If you are looking for resources to start as an entrepreneur or if you already are an entrepreneur and you want something to enrich your skill set, check out this list.
Linkedin is one of the largest social networks with a database of business professionals. You can use it to enrich your social business circles and connect to new professionals. This is a useful platform to look for strategic partnerships, hire your new employees, seek for investors or simply reinforce your branding.
Startup Grind is one of the largest communities for entrepreneurs. Access a #community of more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs across 600 cities in 125 countries along with rich content that you will find useful for your business. The #StartupGrind platform also organizes monthly events in various countries where members, whether investors or founders, usually share lessons and advice
Startup will provide you with courses that meet your needs. Through collaboration with prestigious universities including Stanford or HEC, you may also obtain online degrees while enriching your skillset. Entrepreneurship #courses can be found easily on the platform at a very affordable cost. This is a unique chance to enjoy the same lessons many successful entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley did enjoy.
VentureBeat is a unique tool for any founder. Information is key for business success, and getting the right news at the right time can be a game changer for your business. It provides news about the venture capital industry and can be a resourceful platform to find data about investors and competitors #funding.
Quora is probably the go to place for any question you want to find an answer in the instant. It is the most popular question and answer #onlineforum. It has been able to attract relevant professionals and experts in different fields. Organized by topics, search for the “Startup Founders and Entrepreneurs” topic or simply look for keywords to find quality answers to any question you are asking yourself. If you do not find anything, feel free to ask a question. You also have the opportunity to ask for reputable authors to answer to maximise the chance of getting an answer from people with a track record of starting and running a business.
HubSpot and other blogs
There are plenty of blogs out there with useful stories and resources for startups. Yet if we were to recommend one, it would be HubSpot’s co-founder’s, Dharmesh Shah. On her blog, you will surely value the insights and other tips to prepare for situations similar to the ones she came across on her way to building a multi-billion dollar company.
Youtube has a large and diversified database of videos. One of the topic we do value most on Youtube is TedTalks. This is a popular conference presenting “Ideas Worth Spreading”, a thematic conference with some of the brightest and world-renowned minds featured and speaking. Most #Tedtalks will be informative and inspirational for your entrepreneur journey.
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
The best book for any new entrepreneur is certainly Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Yves Pigneur and Alexander Osterwalder. It provides a good visual guide to get inspired by different business models across different industries and existing companies. The Business Model Generation Canvas is a strong tool for any entrepreneur at any stage to design its new model or reinvent it.
Co-Working Spaces are ecosystems of entrepreneurs where you can thrive as an individual. Taking a desk at a #coworking space as a new entrepreneur will not only put you in a work environment and help you get into a work routine, it will also help you establish new connections locally with like minded entrepreneurs and potential clients or partners.
In each country where Early Capital Group has a presence, we have developed strong ties with local co-working operators to find you good deals.
Early Capital Group
Early Capital Group’s own rich proprietary database of content is one of the most complete tools to build your venture and set your mindset right. It is the best complement to Early Capital Advisor offering to help you tackle any situation you are facing or problems you are solving as an entrepreneur.
Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task. It actually will prove to be even tougher than you thought as it does require a complete set of skills. The 10 resources in this list are designed to help strengthen your business model but also to help you prepare your mindset to face every difficulty lying ahead.