Are you a budding entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurship is the art of being an Entrepreneur, which is evident, but what exactly is an Entrepreneur? An entrepreneur takes day-to-day decisions in managing resources and owns a business. Entrepreneurship is the practice of starting new businesses or revitalising existing ones. The term can range from a single self-employed person with a business to major undertakings where capital ventures and funding are needed in order to raise capital to build the business. To be a successful Entrepreneur takes determination, will-power, strength and independence accompanied by a great desire to achieve positive results. Insight, creativity and sometimes deceptiveness are also needed without appearing too over-confident or too over-optimistic. In 1959 it was stated that there are four types of Entrepreneurs – the innovator, the calculating inventor, the over-optimistic promoter and the organisation builder. Listed below are the best sites on the Internet for obtaining information on entrepreneurship, which in today’s economic climate is extremely valuable. The sites provide facts, advice, tips, up-to-date news and funding news and all information that is necessary to become a successful Entrepreneur.
1) Entrepreneurship.org – www.entrepreneurship.org
The site was constructed as a free resource to help build the entrepreneurial economy. The information range is vast and can assist entrepreneurs, business mentors, policy makers, academics and investors. Resources can be found for launching a company with information on policies, accounting, marketing, human resources and business operations. The types of resources are videos, links, blog, files, articles and audio with the most important topics being highlighted. A section dedicated to the news shows all the latest posts and events and you can share your opinions in the ‘sandbox’.
2) Entrepreneur – www.entrepreneur.com
The site ranks very high on Alexa.com most probably on account of the vast amount of information that it contains. There are ‘how-to’ guides and ‘start-ups’ for finance, business ideas and home-based businesses along with a complete section for money stating information on personal finances, accounting, taxes and payment collections. Further sections can be found on marketing, technology and franchises with the latest and trending topics highlighted. Books, magazines and videos are offered and there’s even a huge section dedicated for the young entrepreneurs out there called Young Entrepreneur.
3) Kauffman – www.kauffman.org
The Kauffman foundation was named after the late entrepreneur Ewing Marion Kauffman and was established in the 1960s in Kansas. The site looks at entrepreneurship in youth, the minority, globally, financially and economically with resources in blog, articles, videos, magazines and reports. Innovation, education and policies can be researched with the latest topics and news advertised. Full details on the foundation along with grants and sponsorship are stated on the site and you can ‘stay connected’ to the site through news-feed.
4) NFTE.com – www.nfte.com
The network for teaching entrepreneurship is a dedicated team of professionals with experience in their designated fields who are dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship to young people from low-income communities. Links are provided for information on volunteering, teaching and donating with further information being available in blog and videos. Details are provided on job opportunities, starting a program and funding with resources being available for teachers, alumni, administrators, entrepreneurs and policymakers. Full details about the company can be found with contact and donations being welcome.
5) International Entrepreneurship – www.internationalentrepreneurship.com
The International Entrepreneurship was founded in 2001 and claims to have taught thousands of people all around the world how to become entrepreneurs. Each continent and country can be selected to reveal relevant information on entrepreneurship with sections for international entrepreneurship and activities. A special section is dedicated to schools for startups offering details on finding high-paying marketing jobs and full details about the companies are given on the site.
6) Zeromillion.com – www.zeromillion.com
This site contains advice for entrepreneurs, business people and marketers. Information can be found on entrepreneurship, business, investing, economy and marketing with resources from the library, eBooks, videos and articles and also posts, threads and discussions in the forum. Featured articles and the latest news are highlighted and information can be found on Virante which offers a new programme for marketing.
7) Techrunch.com – http://techcrunch.com/
One of the best and most visited Tech sites around, owned by AOL, Techcrunch is ranked very high on Alexa.com, most definitely on account of the vast amount of information it contains and the simplistic layout of the site, which is very user-friendly. The site is dedicated to profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products and bringing the latest technology news. The database contains information on startup companies (through Crunchbase), people and investors and is used by technology companies for statistical purposes. Techcrunch has over 2 million friends in the social network community and is a must-view for all budding entrepreneurs.
8) Inc.com – http://www.inc.com/
Inc is known for publishing Inc. magazine, which has been in print for more than 30 years. Useful information can be found for entrepreneurs via articles, tools, how-to’s, videos, newsletters and links. The magazine can be viewed online with facts and advice given on starting a business, running a business, finance, leadership and management, sales and marketing, technology and innovation. Top columnists and most viewed articles are highlighted and full details of the company along with subscription can be found on the site.
9) Springwise.com – http://www.springwise.com/
Springwise.com has a database of over 4,000 start-up ideas for entrepreneurs that can be filtered by country or industry. Signing-up is free and there are many articles and videos containing entrepreneurial ideas. There is a daily or weekly free newsletter and all the latest news and updates are advertised. There is a feature for ‘special folders’, which permits individual files to be downloaded and stored and details to the instant access project can be found on the site.
10) Thefunded.com – http://www.thefunded.com/
The funded.com is an online community of over 18,000 CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs to discuss fund-raising, review and rate investors for strategies to grow startup businesses. Advice and articles are rated and information can also be found in the showcase and in the various venture capital sections. The latest comments and reviews are highlighted and the discussions can be sorted by date and voted upon. There is a FAQ section and help is offered throughout the site. Sign up to the site is encouraged in order to receive the newsletter and comment on any of the articles.