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25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark

25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark

As a budding entrepreneur, you will come across thousands of sites while you search for the information that you need to start and run a successful business. While some of these websites are one-shot deals, a number of them will become favorites that you visit over and over. Here are 25 websites every entrepreneur should bookmark. These are sites that will prove incredibly useful to you as you change the world. These sites will provide priceless tools, strategies and inspiration for you ranging from marketing, information for starting up and building soulful businesses.

1. Entrepreneur

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    Tagline: Start, Run and grow Your Business:

    Why You Should Bookmark: This Entrepreneur Magazine companion site does an excellent job of living up to its name. It is a must read for any and all entrepreneurs. This site is packed with tips, tools and strategies for starting, running and growing your business. Its many segments run the entire gamut of business life from finance to franchising to growth and strategy. Its entrepreneur section caters to entrepreneurs from every walk of life including young entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs and coaches.

    Must Read: 10 Lessons every entrepreneur must learn

    2. Wall Street Journal

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      Why You Should Bookmark: This website for the renowned business and financial news giant, The Wall Street Journal, has an entrepreneurship segment which has a rich offering to the entrepreneurial community. Covering a wide range of topics from financing to franchising to management, The Journal touches on every facet of the entrepreneur’s business. The founder interviews add a rich texture to make this site more than just a way to stay abreast of breaking news.

      3. Business Owner’s Toolkit by BizFilings

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        Why You Should Bookmark: The Business Owner’s Toolkit is the where entrepreneurs should start when they are certain they want to start a business. This is a one-stop shop of everything that you will need to start and run a legitimate and legal business. Here you will find guides, articles, resources and forms for starting your business, running a successful business, finances, taxes, and marketing topped off with a blog filled with tips, strategies and inspiration.

        Must Read: Startup

         

        4. Ben’s Blog

        BHOROWITZ

          Tagline: None but accurately described as “CEOs are made, not born. Teaching You To Become One.”

          Why You Must Bookmark:  Ben Horowitz’s website focuses on teaching startup founders how to effectively manage their teams and become better CEOs. Clean and minimal, the site’s appearance may mislead you to believe that it is another financial blog. This quickly goes out the window once you begin to dig into Ben’s no-nonsense. One highlight of this site is the rap lyrics and accompanying music that will make his ideas dance off the screen and help your business to come alive.

          Must Read: Making Yourself a CEO

          5. Fizzle.co

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            Tagline:

            Honest Online Business Training and the community of entrepreneurs who won’t let you quit.

            Why You Should Bookmark: Not another marketing website, Fizzle is Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic fame’s new endeavor. With amazing long-form content on building an audience, monetizing and building effective marketing campaigns, Fizzle is refreshing. It offers a podcast service (Sparkline), pro trainings and a large community of entrepreneurs for a small fee who are thinking and problem-solving in their own businesses and will support you to get yours on the right path.

            Must Read: 13 Successful Founders Share their First Product Stories

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            6. Linkedin

            LINKEDIN
              Tagline:

              The world’s largest Professional Network

              Why You Should Bookmark: Linkedin is a must-join, free professional community for connecting with other entrepreneurs and customers. It provides you with ample opportunity to expand your social connections and publish content to another segment of the population that is not accessible through Facebook. It also has an up and coming business portal that allows you to post jobs and access sales and other business solutions.

              7. Design Sponge Biz Ladies:

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                Why You Should Bookmark: Geared towards enterprising women, this section of the larger Design Sponge provides articles and interviews with leading entrepreneurs about their unique journeys into entrepreneurship. You will find advice and tips to combat the daily challenges that women encounter on their path to business success.

                Must Read: How To Use Your Intuition For More Fun, Flow and Money in Your Business.

                8. Tara Gentile

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                  Tagline

                  : Grow your business. Live your future.

                  Why You Should Bookmark: Tara gentile is a business strategist who aspires to motivate entrepreneurs to business with heart. Her content is inspirational and motivational, wrapped up in nice bundle of strategy. She takes a no-nonsense approach to business and will give you that gentle shove that you need to get moving on your ideas.

                  Must Read: This is the Motivation That Helps Your Business Succeed

                  9. A Smart Bear

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                    Tagline:

                    Smartups +Marketing +Geekery

                    Why You Must Bookmark: The founder of WPEngine and Smart Bear Software and mentor to up and coming startup and tech entrepreneurs, Smart Bear is a well-written idea store on business and marketing with a dash of geekery.  The ideas are smart and who better to learn from than a serial entrepreneur.

                    Must Read: Impostor Syndrome: Why I feel Like a Fraud

                    10. The Middle Finger Project

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                      Tagline:

                      Screw Business as Usual: Its Bad For You.

                      Why You Should Bookmark: Ashley Ambirge, branding expert and CEO of The Middle Finger Project, provides an in-your-face, brash, no-nonsense approach to business branding. This site is filled with innovative ways to redefine your approach to business by stepping way outside the box. While you will find a ton of motivation here, the sparkles, butterflies and lollipops are nowhere in sight. Instead look for f-bombs and lots of telling you like it is.

                      Must Read: You Don’t Need a Job, You Need Guts

                      11. Ducttape marketing

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                        Why You Should Bookmark: This website, by Marketing Consultant John Jantsch, provides you with easily understood and implementable strategies for small businesses. This site’s blogs, free ebooks, marketing podcasts interviewing industry leaders, and newsletter will keep you abreast of the newest technologies, social media tools and platforms to help your business grow.

                        Must Read: The 5 Small Business Marketing Pillars

                        12. Copyblogger

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                          Tagline: None but accurately described as “Your free content marketing education”

                          Why You Should Bookmark: Copyblogger is an action-filled site with tops and strategies for skyrocketing your copywriting skills in your business and life. This clean and simple site is filled with amazing tools to build your business and will capture your attention for a few hours, but their ebooks, marketing training ecourses and copywriting gold are what will keep you coming back to this site.

                          Must Read: Copywriting 101

                           13. Marie Forleo

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                            Tagline:

                            Up your game with hustle and heart.

                            Why You Should Bookmark: This website was created by a marketing and lifestyle expert, best-selling author and motivational speaker. Her site, while geared toward women entrepreneurs, provides a ton of value on living a life and creating a profitable business that you will love.  On her website you will find mostly videos of interviews and inspirational tips and strategies but her sparkly personality makes watching them worthwhile.

                            Must watch: Interview with Richard Branson

                             14. Seth Godin

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                              Tagline:

                              Go. Make Something Happen

                              Why You Should Bookmark: Seth is the consummate marketer. With an authorship of over 17 books on marketing, he commands every marketer’s respect. His tips and strategies are priceless and ideas are cutting edge. His writing is pithy and easy to read but the insights you will gain will stay on your mind for one whole week.

                              15. TED.com

                              TEd
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                                : Ideas worth spreading

                                Why You Should bookmark: If you have not bookmarked this site, you have been missing out or watching the videos on every other social media platform. That is how good TED is. TED brings you the most cutting-edge ideas in education, technology and design in videos that are about 15 or so minutes long. Not only are the videos informative, educational and sometimes entertaining, but the discussion community is rich with ideas. Bookmark now.

                                Must watch: Sir Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity

                                 16. Alexandra Franzen

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                                  Tagline:

                                  None but accurately described as “Tips on writing, creativity & productivity, with less drama — and more love.”

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                                  Why You Should Bookmark: Alexandra Franzen is a communication maven. She cuts to the heart of good copywriting and gives you tools for no-mistakes clarity that will get your message out. She provides a kick in the butt approach to motivate you to get to the heart of what you need to say and her voice is so distinct you can hear it in your ears.

                                  Must Read: Everything is Marketing

                                   17. Entrepreneur’s Journey

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                                    Live the Laptop Lifestyle

                                    Why You Should Bookmark:  This is your resource for starting and building a profitable blog or website for your business that will allow you to live from your laptop. You will also find a library of inspirational interviews of other entrepreneurs who have lived the laptop lifestyle.  Information at the Entrepreneur’s Journey is available as articles, videos and podcasts, whichever you like best, and it’s all amazing content.

                                    Must Read: The owner Yaro Starak’s story

                                    18. Mindvalleyinsights.com

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                                      Tagline: None but accurately described as helping you to “keep up with the latest trends in Business and Marketing.”

                                      Why You Should Bookmark: An offshoot of the incubation firm Mindvalley, this site provides hard-hitting informational articles and trainings on all things entrepreneur from branding to culture to building traffic.

                                      Must read: 7 Lessons from Building a $15-Million-a-Year Lifestyle Business with No Loans, VCs or Angel Money

                                      19. TechCrunch 

                                      TECHCRUNCH
                                        Tagline:

                                        The latest Technology and News Information on Startups

                                        Why You Should Bookmark: TC maintains its well-earned reputation as the go-to site for any entrepreneur who wants to keep up to speed with breaking startup news. Watching what other startups have done will inspire you to get your startups on Techcrunch.

                                        Must Read:  Startup Page

                                        20. KISSmetrics

                                        kissmetrics
                                          Tagline:

                                          A blog about marketing, analytics and testing

                                          Why You Should Bookmark: If you are interested in how customers interact with your business or product, getting KISSmetrics is a must. The KISSmetrics blog keeps you up to speed on innovations in user analytics and covers a range of topics from user engagement to launch strategies to conversion. The well-written, easy to read content makes a technical topic much more accessible to the average entrepreneur.

                                          Must Read:  True Colors

                                          21. Rise of the Innerpreneur

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                                            Tagline: Cultivating the business within.

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                                            Why You Should Bookmark: This site is geared towards entrepreneurs who want to have a soulful business. It hopes to cultivate and nurture the inner spirit of the entrepreneur by focusing on your personal growth. While not hardcore business or entrepreneurship, it will provide a much needed deflection from the business side to your personal side.

                                            Must Read: 15 Fascinating Facts About Innerpreneurs

                                            22. OkDork

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                                              A blog about marketing, starting businesses, self-exploration, and tacos

                                              Why You Should Bookmark: I have just found this site and I love its long-form content brimming with useful tips and strategies for taking your business to the next level. Noah Kagan’s writing is conversational but filled with social proof and trustworthy statistics. Bookmark as soon as you can.

                                              Must Read: How to Improve Customer Satisfaction (or how to make your customers orgasm)

                                              23. Chris Brogan

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                                                Tagline: None.

                                                Why You Should Bookmark: Social media marketing maven, Business strategist and author Chris Brogan’s blog punches you in the face with tools and strategies for owning your entrepreneurial game and winning at it. Brogan’s expansive knowledge base and crystal clear writing style cut to the heart of your business, motivating you to go all out while keeping the human side at the forefront.

                                                Must Read: Understanding Value

                                                24. Quora

                                                QUORA
                                                  Tagline:

                                                  None but accurately described as “To grow and Share the World’s Knowledge”

                                                  Why You Must Bookmark: This site opens up the doors for you to get into the heads of your customers as well as other entrepreneurs and innovators. Posing a question can reslt in answers that can solve some of your businesses toughest questions or just allow yu to consider other options.

                                                  Must Read: What is it Like To Work at a Startup That’s On Fire

                                                  25. She Takes On The World

                                                  shetakesontheworld
                                                    Tagline:

                                                    Turn your Small Business Into Something Big

                                                    Why You Should Bookmark: This information filled website is for women entrepreneurs that want their life and business to soar. Nathalie McNeil has a cheery disposition and motivates you easily—no yelling or pushing, just the sweet facts. The site offers articles on a variety of subjects related to entrepreneurship, leadership, personal branding, interviews with successful women, business resources, and a free directory for women business owners.

                                                    Must Read/Watch: Danielle LaPorte on Finding Your Way, Telling Your Story, and Starting Fires

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                                                    26. Eric Thomas

                                                    ericthomas
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                                                      When You Want to Succeed as Bad As You Want to Breathe

                                                      Why You Should Bookmark: Up and coming superstar motivational speaker and life strategist, Eric Thomas will pump you full of motivation to tackle all the challenges that will come up in your daily life and business. Thomas aspires to help you live the life you want.

                                                      Must Read: Principles Gone Awry

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                                                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                                      The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                                                      The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

                                                      Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                                                      Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                                                      The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                                                      Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                                                      Program Your Own Algorithms

                                                      Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                                                      Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                                                      By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                                                      How to Form a Ritual

                                                      I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                                                      Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                                                      1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                                                      2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                                                      3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                                                      4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                                                      Ways to Use a Ritual

                                                      Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                                                      1. Waking Up

                                                      Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                                                      2. Web Usage

                                                      How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                                                      3. Reading

                                                      How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                                                      4. Friendliness

                                                      Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                                                      5. Working

                                                      One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                                                      6. Going to the gym

                                                      If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                                                      7. Exercise

                                                      Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                                                      8. Sleeping

                                                      Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                                                      8. Weekly Reviews

                                                      The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                      We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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