Undoubtedly, there are thousands of great websites for those of us who own or run a business. Below is our curated list (as much as we could boil it down, it was tough!) of the sites we think you should bookmark. P.S., This is not a sponsored post.
The Small Business Administration’s website is one of the resources that should be on your go-to list. With everything from starting, to launching, to running your business and more, you can rely on this government-provided content for lots of helpful things.
One of the internet’s best resources for entrepreneurial minded and curious individuals. Just sort of a go-to when it comes to being in biz for yourself.
CoSchedule is an amazing content calendar and social media publishing website. It has a great, intuitive interface that makes it super-easy to use, whether its on your desktop, tablet, or phone. We use it daily, we love it so much! #notanad #notsponsored
Simply put, we love And.co. We entrust our bookkeeping to it, we use it for time tracking, proposals, contracts, invoices and forecasting. The best feature? It’s 100% FREE. And it has fabulous customer support. Seriously, a no brainer.
Rip.l is a FABULOUS resource for making animated videos for social media. But don’t worry – no motion graphics degree needed. Seriously, if you want any kind of traction and engagement from your social audience – which you should – you should be using an app like Rip.l.
6. Google‘s GSuite
Sort of a no-brainer and an obvious choice as part of our list. (So obvious we almost skipped right over it!) Google has all sorts of free tools beyond search and email – Their GSuite is chock-full of tools like Sites, Slides, Sheets, Forms and Drive…all of which are free (up to a certain storage amount) and could easily replace the paid Microsoft versions. (Sorry Microsoft.)
If you’re a list-making, project management junkie (like we are), you’ll love Asana. In Hindi, Asana means “to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed”, which is exactly how the platform leaves you feeling each day. You’ll have a wonderful feeling of control over all of the tasks you need to do, all of the collaborations you’re working on, and a fabulous bird’s eye view of your professional life.
Touted as one of the best email marketing automation platforms out there, this multi-task website should be in every small to medium sized business owner’s bookmark bar. Not only is it easy to set up, but it’s drag and drop interface makes it perfect for non-coders. Best of all, the basic plan is free.
If you are working with a team, this desktop messaging app (also available as a mobile app) is a great way to communicate, send files, and group message – all without having to email or touch your phone. It also seamlessly integrates with many of the apps on this list and lets you voice or video call when the typing gets tiring. Basically, it just makes your workflow better.
If you’re a Mom, Cozi is a great mobile app that helps organize the family side of your responsibilities. You can do things like meal plan and keep the family’s schedule, share a calendar with your kids or husband, and basically have a go-to spot for all things “household”.
This great, free resource is the perfect combination of simple and sophisticated. Nothing to download, just log in and with the click of a button, you can conference or share your screen (or both) using a simple link. Bonus: Their hold music is the best!
Obviously, we love Squarespace for how how simple the interface is. Blogging couldn’t be simpler and it comes free with every site. You can even do it right from your phone and it offers great social sharing as well, for each post.
This is a fabulous online printing website with lots of templates and other resources. Just trust us.
Headlines and thought leadership all focusing on women in business. Bookmark this one, stat!
Similar to BizWomen, Women Entrepreneur is the female-centric version of Entrepreneur.com. Featuring inspiring stories, eLearning courses, and all around tips for business, this site should be on your daily read list for sure.
Great for keeping track of all of your financial accounts in one spot, this handy site is also a mobile app and will send reminders when bills are due, when you have a low balance, or when you’ve reached a financial goal.
Barbara is one of our favorite insta follows. What’s so inspiring about her is that she came from nothing, worked hard to get what she wanted, and never gave up. She’s one of the country’s most wealthy entrepreneurs, and we love seeing what she’s up to behind the scenes. She even has her own podcast, Business Unusual, and we also enjoyed her episode on Guy Raz’s podcast How I Built This.
Sarah Blakely is the founder of Spanx. She invested her life savings at age 27 and hasn’t looked back. Follow this mother of four on Instagram for inspirational behind-the-scenes insights on her business and life.
If you’re ever looking to gather information from customers or potential customers, Survey Monkey is a great tool. Create a survey and add it to an email, webpage or receipt and have the results sent directly to your email inbox. They have a great, free plan but you can get even more features and functionality with their paid packages.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is the resource you need to trademark or patent one of your product or services. Lots of information about the process, right on the website, as well as online applications and more.
21. HubSpot’s Blog
Simply put, one of the best marketing blogs in the industry. Check it out if you’re any level of interested in being successful with your marketing efforts – from novice to expert, you’re bound to learn something new.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn a certain software, you’d be right in line with many other business owners. Every now and then, we all need to – but resources like YouTube tutorials and Google searches can be hit or miss. We recommend this eLearning website, owned by LinkedIn, for the most in-depth and up-to-date information about whatever you want to learn.
Speaking of LinkedIn, if you’re not using this social media giant by now, you’re missing out majorly. Not only does the site provide free networking opportunities, but it also offers job posting capabilities, relevant articles, eLearning courses, and lead generation through LinkedIn Premium.
This part of Design Sponge website offers lots of really great profiles and stories about female entrepreneurs, with fantastic advice geared toward some of the unique experiences and challenges businesswomen face.
25. Under 30 CEO
Geared towards younger entrepreneurs, this is a URL you should bookmark for inspiring articles, courses and their podcast if you want fun and useful info on how to start and run your own business, whether it’s a side hustle or your full-time livelihood.
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