The Entrepreneurs Toolkit - 50 Resources For First Time Entrepreneurs

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In a world where advice is plentiful, it’s becoming more and more challenging to filter out the quality advice from the bad. It feels like every day there’s a new blog post published or report released that every entrepreneur needs to read if they want to be successful.

As two entrepreneurs who are obsessed with personal growth and learning, we’ve faced the same problem that many entrepreneurs have. We’ve wasted time reading blog posts that have armed us with no insight and we’ve wasted time sifting through click bait in the hope of finding an answer to a problem. As Entrepreneurs, we need to optimize our schedules and spend time reading ONLY what will help us and our businesses grow.

These resources are a mix of content that is relatively new and a few resources that are from 5-6 years ago. Regardless of the timestamp on these insights, the value they deliver cannot be questioned. Bookmark this today. Share it with your friends. And take your business to the next level…

Legal & Accounting

Work Until Your Bank Account Looks Like A Phone Number

Legal and accounting issues may not seem important when you are starting your company, but they are. Legal and accounting mistakes that you make early on can haunt you for years and can be expensive to fix. So if you are going to start a company you should do things right from the get go.

Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Incorporation: Which one is right for you?

What Start-ups Should Know About Hiring a Lawyer

Legal Tips: What every startup entrepreneur needs to know

Free legal docs for startup founders and investor from 500 Startups

Before You Form an S Corp, Consider These Points

Startup Reality Distortion #3: The Fallacy Of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

What the Craft Beer Industry Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Trademarks

Hire interested and available lawyers at a price that works for you. LawTrades.com

Experienced attorneys for your business at clear, upfront prices. Legalhero.com

Clerky helps startups get legal stuff done right (and fast). www.clerky.com

Get your legal documents analyzed in a few minutes. www.lawgeex.com

What is Monthly Recurring Revenue & how is it used in SaaS and Subscription Businesses?

The Simple Math Behind Every Profitable Business – Customer Lifetime Value

The Most Common Mistake When Forecasting Growth for New Products (and How to Fix It)

In SaaS, Your Burn Rate is Muchly a Function of Your Chosen Competition

What’s Your Finance & Operations Stack?

Product & Services

Building a product is hard. Building a service business is hard. Entrepreneurship as a whole is hard. These articles and resources will help you in the development of your business and arm you with the insights you need to grow and constantly move forward.

The Secret to Innovation at Warby Parker: Think Like a Beginner

Here’s the Roadmap You Need to Create for Your Startup – and Why It’s Important

The E-Myth Principle is Still Alive and Flourishing

How Two Friends Turned Up The Heat and Sold $170k Worth of Spicy Honey in 10 Months

How to Apply ‘Diagram Thinking’ to User Feedback at Your Startup

The Ultimate Guide To Price Strategy

What Designers Can Learn from Product Managers

Choose Boring Technology

Fascinating Early Posts from Tech Founders Who Changed the World

The Principles of UX Choreography

The On-Demand Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

Give Your Product a Beard

Digital Marketing

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You can have a great product or service, but if no one sees it you will never make any money. Now this doesn’t mean you have to hire a marketing firm to help you out, but you could learn some basic things about Internet marketing.

Four Deadly Mistakes That Most Startups Make When They Launch

Why Startups Fail and How to Build Up Interest Before the Launch

Capturing Repeat Customers Is the Magic of Growth Hacking

The Three Dimensions of Content Marketing Strategy for Startups

557 Email Subject Line Hacks to Get You Noticed in the Inbox

10 Email Marketing Campaigns Analyzed to Increase Email Conversions

8 New and Underappreciated Marketing Resources from Google

How to establish your business blog as an authority in your industry

How Persuasion Really Works: The Big Secret Behind Two Remarkable Ads

10 Stats on Why Blog Content Can Be as Valuable (or More) Than Ads

How To Build A Self-Perpetuating Marketing Machine That Reaches Millions By Itself

6 Scientific Principles of Persuasion All Smart Ecommerce Founders Know

Your Business Blog Sweet Spot: How to Find It and Keep It

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Google AdWords

7 Ways That SEO Is Uniquely Important For Entrepreneurs

6 Foundational Ecommerce Marketing Tactics to Stop Your Bucket from Leakin

The Beginners Guide to SEO from Moz

The Beginners Guide to Online Marketing from Neil Patel

The Ultimate Guide to Landing Page Optimization from Unbounce

Startup Marketing is About Priorities (aka Doing Things That Drive ROI)

10 Best Practices for Better B2B Website Experience

8 Lies About Content Marketing You Probably Believe

5 Must-Read Articles to Ramp Up Your Startup Marketing Campaigns

Hiring Staff & Contractors

Function of Leadership is to Produce More Leaders Not More Followers

When you don’t have much cash in the bank, you can’t afford to make hiring mistakes. Sooner or later you are going to have to hire a few employees, so you better know what to look for.

7 Crucial Tips to Remember Before You Hire on oDesk or Elance

The 3 Things Startup Founders Need To Know About HR

Dramatically simple trick to improve hiring at your startup

Onboarding at Percolate – Great example of hiring & onboarding.

Dramatically simple trick to improve hiring at your startup

Hiring Friends: Disastrous, or Smartest Decision You’ll Ever Make?

Don’t Hire Entrepreneurs; Hire Entrepreneurial Spirit

Best Practices For Managing Your Independent Contractors

How to Ensure Your First 2 Sales Reps Actually Work Out

Through the Looking Glass: Hiring Sales People

A Technical Founder’s Notes on Sales Team Management

5 Essential Hiring Tips for Growing Startups

How to Find and Recruit the Team You Need to Build a Successful Business

Better business planning.- Gofullsteam

Trello for hiring – www.breezy.hr

Streamline hiring for on-demand workforces – www.onboardiq.com

Free Online HR Software (Amazing) – Zenefits

General Business Advice & Resources

Hustle-Mantra

Other entrepreneurs have already solved many of the problems you are going to face. So when you run to into these generic problems, here are some websites you can turn to.

Peter Thiels ClassnotesMust Read.

Startup = Growth – Must Read.

The First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in Is You – Must Read.

Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule

Something New Is F-ed Up In My World Every Day

Lies that Losers Tell

Why Investor Updates Are Really, Really Important

Bad Actors, A-Holes, and Being Awesome with People

How to Run Your First Board of Directors Meeting

Imposter Syndrome Is Not Just a Confidence Problem

Do You Feel Pressure or Do You Apply Pressure?

Selling to large organizations? Build an army of internal champions!

22 Awesome Websites with Stunning Free Stock Images

Don’t Worry About Losing All Your Investors’ Money

5 Tips To Make The SaaS Journey More Fun (and Less Stressful)

How to ask powerful sales questions

The Death of Business Casual 

What Frank Underwood Can Teach You About Negotiation

Work and Family Shouldn’t Be Either/Or Choice for Tech Employees

Conclusion

Entrepreneurship is filled with highs and lows. But it’s not a journey anyone has to take alone. With the hundreds of resources available online and with various services like Quora at your fingertips, everything you need to know is available to you.

If there’s a resource that you think needs to be included in our list – Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!

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