Best Startup Resources
Need some help getting your new business off the ground? No matter what the purpose of your business is, the initial start-up phase can be difficult. That is why it is so important to know what startup resources and tools are available to help you succeed. There startup resources can help you with everything from how to set up your business to how to analyze your statistics and data. Here are some of the best resources for startups that are available.
Resources to help you with legal advice and setting up your business
There are rules, laws, and guidelines that all businesses must follow. In fact, they are all held to the same standards. Before you do anything else, it is important for you to have the legal right to call your new business a “business”, otherwise, it is just an “idea”. It is important to note that not having the proper legal rights in place essentially cost you your business, your resources, and your reputation. Go to LegalZoom.com, a great place to check legal facts for your startup business. Also, visit Docracy.com for public legal documents and contracts.
Resources to help you establish a strong media presence
We live in a day and age that is digital, so social media presence is really important to get the word out about your business. It is important to, first, secure a domain name. I personally use GoDaddy.com, but there are many good domain name providers including hover.com, domaintower.com, domains. Google, panabee.com, register.com, and cheapdomains.com. Next, create a LinkedIn account, a Twitter account, a Facebook account, and a website that are all dedicated to your business [and that are preferably all the same handle (user name)]. Be sure to post daily to grab SEO (higher rank on search engines), as well as to grow your audience. Try Squarespace, a website builder that is easy to use.
Market research resources
It is important for you to research about your investors, your desired clients, and your desired team members. Make sure you gather as much information as possible so that you can put together a well-researched marketing plan. So, do your homework. A good place to start is f6s.com, where founders can collaborate about different markets and business ideas. You may also find useful information on Tropical MBA where there are 250 episodes on starting up your own business.
Resources to help entrepreneurs be more productive
There are so many tools out there to not only make entrepreneurship easier, but also make it easy to keep your team on the same page and up-to-date. Here are some of the best productivity resources and tools for entrepreneurs:
- Dropbox.com: a great place to keep all company documents to make them accessible for everyone.
- Stormboard.com: essentially digital sticky notes to keep all your ideas in one place
- Zoom.com: basically, a business version of Skype that allows you to create an online board room for meetings
- Intercom.com: a friendly place to chat with your customers and it adds helpful widgets to your website for customer interaction
- Streak.com: a CRM plugin that allows you to share your sales leads through Gmail.
- Google Analytics (https://analytics.google.com): a free place for analyzing your website traffic stats and conversion rates
- Fiverr.com: a site where you can pay $5 (or a little more) to get a plethora of help ranging from copywriting, to logo design, to business advice.
- Crowdfunding.com: a place to raise awareness about your startup and get community financial assistance
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