⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄

4 Websites to Help Quit Your Job and Start a Business

⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄
4 Websites to Help Quit Your Job and Start a Business

Are you feeling trapped by a hum-drum job that leaves you unsatisfied and short of cash at the end of each month? Do you love solving problems, being creative, and being a hard-working, dedicated self starter who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty?

If that sounds like you, then it’s likely that starting a new business might be just the thing to inspire you to greater heights and ultimately put you in control of your own destiny. But starting a new business is not all that easy, and often comes with substantial financial risks that can leave you penniless, or even in debt.

2dc864e149972a95ea855b6b01e52742

    Luckily, there is plenty of great advice out there to help guide you through those all important first steps. By empowering yourself with the insights, creativity and knowledge provided by our top 5 list of sites for entrepreneurs, you’ll be able to:

    1. Reduce the amount of time it takes to find and validate a fantastic idea
    2. Research and build a top class business plan
    3. Build a cutting edge, responsive website
    4. Promote and market your business like a pro
    5. Know which software, tools & services are available to increase productivity and cut costs
    6. Understand tax, financial, legal and industry rules and regulations
    7. Work efficiently with your money

    Sound good?

    ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

    ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

    Each of the sites listed here has a focus on at least one, sometimes more, of the above listed points. It’s important to remember that almost no single website will give you all the answers you need in one place. I suggest spending some time browsing through all of them to build up your own broad and deep understanding of the challenges that lie ahead.

    Bplans

    Bplans offers free business plan samples and templates, business planning resources, How-to articles, financial calculators, and industry reports.

      Bplans offers an incredible range of business plan templates, advice about how to research and create plans, and insights into finding funding, selling, and pitching during the startup phase.

      Have it bookmarked from the time you have an idea, until the time the business is established and out of the startup phase.

      Along with their vast selection of free downloadable plans and templates for virtually any type of business imaginable, they also have a decent blog and lots of in-depth, useful guides on a range of startup related topics. In particular, you’ll find the following guides of great use:

      ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

      ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

      ThePennyHoarder

      The world's largest personal finance blog with 5+ million monthly readers.

        ThePennyHoarder, unlike the other sites in this list, is not really focused on business per se, rather on personal finance. But, what they do bring to the table is a huge variety of creative money hacks and advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

        Ideas to stretch or save a dollar that you wouldn’t think of in a million years are part of their daily routine, which is super useful if you’re having to bootstrap a startup without funding or loans to keep things afloat.

        In addition to plenty of information focused on working from home, they also have lots of budgeting tips and even coupons available to help save money when it counts the most.

        Here’s where I recommend you start:

        ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
        ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

        SBA

        An electronic gateway of procurement information for and about small businesses.

          The SBA (Small Business Administration) is a U.S. government run resource aimed at helping small business owners and entrepreneurs navigate the complex world of tax, finance, grants, loans, contracts, commerce, government rules, and business legislation. Basically anything you might need to know about your business and industry’s regulatory environment.

          Use this site as a companion from start to finish. It’s not only useful for learning about complex rules and regulations, it can also help you find tax breaks and incentives, make connections with other entrepreneurs and business people, and make full use of the local, state and federal resources available to you.

          For my money, the most useful aspects of this site are the following:

          Entrepreneur

          ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
          ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
          Advice, insight, profiles and guides for established and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.

            Entrepreneur is arguably the world’s leading online resource for entrepreneurs because, in addition to all the standard guides and advice you would expect from a leading business resources, they also offer something more… real-world insight. Their reach and reputation is such that they can get the inside scoop on news, developments, leaders, influencers, and trends that allow them to get valuable business related insight into your hands earlier than other sites.

            If staying on trend is vital to the survival of your business, then Entrepreneur is the site to bookmark right away.

            Entrepreneur’s site is also so massive that it likely covers every bit of information you could possibly need. The downside is that because much of their content is contributed by third parties, it isn’t always easily discovered or presented in a uniform manner. With that said, there are a few stand out pages that you definitely need to check out:

            So those are my top 5 sites that will help you realize your dreams of leaving the rat race and taking control of your own destiny by building the business of your dreams. Of course, these sites aren’t the only game in town. What resources do you find useful? Share your suggestions in the comments.

            ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
            ⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
            9b3e6571ac2e5436f195870d863100de
              photo credit: Pinterest

              Featured photo credit: Christian Dembowski via flickr.com

              More by this author

              Pay Less & Save Money Shopping
              How to Pay Less Than 30% for Almost Anything
              Make money blogging
              I Made $1000 From a Single Blog Post, So Can You
              17 Essential Free Online Resources for Entrepreneurs
              17 Essential Free Online Resources for Entrepreneurs
              8 Food & Drink Quotes For Women
              8 Food & Drink Quotes For Women
              3 Amazon Shopping Tips That Will Save You Money
              3 Amazon Shopping Tips That Will Save You Money

              Trending in Entrepreneur

              1 How To Build An Entrepreneurial Mindset (7 Actionable Steps) 2 When To Hire In Your Small Business (A Step-By-Step Guide) 3 5 Strategies to Plan Ahead of a Business Crisis 4 4 Types of Entrepreneurs: How to Know Which Type You Are 5 How to Start an Online Business (With 10 Effective Tools)

              Read Next

              Advertising
              Advertising

              Explore the Full Life Framework

              Advertising
              Advertising