Helpful resources for entrepreneurs

Looking to take the leap into starting your own business in 2019? Sweet, congrats! 👊🏽 You’re about to embark on an amazing journey, but knowing where to start can be a little tricky. The list of resources below should help you with some of your unanswered questions.

If you have some resources for entrepreneurs that are not on this list, or have any questions hit me up - let’s chat!

IMPORTANT NOTE:

DON’T FALL INTO THE ANALYSIS PARALYSIS TRAP! IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ON TOPICS RELATED TO STARTING A BUSINESS, BUT YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY SHOULD BE TAKING ACTION. READ A LITTLE, THEN GO TRY IT OUT - PROTOTYPE YOUR THEORY AS A LOW RISK MVP, THEN FAIL, PIVOT, AND TRY SOMETHING ELSE (AS NECESSARY).

(Also, I don’t make ANY money off these endorsements - they simply have added value to me over the years and I like paying it forward).

Best publishers of content for entrepreneurs

  • TED - Inspiring videos for entrepreneurs.

  • Medium - Fantastic publishing platform for big ideas and stories from all types of topics, including entrepreneurship and startups.

  • Fast Company - One of the better publishers of useful content.

  • The Lean Startup - One of the best methodologies out there for focusing on the right things when you build your business.

  • Babson - Top ranked college for entrepreneurship with insights on all types of related topics.

  • Harvard Business Review - One of the leading authorities of all-things business.

  • Entrepreneur and Inc - Not my favorite online publishers (too many ads and spam), but some helpful resources without a doubt.

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Podcasts

  • Rework Podcast - A great show from Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of Bascamp. Covers bootstrapping, staying small, and growing slow.

  • Side Hustle School - The daily show created by Chris Guillebeau designed to help you create a new source of income without quitting your day job.

  • Startup Chat - Actionable advice from entrepreneurs in the trenches.

  • Don’t Keep Your Day Job - Honest conversations with successful creative entrepreneurs about the hands-on, practical steps to build a life you love and use your zone of genius to make the world better.

  • Tim Ferris Show - One of all my all-time favs about all things life-hacking.

  • Startups For the Rest of Us - Framing the world of startups a little differently, via the lens of micropreneurs.

  • Adventurepreneur Playbook - Tells the stories of unconventional entrepreneurs building businesses, lifestyles, and personal brands around their passions for adventure, travel, and the outdoors.

Books

Templates/canvas

Relevant Subreddits

Online Marketing

Digital Assets

HIRING

  • Some Tips on Hiring - Sam Altman from Y Combinator shares his insights on this all-important topic.

Remote Employees

Financing

  • Earnest Capital - Check out how my friend Tyler is changing the way early stage bootstrappers get financed. I did a podcast with him here.

Business Planning

Miscellaneous

  • Lumi - Customized packaging solutions for consumer product companies.

Tax

Essential Software

  • Evernote - Note taking app. Use it everyday, without fail.

  • Asana - Great tool for managing projects and task across teams.

  • Slack - Share information and chat with teammates.

Finding freelancers

  • Fiverr - My preferred marketplace for freelancers and outsourcing.

  • Upwork - Huge database of freelancers in any field you can think of.

Founder dating

  • CoFoundersLab - Shop, network, and connect with entrepreneurs and cofounders all over the world. Fun fact - I helped get this startup off the ground as an intern when I was in graduate school!

Courses

MENTORSHIP

  • Score - find a business mentor.

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation - Connect with and invest in entrepreneurs and innovators who are trying to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

  • Kiva - Microfinance loans that fund entrepreneurs in developing countries and change people’s lives.