Building a business is hard, whether this is your first rodeo or you are a serial entrepreneur. Questions abound and it can be difficult to figure out what your next steps should be or just exactly how to proceed. Below are a number of blogs and resources for entrepreneurs that are chock full of seasoned advice and meeting places to talk with people who have been there and done that.
An open forum for entrepreneurs to ask questions and interact with like-minded people and experts such as Tim O’Reilly (Founder of Maker Faire) and Guy Kawasaki (respected marketer and former Chief Evangelist of Apple).
Practical, simple and effective marketing advice for small businesses. The content is straightforward and easy to implement as you begin developing your own marketing strategy.
“Factory Sourcing Made Easy” — America's best factories in one place. A new player to the game, having launched in November 2012, they have sourced the best USA-based manufacturers to help you create your products stateside. They also have a forum with a growing list of Q&A’s with other makers.
“A global network that connects entrepreneurs with their communities and the resources they need most.” Or, in other words, meet other entrepreneurs in your city and state and connect with resources and people who can help you grow your business.
The master marketer never ceases to seed you with wondrous marketing ideas and he has a knack for making high concept ideas easy to understand and accessible.
Podcast interviews with “entrepreneurs you admire [who] teach you how to build your business.” Their “mission is to give you an alternative to the ‘know-it-all, professional gurus.’... to show you that the best way to grow is to learn from a mix of smart people who are willing to share their expertise and experiences.” Featured companies include Kiva, Holstee, Groupon and Wikipedia.
Still hungry for more? Here are some tools to find other resources:
Twitter Search: Easily find and connect with people, businesses and organizations pertinent to your business or craft.
Google Blog Search: The power of Google laser-focused specifically to search for blogs you are interested in.
Alltop: One of the best visual RSS readers out there. You can build custom pages around your interests and it is exceptionally easy to setup.
You’ve heard from us, but now we want to hear from you! What are your go-to resources? What blogs do you follow that stretch your ideas or provide golden nuggets time and time again? Share in the comments below!