My Favorite Free Resources for Entrepreneurs
How-to guides and articles for entrepreneurs with a growth-focused mindset.
The Entrepreneur’s Handbook features 59 Resources for First Time Entrepreneurs that was put together by Neil Patal at Quick Sprout.
The women-focused arm of Entrepreneur Magazine has tips, articles and advice for navigating through the business world from a female perspective.
Springwise features entrepreneurial ideas from around the world, as well as trends and forecasts that entrepreneurs should be paying attention to.
SCORE offers free training webinars, resources, and mentorship to small business owners.
Moz (formerly SEOmoz) provides free online marketing and search engine optimization guides written by SEO experts that can help you improve how you market your website or blog. Every entrepreneur needs to learn this stuff!
Okay so bookkeeping and accounting isn’t the funnest topic for most of us! I recommend entrepreneurs hire a bookkeeper (unless that is your core strength!) but even if someone else is taking care of your business finances, you should still be able to read financial reports to make the best decisions for your business. The Bean Counter takes you through 7 lessons to learn more about bookkeeping and accounting, and quizzes you on them too!
With your free pass you’ll learn how to implement new marketing strategies, how to grow your list and find hot leads, learn what the smartest small business owners are doing to guarantee their success, and start to streamline your entire business and save yourself hundreds of hours (and a lot of money!) every year.
My Favorite Tools (The Ones That Run MY Business!)
These are the tools that I depend on every. single. day. I am an affiliate partner for many of the tools below but I do not make recommendations to my community lightly. These are tools I pay for and that I trust with my business growth, so I happily partner with these companies and recommend them to you for your business too.
Infusionsoft is my all-in-one sales, marketing, list building, customer service, and e-commerce solution! When I decided to “go pro” as Steven Pressfield would say, and make She Takes on the World Inc. my full time business, I turned to Infusionsoft to help me make big things happen and streamline my operations. Get a free demo here.
In terms of email marketing software to build, engage, and grow your list, Aweber is THE BEST. Use it to manage your subscribers, get beautiful forms that convert website visitors to subscribers, send out newsletters using professional designed templates, and create autoresponders to build better relationships with your potential customers.
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Elance is where I hire the majority of my virtual team members. My Marketing Director, Part-time CFO, copywriters, assistants, and editors have all been hired through Elance. Elance isn’t just for hiring… it’s a great place for service-based businesses to find new clients. Get started at Elance University.
Yammer allows you to create a social network for your team. This is how my team stays connected, shares documents, and meet project deadlines. It’s also a great way to build company culture and allow your team members to get to know each other.
Shoeboxed is a lifesaver when it comes to receipts. No matter where I am in the world I can send my receipts to Shoeboxed to be scanned and organized. Businesses in the U.S. and Canada don’t have to keep receipts for tax purposes, scanned copies are accepted! My accountant can export all my expenses to QuickBooks right from Shoeboxed, and I don’t have to keep any paper in files. You can also submit receipts and business cards to your account via mobile phone through an app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Highly recommended for all entrepreneurs who want to keep their books and receipts organized! Get started with a free account.
Wave Accounting is a totally free tool, beautifully designed accounting tool that was created to help solo entrepreneurs, consultants, and freelancers better manage their money. It automatically pulls data from Paypal, your bank accounts, your credit cards, and more to give you easy-to-understand snapshots of your full financial picture. I love it!
Books for Entrepreneurial Spirits
I am a passionate reader. You too? Tweet me your fave books @nataliemacneil and I might add them to this list!
Blogs and Articles I Have Bookmarked
People either love Penelope or hate her. I love her! She’s not afraid to speak her mind, and she’s one of the most opinionated bloggers I’ve every followed. She is also a serial entrepreneur and has a lot of great entrepreneurial insights.
No description necessary. Seth’s the best! I’ve learned a lot from him over the years.
I have a ton of respect for Tony Hsieh, and the company culture he has created at Zappos.com. Tony focuses on “delivering happiness” in everything he does. He’s a must-follow entrepreneur.
John Jantsch just really gets small business owners, and knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur today. He has a number of free ebooks available on the site and are guaranteed to supercharge your marketing efforts.