It may be a daunting time to start a business where businesses now are more competitive and global-oriented. But with sturdy foundation, you can achieve success with whatever niche you may want to bank on. Here are some sites to inspire you to start your own business.
Entrepreneur is a global online e-magazine that provide various topics in the world of business. From latest updates in the technology world, you’re sure to find something that will perk your interest. Topics range from startup to businesses innovation. For the newbie, this is a good place to start learning the loops of how to start your own business and learn from prominent figures such as Richard Brandson of Virgin Group.
Entrepreneur also tackles topics such as handling employee conflict, creative ways to retain employees and the impact of company culture to keeping the best people in your team. Not only that, those who are already in business will also get to learn the latest methods to keeping their business afloat and competitive in this age of rapid changes.
My Own Business is another website resource for those who’d want to start their business. Individuals who wanted to learn the business disciplines of starting or expanding one will find this site suited for them. These courses are offered for free, so you can take advantage of the learning materials provided in the site.
As mentioned above, there are two categories. ‘Starting a business’ course tackles the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, step-by-step approach to deciding a business niche and creating a strategy. ‘Business expansion’ takes a more in-depth approach and focuses on income flow, accounting controls, and damage control plans. Each course has a session feedback and quiz to help you review and apply these lessons on real-life situations.
BizFilings by CT is also another source of online e-learning platform to help startups. It covers various topics that startups are likely to encounter such as running a business, taxes, insurance and copyrighting ideas to name a few. On the left corner, topics are listed per category. By clicking the category, you’ll be directed to a specific topics under each category. Some learning materials are downloadable, so you’ll be able to check into these topics offline.
If you’re living in the U.S, you can check out the ‘States’ portion. Once you click a state, you’ll be able to see the corporation formation requirements, costs and other necessities to forming a corporation. Overall, this site provides a more in-depth discussion about business and may be suitable for those familiar with the basics.
Looking into more details on how to run a startup business? School for Startups is a curriculum-based e-learning site that guides startups from turning their ideas into a legit business. Modules are provided for free and are categorized into: entrepreneurship, finding ideas, building business identity, how to get funding, finding products to sell, how to sell, exporting products, service-based businesses, creating a business plan, franchising, buying a business without cashing out, social entrepreneurship and valuating and exit strategies in case your business model fails. Content from site will work well as a supplementary resource.
SME Toolkit is another supplementary site you can learn with starting a business. It features articles about accounting and finance, business planning, human resources, exporting, legal and insurance, marketing and sales, technology and operations. It also has an e-learning category where it visually teaches guidelines, topics and other aspects of business such as balance sheets and income flow that’s integral for business growth.
If you’re looking for an additional resource to compliment your current understanding on how to go about with your business, then SME Toolkit is the right site for that. You’ll find that reading materials are clear and concise that will go well with your basic know-how about running a business.
Experience will teach you well that business is not for the faint hearted. Many business people had gone through trials and failures before really achieving the ‘peak’ of their success. Anticipate the downtimes and never shut down possibilities because of one ‘missed’ opportunity. Keep pushing through and you’ll be on your way to success!