Every entrepreneur faces the same question: How do I start? Figuring out where and how to get this information can be pretty confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. Below are a “starter pack” of blogs that provide information to build up essential skills an entrepreneur should have in order to be successful.
Skill Type: Product Inspiration
Fast Company provides a “business creativity” style blog that can inspire you to innovate in different ways. The blog highlights problems that people face and the unique ways businesses innovate solutions to solve them. Creative products are frequently posted, as well as interviews of the people who created them.
Skill Type: Living on a small budget
When you are starting off as an entrepreneur, most of your money is going into the business. As a result, you need to spend your money very wisely to make the most of it. WiseBread teaches you how to save money in smart ways. When you save money, you can put more money into your business and have a better chance at succeeding.
Skill Type: Tech Startups
Right now is the “gold rush” of tech startups. They are low cost and grow exponentially. Everyone wants to have the next big tech company. VentureBeat allows you to keep up to date with the most recent news in Silicon Valley and gain an edge on what is currently working for these companies.
Skill Type: Storytelling
Storytelling is essential to get people to develop an emotional connection with your product. While it’s not exactly a blog, Chris Brogun’s newsletter offers many valuable tips on how to create a better story to persuade your customers that your product is what they need.
Skill Type: Small Businesses
Marketing profs is a great blog to learn from if you want to start a small business. There are many struggles that small businesses face that other businesses don’t and this blog gives insight from other small businesses and how they overcame these obstacles.
Skill Type: Marketing
How do you find your target audience? How do you make your website user friendly for every customer no matter what? Hubspot has the answer to that. To be successful in business, not only do you need to be able to make your product great, but you need to know how to reach the people you want to sell to! What makes Hubspot the most unique, is how they advertise their products by GIVING information.
Skill Type: Finance
Every entrepreneur needs to know how to manage money. Period. If you don’t understand basic financial vocabulary, then how can you be taken seriously by investors? Investopedia is the perfect place to refine this knowledge. It is full of seminars, definitions, and examples to get you up to speed on how the financial side of a business works.
3. Neil Patel
Skill Type: SEO
SEO is what makes your website more visible to other people. For example, if someone searches “best places to eat in ___”, is your website the first result that comes up, or is it 100 pages back? Neil Patel teaches you how to improve this. Understanding Google’s search engine is essential to gain the edge on competition and make more money.
Skill Type: Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur conversations
Quora is a great way to actually SPEAK to successful entrepreneurs. Prominent people like Mark Cuban and Mark Zuckerburg use Quora often and answer questions. Read them to gain insight on how they think and tackle problems.
Skill Type: Current Events
And finally, the biggest tool for entrepreneurs: And information hub! Forbes provides non stop updates on current events so you can make moves based on what the general public is up to. ALWAYS stay up to date with what is going on. It doesn’t matter what sector you decide to go into, you will find that staying up to date with current events helps keep your company relevant and prepare for the future.