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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 businesses 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.

 
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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.

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.

Side Hustle Nation

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.

Women 2.0

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

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Digital.Com

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

Shopify

for e-commerce 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.