Congratulations. You've decided to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. You're about to embark on one of the most rewarding but challenging experiences of your young life.
The great news is that this journey will push you well beyond your limits and push you to grow in ways you can't begin to envision.
The bad news is that you will be operating outside of your comfort zone for a majority of this endeavor.
One of the biggest challenges with navigating the decision to start a business is figuring out the unknown unknowns (yes, that really is a thing). Taking your idea from a concept to a fully functional and profitable business is not an easy task.
To help, we have provided a list of 25 Digital Resources that will prove to be absolutely essential in setting up your online business.
1. Feed Me Ideas:
Every business undertaking begins with an idea. Don't have an idea? No problem. Feed Me Ideas provides an aspiring entrepreneur with a host of ideas to choose from, as well as resources to realize their vision.
It was only a matter of time before the internet disrupted traditional "education". Learn almost ANYTHING. Join over 10 Million students expanding their knowledge and skills.
Also Check Out: Treehouse, Lynda
3. Growth Hacker
Growth Hacker is a learning resource for growing your audience and business. Get access to a community of experts who share actionable knowledge to help you expand your reach.
4. Blue Host
The premier WordPress Hosting provider, Blue Host has been a WordPress preferred vendor for over a decade now. Get easy, one-click setup and world-class customer service.
Pro Tip: I use Blue Host for projects that I do in Wordpress.
Whether you are setting up a website, a blog or an app, WordPress offers the ultimate in customization with no coding required. WordPress now powers over 30% of the web.
Tap offers free, secure and scalable hosting for WordPress sites. An amazing way to get started learning WordPress.
Also Check Out: Wealthy Affiliate
Get web hosting and/or domain products from one of the world's largest Domain Name and Hosting providers.
Pro Tip: I've been using 1and1 for domains and hosting over the last 7 years. Their dashboard is relatively intuitive and simple to navigate.
Also Check Out: GoDaddy
Weebly is a What You See Is What You Get (WYSISYG) interface that powers millions of small business websites around the world. Set up your website in minutes with a simple yet powerful drag and drop interface.
Pro Tip: As an early adopter of Weebly, I've found their dashboard to be simple to use, yet a powerful tool for creating dynamic sites that provide an amazing user experience.
Also Check Out: Wix, SquareSpace
Used by over 10 million professionals, Hootsuite allows you to connect to the most popular social media networks and distribute your content more efficiently. Manage, schedule and analyze your social media marketing strategy on one dashboard.
"A better way to share on Social Media". Buffer allows you to manage multiple social media profiles from one interface.
A network of publishers who recommend each other's content. Get your content in front of more eyes.
12. Sumo Me
A suite of FREE online tools to help you grow your online audience. Expand your reach exponentially with Header Bars, Pop-up Screens and the new Discover Tool.
Pro Tip: I've been using different Sumo Me tools with various levels of success.
An email marketing provider that can significantly increase your visibility.
Also Check Out: MailChimp
14. Lead Pages
Lead Pages provides the tools to create high converting landing pages that help you grow your audience. Efficient and effective online marketing.
15. If This Then That
Automate some of your everyday tasks. ITTT allows you to work smarter not harder.
Pixabay provides high quality photographs made available for use copyright free. Use under Creative Commons CC0
UnSplash provides high quality photos made available by the folks over at Crew.
Build, measure and expand your influence with Klout. Influence is the new digital currency. Measure and grow yours with your Klout Score.
19. Pixlr Express
A simple, efficient yet amazing tool for editing photos. Pixlr Express allows you to create quotes or add a little pizzazz to your gallery.
Pro Tip: I use Pixlr Express to design our Quotes Of The Day. To this day, it is still the most visited page on this site.
With Canva, you can create and design amazing graphics using their simple, yet powerful drop and drag editor.
Pro Tip: I've used Canva to design the covers of my first 3 book projects. Now I simply have to finish writing them.
Easy access to powerful SEO insights. Not only can you measure the Authority of your own site, once installed, this toolbar will provide insights on any website you visit.
22. Pay Pal
Pay Pal is a simple, secure resource for accepting payments online.
Alexa provides deep analytical insights that can help one fully optimize their website business.
24. Rank Active
Rank Active provides the tools you need to track your digital presence and benchmark against your competition. Get the powerful tools necessary to monitor your brand's online impact.
25. Google Analytics
Google is the Big Daddy of Search Engine Optimization. Google Analytics provides in-depth, actionable insights on your site traffic.
GURU Business Name Generator
If you are looking for a unique name for your business, but have hit a wall, this is a pretty cool resource to get the creative juices flowing again.
Your logo is the physical representation of your brand. Design yours free with Logo Garden.
Do you have a resource that you think we should include in our next list? Let us know in the comments below.
Bartholomew J. Worthington III is an anti-establishmentarianist (yes, that's really a thing) with a disdain for the status quo. Author, Coach and Entrepreneurship Evangelist, he relishes spreading the Gospel of Business Ownership.
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