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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:

              DESIGN SPONGE
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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

                TARAGENTILE
                  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

                  ASMARTBEAR
                    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

                            sethgodin
                              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
                                                      Tagline:

                                                      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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                                                      17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                                                      17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                                                      In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

                                                      The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

                                                      Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

                                                      1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

                                                      Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

                                                      For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

                                                      2. Use the Pareto Principle

                                                      Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

                                                      Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

                                                      3. Make Stakes

                                                      Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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                                                      However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

                                                      4. Record Yourself

                                                      Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

                                                      5. Join a Group

                                                      There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

                                                      6. Time Travel

                                                      Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

                                                      Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

                                                      7. Be a Chameleon

                                                      When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

                                                      Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

                                                      “Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

                                                      Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

                                                      8. Focus

                                                      Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

                                                      Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

                                                      9. Visualize

                                                      The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

                                                      Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

                                                      Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

                                                      10. Find a Mentor

                                                      Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

                                                      Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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                                                      If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

                                                      11. Sleep on It

                                                      Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

                                                      Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

                                                      12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

                                                      Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

                                                      His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

                                                      Check out his video to find out more:

                                                      13. Learn by Doing

                                                      It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

                                                      Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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                                                      14. Complete Short Sprints

                                                      Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

                                                      One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

                                                      15. Ditch the Distractions

                                                      Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

                                                      Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

                                                      16. Use Nootropics

                                                      Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

                                                      Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

                                                      Find out more about brain supplements in this article.

                                                      17. Celebrate

                                                      For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                      Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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