Administration

All Business- covering business, financing, law, technology and other issues for entrepreneurs and growing businesses; featuring expert advice, online tools, downloadable forms, and other resources.

Bplans- learn from 500-plus free business plan templates, articles and buy best-selling business plan software Business Plan Pro.

LivePlan- business plan software built for entrepreneurs. Pitch, plan and track your business- anywhere.

SCORE- nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

Small Business Administration- find information, links and resources to help you start and grow your business, including SBA- guaranteed loans.

StartUp Nation- provides real-world business advice to people who want to start a business and who want to grow their small businesses

Advice

Clarity.fm- receive on demand business coaching. The best part is you can pay by the minute. Get advice from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world when you need an answer to a quick question.

Design Sponge Biz Ladies- acclaimed design blog provides insider advice on a variety of business topics: like building a wholesale business, promoting events, and using Kickstarter to fund your company or early initiatives.

Entrepreneurs Library (The EL)- an excellent resource for finding out the best books to read for entrepreneurs. The blog also shares great business lessons and regular podcasts to accompany it

4 Hour Work Week- New York Times best seller, Tim Ferris, created 4 Hour Work Week in order to help you escape the boring 9-5 grind and live the life you’ve always wanted

Female Entrepreneur Association- from weekly 10-minute videos and podcast interviews with girl bosses, to actionable guides like how to grow your Instagram following, the Female Entrepreneur Association is a must-read site for women business owners.

Side Hustle Nation- podcast for people who are on 9-5s and need strategies & ideas on how to grow a business on the side.

Seth Goldin- best selling author and has written a total of 18 books. This blog is regarded as one of the best blogs for entrepreneurs.

Under30 CEO-  a start-up blog aimed at early-stage businesses and young entrepreneurs that gives strategic advice on getting featured in publications, starting a side business and more.

Women 2.0- own a business related to technology? Women 2.0 covers a range of topics including investing, fundraising, startups, technology, and politics.

Building Websites

Digital.Com-- the ultimate step-by-step guide to make your first WordPress website

Shopify--for ecommerce and online stores

SiteBuilder.com- is a fully hosted website builder platform. It offers a great set of tools to build your website without writing code or learning technical skills.

Squarespace- visual site builder with good themes and integrations with stores, payments, newsletters, etc.

Strikingly- easy site builder for nice single-page sites like manifestos, personal/company pages, or landing pages

Themeforest- if you need something custom, start by buying a $30 theme and editing

Weebly- is an easy to use website builder with tons of great designs. It includes a beautifully crafted page builder which allows you to edit your website without learning any coding skills.

Wix- another popular cloud based website builder. It offers ease of use combined with a powerful set of features to easily build your website.

WordPress- WordPress.org (also known as self hosted WordPress) is the world’s most popular website building platform. Over 28% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.

Connecting with Customers

Buffer--easier way to run your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts

Drip--email courses and signup widgets for your site

Hootsuite- social media management platform. The system’s user interface takes the form of a dashboard and supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and many more.

Intercom--tasteful chat and help widgets for your site, plus good automated email triggers

Mailchimp--newsletters and decent signup widgets

Social Media Examiner- blog on all things social media has articles for newcomers as well as digital natives. Helps in deciding which various social media tools will help you achieve your business goals, and getting the most bang for your buck on the tools you do use.

Crowdfunding

Charitable- allows you collect donations on your website via PayPal, and they don’t charge any transaction fees for credit card donations.

Crowdcube- equity crowd funding; way for entrepreneurs to spread the risk of their new ventures a bit, while still getting the “grown up” funding of investors, but without needing to deal with banks and financial institutions who typically aren’t interested in smaller projects.

Crowdrise- geared more toward helping “real world issues,” rather than funding for-profit ventures.

GoFundMe- is the everyday person crowdfunding platform

Indiegogo- crowd-fund via donations with a focus on arts and creative projects, including some which are not allowed on KickStarter

Kickstarter- crowd-fund via pre-selling your products

Kiva-  platform where the money raised here is not for you. Rather, you can become a micro lender to entrepreneurs and artists all over the world.

RocketHub- for entrepreneurs looking for venture capital, you can pitch your project idea, and see if you can generate any interest among their funders and donors

Seed&Spark- for movie makers around the world. Whether  documentaries, dramatic films, or offbeat comedies, you can get funding for your movie, and even watch others’ contributions.

Domains

Instant Domain Search--quickly check specific domain availability

Lean Domain Search--suggests all available .coms with a given keyword somewhere in the name

Namecheap--register your domains

Funding Resources

Amber Grant for Women- each month, one woman is selected for a $1000 grant. At the end of the year, one of the winners is selected for a $9,000 grant. It’s a simple application process. Answer a few short-answer questions through an online form and pay a $10 application fee.

Business USA- this website provides listings to government back loaned and grants for your business needs.

FundBox- if your startup is in a cash crunch, you could qualify for a short-term loan from FundBox. You create an account and enter your outstanding invoices, and FundBox will give you the money for your outstanding invoices, so you don’t have to wait for clients to pay.

Hatch Pitch- creating a product or service based on innovative technology, you can pitch your idea during Hatch Pitch, an event that takes place each year at the South by Southwest (SXSW) event. You have four minutes to pitch your startup to judges.

SnapCap- allows small business owners to borrow money for general purposes, which allows for flexibility. You require at least $1,000 in the bank, at least one year in business, and you must have $100,000 in annual sales to prequalify. Unlike a bank, the approval process can happen within 24 hours.

Legal Information  

Docracy--open source legal documents

FindLaw Small Business Center - get legal forms, find answers to common legal questions and   even search for lawyers at this site

The Company Corporation- make incorporating or forming an LLC easy: This site handles all the filing and paperwork for you.

News

Hacker News--daily news for startup folks and hackers

MarketingProfs- articles, guides and resources covering everything you need to know about marketing, from creating ad copy to attending trade shows.

Product Hunt--daily new products

The Funded- reviews and testimonials of investors from the founders' perspective; do your investor due diligence here

VentureBeat- blog covering the venture capital industry. This blog keeps those seeking investment capital "in the know", on who got funded from whom, also providing the latest on hot industries like mobile technology, social networking and green business.

Organization

Acuity Online Appointment- online appointment scheduling software. Clients schedule appointments, pay, and complete intake forms online 24/7

Evernote- save all of notes from meetings, research, or anything else you find yourself documenting on a daily basis.

ScheduleOnce- save hours each week exchanging emails back and forth trying to schedule a time to chat or meet up. Just send people your scheduling link.

Zapier- this tool that will help automate the dozens of apps that you are using so that they work together.

Payments

GoCardless (UK)--accept direct debit payments

Gumroad--easily sell digital files like PDFs, videos, and links

Square (US) or iZettle (elsewhere)--accept credit card payments with your phone

Stripe--best payment processing online

People Resources

Dribbble--browse designer portfolios, many of whom also freelance

elance--various freelancers (assume you'll hire several for trial projects before finding good ones)

Fiverr--pay $5 (or a bit more) for tasks ranging from logo design to copywriting

99designs--crowdsource design tasks (especially logos) for a few hundred dollars

Upwork- verified freelancer work history, feedback, and more. Instant match with the right freelancers

Virtual Staff Finder-  a premium matchmaking service for hiring Virtual Assistants. The team at Virtual Staff Finder does all of the work for you- by vetting and backgrounds checks so that you are delivered highly qualified candidates to choose from