Here is a list of some of the best sites to know. They range from project management to motivation to e-commerce.
READ ON...If you're in the process of launching a startup, you'll be happy to know the internet offers you a wealth of resources that will make your job as an entrepreneur much easier. One of the best ways to boost your productivity and chances of success is to bookmark and review sites that will help you excel as a business owner.
Here is a list of some of the best sites to know. They range from project management to motivation to e-commerce. The sites are in no particular order.
1. IdeatorSo you've got a great idea that you'd like to turn into a business? Start with Ideator. It's a platform specifically designed for entrepreneurs like you who want to bring their million-dollar visions to life.
2. Tony RobbinsIf you want to succeed as a business owner, you're going to have to unlock your potential. To do that, learn from the best: Tony Robbins. No better person to follow and learn from as you grow.
3. EcwidIf you'd like to create an e-commerce site in just five minutes, stop by Ecwid.com. Currently, more than 900,000 sellers from around the world use Ecwid to sell products.
4. QuickSproutAs the name implies, QuickSprout is all about growth. It is quite possibly the best site on the internet for learning about digital marketing.
5. LinkedInIf you want to be successful in business, you're going to have to forge alliances and create professional relationships with other people. There's no better online site for business networking than LinkedIn.
6. Healthcare.govYou're going to need health insurance after you quit your job and launch your own business. Also, if you have employees, they'll need health insurance as well. Be sure to visit Healthcare.gov for your coverage options.
7. Inc.You are on Inc.com now, so you know its great. But you can never learn too much about being an entrepreneur. There's always something more to know about the latest in marketing, financing options, management, and professional development. That's why you should bookmark Inc.
8 & 9. HipDial & Google + Hangouts To succeed in your entrepreneurial efforts, you'll almost certainly need to schedule group conference calls on occasion. For that, you should use HipDial. It is so simple and easy, which is why startups love it. An alternative option that incorporates video conferencing is Google + Hangouts.
10. SBAUncle Sam has an organization that exists to help entrepreneurs just like you. It's called the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA's website is packed with helpful resources.
11. DueIf you want to streamline your invoicing and time tracking processes, you can't go wrong with Due.
12. WordPressTo create a successful online presence, you'll need a blog. Simply put, there is no better blog platform on the market than WordPress. But do not use Wordpress.com; instead, install the Wordpress content management system on your site.
13. TradeAwayIf you're bootstrapping your way to success with limited resources, you might be able to get some professional assistance from somebody else who will ask for your assistance in return. Check out TradeAway for a place to barter your services in exchange for somebody else's.
14. SquareIt's tough to make it in business these days if you don't take credit cards. Square gives you the opportunity to swipe cards from virtually anywhere.
15. KayakYou're likely going to be doing some traveling as an entrepreneur. If you want to find the best flight and hotel deals, check out Kayak.
16. FreshBooksOnce upon a time, QuickBooks was the only "go to" solution for accounting. Nowadays, some entrepreneurs are flocking to the cloud-based solution offered by FreshBooks. Both are great solutions. Take your pick.
17. BaseCampIf your team is widely distributed across the continent, or even the world, you'll need an online hangout where you all can communicate, collaborate, and coordinate. For that, use BaseCamp.
18 & 19. Dropbox & Google DriveIf you're looking for a cloud-based solution for file storage, Dropbox and Google Drive are your two best bets. Both are free until you hit a certain limit.
20. LanguageTranslationIt's a global economy. You might want to translate your website into another language (in fact, I recommend it). For document translation services, enlist the aid of a company like LanguageTranslation.com.
21. StartupGrindStartupGrind is a website where you can rub shoulders with like-minded business owners. There are over 400,000 active members in 85 countries.
22. forEntrepreneursThe name "forEntrepreneurs" is fairly descriptive. It's a blog run by David Skok, a five-time entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. It's a great site to visit from time to time for sage business advice.
23. A Smart BearA Smart Bear is a blog run by Jason Cohen, who offers advice for entrepreneurs. As of this writing, more than 40,000 people subscribe to Cohen's lessons.
24. Rocket LawyerYou are going to have legal issues. For that, use Rocket Lawyer. I've used this on more than one occasion and saved thousands of dollars.
25. The Startups SubredditYou might think of Reddit as a great place to check out funny cat photos or participate in an "Ask Me Anything" exchange with a famous celebrity. It's also a great place for gleaning information. Specifically, check out the Startups subreddit.
26. CopybloggerContent marketing is an important part of online marketing. To that end, make sure you visit Copyblogger regularly.
27. CrunchBaseFor practical purposes, everything you need to know about startup funding can be found at CrunchBase.