Once you decide to start a business, typically the first step you take is research. Unfortunately, you’ll find out pretty quickly there’s an avalanche of information available. It can be incredibly overwhelming and confusing.
The trick is culling out the unnecessary info and focusing in on what you most need to know. But how?
I’ve been around the block a time or two and have had a chance to check out a ton of entrepreneur blogs and websites. Sadly, most of the information available today is redundant or only partially complete.
Fortunately, I’ve also found some that are insightful and full of practical advice. I’ve compiled the best below as a guide to help point you in the right direction.
The blogs and websites below fall into one of two categories: Practical Advice and General Advice. The first is a list of websites that give you the exact steps you need to take to start a business. The second list provides inspiration and ideas for growing your business.
Here are the 10 best blogs and websites for new entrepreneurs:
Your state/city/county/country websites
Your local government websites are where you’ll find what you need to start a business. This includes business licenses and permits, employment requirements, DBAs, and business entities.
Each area (city, state, county) is responsible for different items. For instance, your city handles your business license, the county handles health permits and DBAs, and your state handles employee guidelines and business entities (to name a few). It’s best to check each level to make sure you cover everything.
To learn more about where to go for what, visit How to Get a Business License.
The US Small Business Administration is a good resource as well, but I wouldn’t rely on it entirely. They have some helpful articles on where to start.
I’ve found they aren’t complete, however, so be sure to check the other websites and blogs as well.
If you are outside the US, your country likely has a similar website outlining business requirements. Search online for “your country + start a business” to find your SBA equivalent.
- Canada has the Canada Business Network.
- In Australia, it’s the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science (Business.gov.au).
- The UK has Gov.UK.
- In India, it’s Startup India.
IRS Videos (Small Business Taxes Virtual Workshop)
In the US, of course, the IRS rules the roost for taxes. This particular website has a training video showing an overview of business taxes. If you are new to business tax requirements, it’s a great place to learn what to expect and how to begin preparing.
In other countries, please search your local taxation authority for similar training tools.
This website belongs to Santa Clara University, which is not specific to business startup. But, the link above is to an article that teaches about small business accounting.
It provides a general overview of the accounting process in the US. If you are not an accountant, it’s worth a glance to make sure you are clear on your responsibilities.
Once again, this pertains to the US. For other countries, please search for “business accounting + your country.”
Nerdwallet is a website that provides rankings and reviews of financial products worldwide. This includes business loans, checking accounts, and credit cards you may need.
Articles here can lead you to banks that offer free business checking, the best business loans, and how to choose the right business credit card.
Though based in California, this attorney’s blog has some great information for online businesses. Even if you own a brick and mortar business, if you have a website there are internet laws you will need to follow.
You will also want to consult with a local attorney for your specific business needs. Most offer a free consultation, which is well worth doing to make sure you are starting your business legally.
This list isn’t complete without mentioning Taykoff (yes, where you are now). We focus on providing step-by-step guides for getting your business started. This includes details on how to get your licensing, set-up accounting, start your website, and more. Taykoff covers everything you need from Idea to Launch.
Check out the series, 20-Day Business Startup Challenge, for a day-by-day guide to starting a business.
Created by Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income has a podcast that I highly recommend to everyone. Pat interviews business leaders, and entrepreneurs that have made a difference in their industries. Each episode shares their experiences and provides a wealth of knowledge. It is well worth checking out if you plan to start a business.
Youpreneur is a community of entrepreneurs developed by Chris Ducker. The community itself 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 today. By joining the Youpreneur community, you have unlimited access to this library (which is worth far more than the cost to join).
ConvertKit is an Email Marketing service for businesses that I use and recommend. But, it’s their blog that I would like to point out here.
Full of articles on everything from Ideas and Inspiration to how to build your budget, this blog is a great resource. They have also recently launched an online magazine for online entrepreneurs that has some great advice.
If you are looking to start a business this year, the websites above are a great place to start. Full of practical and general advice, they can guide you in your journey to entrepreneurship.
These are general websites for all industries. If you have a question about your specific industry, please comment below, and I will do my best to help you out.