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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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            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

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              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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                  : 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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                      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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                            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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                                  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

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                                          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
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                                                  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
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                                                    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

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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 17, 2019

                                                      The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                                                      The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                                                      What happens in our heads when we set goals?

                                                      Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

                                                      Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

                                                      According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

                                                      Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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                                                      Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

                                                      Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

                                                      The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

                                                      Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

                                                      So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

                                                      Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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                                                      One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

                                                      Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

                                                      Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

                                                      The Neurology of Ownership

                                                      Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

                                                      In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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                                                      But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

                                                      This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

                                                      Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

                                                      The Upshot for Goal-Setters

                                                      So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

                                                      On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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                                                      It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

                                                      On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

                                                      But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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