Recommended Resources For Entrepreneurs
Discover handy recommended resources for entrepreneurs such as recommended books, software, and sites that will make
starting your own business easier.
Dear BizPassion Readers,
You asked. And I answered. Below are recommended resources for entrepreneurs - books, productivity tools and other resources to help you to develop your entrepreneurial mindset and become the successful entrepreneur you were made to be.
Resources For Entrepreneurs - Recommended Books
|The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything|
Loved the 'action ability' of this book!
Think of this book as the a one-on-one conversation with a no-holds barred no-nonsense kind of guy who holds your feet to the fire and really makes you think long and hard about WHAT, exactly, is behind your desire to start your own business.
|;||Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life|
I read this book years ago, and still glean from it's simple reminder that life REALLY is about maintaining an evolving perspective and the impact of remaining flexible and fluid in the midst of change.
|Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die|
I must admit. I've read this book a number of times - there is so much richness to consider with this one. When you consider any 'Resources For Entrepreneurs' list has to include a resource that will help you to communicate your ideas in a way that people can 'get'.
Explaining your business idea so that others can relate and 'get' it usually part art and part science.
|EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches|
This book initially took me by surprise. I'm a big Dave Ramsey fan, but when I initially began to read it - many of the words of advice seemed general.
But, I had gone through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and knew that there HAD to be more to it. So I stuck to it, and boy, am I glad I did.
|Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action|
When starting your business, it helps to maintain a fixed eye on your BIG WHY. Why IS it that your business REALLY exists? What is it's purpose?
The reality of starting a business means that you will juggle many things. But in the midst of juggling, never loose sight of your 'Big Why'.
|The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You|
As an entrepreneur, you are a visionary and a leader. A part of your entrepreneurial mindset has to be develop the thoughts, actions, and behavior of a leader.
Maxwell teaches you simple leadership principles that will help your entrepreneurial endeavors to flourish. He teaches principles like "Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand" and "People buy into the leader, then the vision."
As you grow your business forward, you need to be mindful of the type of leader you are to your vision, your business, and to those customers who value what you offer.
|9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life: A Psychologist Learns from His Patients What Really Works and What Doesn't|
This book gives you perspective on how to keep your vision moving forward. Entrepreneurial mindset is really about maintaining perspective on how to keep you vision moving in spite of obstacles.
|The One Thing You Need to Know: ... About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success|
|I've read this book a few times too. It gives insight into sustained success and the characteristics and perspectives of successful being a successful leader, a successful manager, as well as being a successful individual contributor.|
Recommended Productivity Tools
Planning, executing and scratching things off of your to-do list is something many entrepreneurs have to come to grips with. Below are tips, strategies and productivity and other recommended resources for entrepreneurs - tools that I recommend to help keep your business building efforts targeted, on-track, and organized.
Springpad is one tool I use to help me keep my thoughts and ideas organized. It's a free web, android and iphone app that allows you to create virtual 'notebooks' that allow you to create checklists, notes, and your thoughts all in one place - accessible online, on your phone, or on your ipad
|Xmind is a perfect brainstorming tool for visual thinkers. I'm a mind mapping enthusiast and this is one of the easiest, most powerful mind-mapping programs I use.|
|Boomerang for Email|
|Helps you to keep a tamer email inbox. Works with Google email to give you a way to 'action' your emails and set them on a reminder status.|
|A rss news reader to help you consolidate all of the feeds of your favorite blogs and sites in one place.|
|MarketMeSuite (also popular is: HootSuite)|
|A way to organize, view and schedule your social media posts in an inbox/outbox type of setting.|
|THE champion tool for setting up an auto-responder series for your business.|
|One of my favorite sites to find freelancers who post their services for $5. You can outsource a variety of quality providers and really unique offerings on this site.|
Resources For Entrepreneurs - Recommended Web Hosts/Blogging Platforms
There's so much pressure to develop a web-presence these days. Below are a few recommended website building recommendations that may be worth your consideration.
This is the web host I use. It's part web-host, part-online business training. When I started building my website years ago, I didn't have a clue on what I was doing. This web-host embraces you and will give you a hand-in-hand experience of building an online business/website that will get traffic and win hearts.
There are millions of users who use (and love) WordPress. It's a very popular platform that you can use to start your blog quickly. But, take heed, there is still a small learning curve and you will need to give yourself the time to learn how to build your blog effectively.
This is a great site to use when you are unsure of whether or not you have the sustainable will to maintain a website or blog. It's free way to test your hands at building your own website (without committing to the initial costs)
Resources For Entrepreneurs - Recommended Graphic Design/Imaging Software And Sites
What resources for entrepreneurs is complete without highlighting software and sites that will make it easy to create and edit your own images. As a newly minted entrepreneur, you will want the capability to create your own graphics, below are a few graphic resources that will make your imaging adventures a little easier.
|Free paint program that gives you the flexibility to create and edit your images. It's very intuitive and easy to use.|
|Another free paint program. I like Inkscape better when I need to design a more precise image.|
|A free screenshot program that works like a charm.|
|An easy to use online place to create a post-card like image. They make it easy to find the perfect picture for any of your project needs.|
|A free stock image site that will give you access to a great array of stock images.|
Here's To Your Success With Starting A Business That Makes An Impact!
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