                bplans

                  If you’re just starting out with your business idea, you’ve probably heard about how important developing a well-researched business plan is. Putting something like this together can be daunting, but Bplans can help. This site offers a range of resources to help you conceptualize, write, and format your business plan. You can look at examples from various industries for inspiration and find advice on business planning and strategy from Tim Berry, the founder of Bplan.

                  No matter what stage you’re in with your business, the web is a great resource for helping your business flourish. By using the tools and tips you’ll find on the websites above, you’ll be well on your way down your path to success.

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                  Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                  How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

                  How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

                  If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

                  Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

                  But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

                  Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

                  If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

                  1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

                  For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

                  Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

                  If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

                  But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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                  So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

                  Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

                  In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

                  2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

                  Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

                  Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

                  Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

                  Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

                  For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

                  Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

                  Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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                  For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

                  Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

                  Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

                  Bonus:

                  If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

                  3. Take meaningful time for yourself

                  We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

                  Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

                  If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

                  Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

                  This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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                  No time for me-time? Try this:

                  If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

                  This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

                  Bonus:

                  Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

                  4. Get productive and feel accomplished

                  Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

                  When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

                  While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

                  Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

                  No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

                  So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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                  Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

                  This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

                  Try this:

                  Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

                  The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

                  Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

                  The bottom line

                  There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

                  The only question is — which tip will you try first?

                  Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

                  Reference

                  [1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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