100+ Business Resources for Young Entrepreneurs
I started JuniorBiz because there weren’t enough resources for young entrepreneurs. Through this experience, I’ve found plenty. JuniorBiz will be the best, but these can help too.
Every resource on this list is something I have used to develop as an entrepreneur or to grow as a business. I’ve compiled them here so you can do the same.
Here is a collection of
I know, I know. There aren’t 100+ resources on this list. But there will be. This is a work in progress as I build my business and discover new resources.
Blogs are the most under utilized resource on the Internet. It’s amazing that some of the world’s most intelligent and experienced people offer their advice for free. Yet, they’re doing it and these blogs are the best that I have found.
I read each and everyone one of them on a regular basis and I encourage you to do the same.
14 Clicks is my new site that’s designed and purposed to develop you into the entrepreneur that you want to become. Discover how to become a successful young entrepreneur by following the 14 clicks.
Start here: 61 Steps to Becoming a Successful Young Entrepreneur
IncomeDiary.com is chock-full of interviews with entrepreneurs and has some of the coolest lists on the Internet. This is one of Michael Dunlop’s outrageously successful sites. Here he teaches his secrets.
Start here: Michael’s Story for How He Created IncomeDiary
QuickSprout.com is a site that I found just recently. Neil Patel (the site owner) is a two-time incredibly successful, Internet entreprenuer. But he prefers to write about his biggest mistakes. He has great advice and is insanely humble. Good combo!
Start here: He calls Himself Dumb, Will Always Help, and Will Never Boast
YoungEntrepreneur.com is the top site in the young entrepreneur niche. Brothers, Adam and Matthew Toren, have eclectic entrepreneurial careers and they host the largest young entrepreneur forum on the Internet.
Start here: Drug Commercial Parody for Young Entrepreneur Forums
Blogussion is my favorite blog on the Internet, period. This site completely changed my viewpoint on blogging and I sent Alex Fraiser an email that changed the course of JuniorBiz.com forever. Not to mention, it was started by a 15-year-old!
Start here: 30 Methods for Killing Your Blog Today (first post I remember reading)
If you have even an inkling of interest in writing, read this site. And if you want to figure out how to do Internet marketing the right way, sign-up for their course. Brian Clark knows what he’s doing, period. I will always reference this site when someone asks me if I know a great website.
Start here: Content Marketing 101: An Introduction to Content Marketing
Darren Rowse, from Problogger.net, is given credit as one of the forefathers of blogging. He’s one of the most successful entrepreneurs on the Internet and still gives his advice for free. Admirable.
Start here: What is a Blog?
I used to despise reading when I was younger. But that’s because my teachers made me read that literary stuff that drove me to sleep. It was dreadful.
Now, I love reading because I read books that help me develop as a person and as an entrepreneur. Some people call them “self-help” books, but that has such a negative connotation. I prefer to call them, “books that have taught me great things” and here is a list of them.
All of the links in this section are affiliate links. This means I get a small commission if you choose to purchase one of the books after clicking the link. I don’t get much (4% from Amazon), but I figure I should collect my change.
by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich was introduced to me as the book that most of the world’s billionaires have read. This is an inspirational classic that everyone should read, everyone.
Buy it: Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller
by Michael Gerber
E-Myth is one of those books that is recommended by everyone who reads it. This book will teach you how to go from the technician to the manager to the entrepreneur. It’ll change the way you look at your company.
Buy it: E-Myth Mastery: The Seven Essential Disciplines for Building a World Class Company
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Chip is a professor at Stanford and Heath is a columnist for Fast Company. Entrepreneurs should sell their stories and this book will teach you how to do just that. We used it in one of my Marketing classes at CSU.
Buy it: Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard
It took me exactly one hour to read Who Moved My Cheese? This little gem uses a clever metaphor that teaches you how to accept, anticipate, monitor, adapt, implement and enjoy changes in your life. Some of the world’s largest corporations bought thousands of copies of this book to give to their employees. It’s that important.
Buy it: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Timothy Ferriss
I have yet to read The 4-Hour Workweek, but it’s on my list. This book is a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and is world-renowned blueprint for teaching people how to live more and work less. Sounds good to me…
Buy it: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
by Gary Vaynerchuck
Gary Vaynerchuck has become an Internet phenom and his book has followed suit. Do you have a passion? Gary will show you how to make money by doing the things you love to do.
Buy it: Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
by Guy Kawasaki
Art of the Start has become an entrepreneurial classic. In so many ways, Guy Kawasaki has established himself as the face of entrepreneurship and his advice is timeless. One of my goals in life is to meet this fella!
Buy it: The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
by Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz was a corporate soldier before he started this project. He always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t have any entrepreneurial experience. So he interviewed 50 entrepreneurs and this book is the result. He now has 20 authors writing other 50 interviews books, including me!
Buy it: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs
by Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen is the founder of the ‘Chicken Soup’ series and his latest book showcases 13 of the richest kids in America. This is a great book to inspire young people into entrepreneurship.
Buy it: The Richest Kids In America: How They Earn It, How They Spend It, How You Can Too
by Adam Toren and Matthew Toren
Kidpreneurs is the first book by the founders of YoungEntrepreneur.com. Directly from them, their mission is to empower and educate the future generation of entrepreneurs. Read the review.
Buy it: Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas!
by Shannon Belew and Joel Elad
Buying and reading this book is one of the first things I did when I decided to start an Internet business. Starting an Online Business for Dummies has 840 pages of practical advice for people who don’t know where to start when it comes to Internet business. Plus, it’s 11 great books for the price of one.
Buy it: Starting an Online Business All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
by John Arnold, Ian Lurie, Marty Dickinson, and Elizabeth Marsten
Web Marketing for Dummies is another All-in-One desk reference that I have read from the Dummies series. This puts Internet Marketing into an easy to understand format and, again, it’s eight books in one.
Buy it: Web Marketing All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
by Nick Tart and Emil Motycka
The JuniorBiz Lawn Mowing Guide is my first book! Emil Motycka, the co-author, is paying his entire way through college with his lawn service which is valued between $200K and $300K. This book will teach you everything, EVERYTHING you need to know to have a successful lawn mowing business.
Buy it: JuniorBiz Lawn Mowing Guide
Over the course of building my business I have used and will continue to use other business services. Here I will list the ones I use, like and recommend that you use.
Vistaprint is known across the entrepreneurial community as the website you use to get 250 free business cards. The catch is that they include their logo on the back. You can pay a couple bucks to remove it and you have to pay shipping. Nonetheless, 250 business cards for $10 is a steal.
Go there: 250 “Free” Business Cards and Loads of Other “Free” Stuff
I used CreateSpace, affiliated with Amazon, to self-publish my book. It’s relatively simple to use and has the best pay-out structure. If you plan on ordering in small volumes (under 100), then they’re the best.
Go there: Your Book Self-Published for About $15 (includes a proof)
I tried UPS once. They were going to charge me $12.54 to ship a book I sold for $11.95. I got it down to about $4. Then I discovered the Postal Service only charges $2.24. Plus, the people in there are nice.
Go there: Ship Things Through USPS (especially books and other informational materials)
Save time and money with Stamps.com. Try it now!
I looked all over the Internet for cheap shipping supplies and finally came to Uline.com. They have great prices, bulk discounts and I’ve never had an issue. They are my shipping supplies supplier, until further notice.
Go there: Cardboard Boxes, Shipping Supplies, Packaging Materials
There are thousands of tools on the Internet that claim to help expand your business and explode your profits. By running an Internet-based business, I’ve tested a lot of these tools and here I’ve listed the good ones.
Some of these resources are affiliate links. Meaning, I get a commission if you purchase one of these products or services after clicking on the link. You should know that I’m not making these recommendations because of my commissions. The affiliate programs are merely a bonus to sharing the best resources on the Internet.
If you want to build a content-based site, use WordPress. It’s the premiere blogging platform. There’s no need to do any more research because there’s no contest. Note, most hosting services offer a quick install of WordPress so you don’t have to set it up yourself.
Get it: Download the Latest Release of WordPress
Do you like my design? This is a highly customized version of the Thesis Theme by Chris Pearson. You see it everywhere because it’s the best theme on the Internet, hands down. If you don’t want to fall behind, you better have this theme.
Get it: Thesis Demo Site — See the Thesis Theme in action! (this is an affiliate link)
I use PayPal to process my online sales because it’s the best merchant service in the world. It was easy for me to set it up and customers trust PayPal with their information. And it’s really simple to transfer payments directly to my bank account.
Get it: Use PayPal to Process Your Online Payments (this is an affiliate link)
I can’t say that Aweber is the best email marketing service because I haven’t used them all. But I can say that some of the most influential websites (i.e. Copyblogger, IncomeDiary, etc.) use it as their auto-responder.
Get it: Aweber Email Marketing (this is an affiliate link)
Massdomains.com is the site I use to buy and host domains. The owner, Greg Jelniker, is on my Board of Advisors and I will always use their services. They have some of the cheapest prices for domains and their hosting is the same as GoDaddy, just less expensive. Oh yeah, and they have the simple, WordPress auto-install.
Go there: Domains, Hosting, Site builders, SSL certificates, etc.
Twitter is, of course, the largest micro-blogging platform on the web. It allows you to let people know what you’re thinking and doing. But more importantly, it’s the easiest way to connect and develop professional relationships with people who can help you. Follow JuniorBiz. (accounts for ~4% of my traffic)
Get started: Open a Twitter Account
Facebook is another social media tool you should use as a young entrepreneur. Every business, no matter the size, should have a fan page. Facebook is the most widely used social media website so it has the highest potential for people to be able to connect with you. Become a JuniorBiz Fan. (accounts for ~2% of my traffic)
Get started: Create a Facebook Page
LinkedIn is the largest professional networking channel on the Internet. I don’t use LinkedIn as much as I should. If you want an easy way to follow up with people you meet, used LinkedIn. Add me to your network. (accounts for less than 1% of my traffic)
Get started: Create a LinkedIn Profile
Analytics is the tool I use to figure out where my traffic comes. This is a free tool offered by Google and it is, by far, the best, free website analysis tool. As far as I’m concerned, every website should have Analytics on it and it’s relatively simple to set up.
Get started: Create an Analytics Account for Your Site
FeedBurner is another free tool offered by Google. It allows people to simply subscribe to your website. Once you update your blog, the subscribers will automatically get an email or it will show up in their reader.
Get started: Burn Your Feed and Offer Email Subscriptions
I was recently turned on to this resource by an article on Blogussion, and I can’t stress enough how easy it is to use. Go there. Create an account. Type in the things you need to do when you need to do them. Cross them off. It’s that simple.
Get started: Make Your To-Do List With Teux Deux
W3Schools offers the world’s best tutorials for HTML, CSS and other programming tutorials. It’s how I learned basic Internet coding and I make sure all of my clients take the same tutorials before I finish their websites. In fact, I’ve gone through these tutorials a couple times.
Get started: Learn HTML and CSS (the basics)
Through building my business I have been able to interact with a couple awesome non-profits that have the same mission as I do — to teach entrepreneurship to young people. The growth of these organizations is amazing and it inspires me to know that entrepreneurship is stirring in the hearts of young people around the world.
Junior Achievement is a gigantic network of over 300,000 volunteers and over 9 million students with a common interest in entrepreneurship. They could grow faster, but they need more volunteers to teach the classes. I’m one, you should be too.
Find one near you: Junior Achievement operates on every continent except Antarctica
Lemonade Day is hosting a national lemonade day on May 2nd, 2010. This will be their third year and, like JA, they are growing rapidly and need more volunteers. If they are coming to your city, you should give them a hand. I’m going to be one of the Denver volunteers next year!
Find one near you: Lemonade Day will be operating in 13 cities
If you know of any other entrepreneurial resources I should check out, let me know in the comments area below. I’m constantly updating this list and I would love your input.