Starting a business is not difficult, but it can be tedious and time-consuming. There are a ton of I’s to dot and T’s to cross to completely launch even the smallest business. But, you can make the process smoother and quicker with the right tools.
Through my years as an entrepreneur, I’ve had an opportunity to use hundreds of resources. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites for you below. These tools can help get you up and running in no time.
The 6 Best Resources for Starting a Business
StudioPress used to only provide website themes, but have since grown to include so much more. Now they offer a one-stop-shop for creating a killer website for your new business.
Not only do they give you everything you need to build a great website, they are also one of the top ranked for quality. Each theme they offer is expertly coded for search engine optimization and efficiency. They are also built on the WordPress platform, which provides the most flexibility and customization.
Prices begin at $24/mo (paid yearly) depending on the package you choose.
Lynda.com is an online training website. They’ve gathered experts in a variety of fields to provide training videos. Videos are professional quality and include practice exercises to help you learn.
By joining, you have unlimited access to 100’s of classes on everything from WordPress and Website building to Adobe Software. Currently, they start at $25/mo for the basic level. They also offer a free trial period so you can get a taste of what they offer.
Adobe provides a variety of software programs to help with all things creative. From Photoshop for photo editing, to Illustrator to create logos, to Premier Pro to edit video, and Audition for audio editing, Adobe has it all.
Depending on what you need to achieve for your business, they may have the tool you need to get it done.
Currently, they offer one monthly rate to access all Adobe’s offerings. If there’s a program you need, but you don’t know how to use it, Lynda.com above has the training you need.
Youpreneur is a community of entrepreneurs developed by Chris Ducker. The community provides excellent support and helps with building your business. But my favorite part is the video library.
The video library includes interviews, keynote speeches, and fireside chit-chats with some of the most successful business leaders. By joining the Youpreneur community, you have unlimited access to this library – which is worth far more than the cost to join.
The Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn has helped 1000’s of budding entrepreneurs over the past few years. Each week Pat interviews industry leaders, how-to gurus, and so much more. I learn something from every episode, even if the topic doesn’t initially pertain to me.
The podcast is free and currently has over 250 episodes. You will want to listen to the archived episodes as well as subscribing to new. The knowledge contained in these podcasts is phenomenal.
Yes, it’s where you are now but still worth mentioning. Taykoff offers articles and videos that walk you step-by-step through starting a business.
Many of the resources above focus on building your business once it’s launched. Taykoff focuses on helping you get it launched in the first place. From getting your business license and choosing an entity, to setting up accounting and banking, to building your first website, Taykoff has you covered.
There are a ton of tools and resources available today. These six apply to all industries. Depending on your industry, there may be more specific resources for you as well. Add your industry to the comments below and I will let you know if there are other resources I can recommend for your needs.