Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?

Quiz: Are You Tough Enough? – Success

Considering Entrepreneurship? How to Know If You Should Take the Plunge – Under30CEO

How to Decide if Entrepreneurship is Right for You – Wall Street Journal

Don’t Kid Yourself: Launching a Business is Hard Work! – Entreprenista

Top Five Characteristics of a Successful Entreprenista – Entreprenista

 

Choosing a Business

Discover Your Purpose

How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose – Lifehack

How to Find Your Life Purpose: 25 Discovery Questions – Prolific Living

Avoid Business Burnout by Asking Yourself These 10 Questions – Entreprenista

Pick a Niche

How To Choose A Niche (Quick Exercise) – Click Newz

8 ways to define your niche – Small Biz Survival

Business Model Options

What Exactly is a Business Model? – TechCrunch

Choosing a Business Model – Startup Nation

How to Choose the Right Business Model – Entrepreneur Jungle

Business Ideas

Business Idea Center – Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs, Start Your Engines: 100 Business Ideas You Can Drive Home Today – YoungEntrepreneur

 

Business Planning

Research

Is Your Business Idea Feasible? – Smarta

Is Your Business Model Viable? An 8-Point Test – Investopedia

10 Tips on How to Research Your Competition – Inc

Create a Business Plan

How Do I Create a Business Plan? – Lifehacker

The One-Page Business Plan [pdf] – The $100 Startup

The Right-Brain Business Plan Kit [Product]

 

Crafting Your Business Identity

Your Company Name

10 Rules for Picking a Company Name – CNN Money

How to Choose the Best Name For Your Business – Inc

Your Tagline

How to Create a Rock-Solid Tagline That Truly Works – Copyblogger

How to Create an Unforgettable Slogan – Simplimation

Your Domain Name

How to Register a Domain Name – Step by Step Guide – Blogging24H

Your Principles

How to Create Your Mission, Vision, and Values Statements – Network Solutions

Your Logo

How to Create a Logo – Entrepreneur

Your Marketing Collateral

4 Types of Business Cards for Small Business Owners – Small Business Bonfire

10 Commandments of Correct Business Card Marketing – PrintRunner

55 Business Card Designs for Your Creative Inspiration (With Tutorials) – Will Sherwood

Some Tips In Creating Consistent Marketing Collaterals – Site Pro News

Your Social Media Identity

Claim Your Business Name On Social Media – Social Media DIY Workshop

Your Website

How to Design the Best Website for Your Business – Inc

How to: Self-Hosted WordPress Website Setup Step-By-Step – My Local Business Online

50+ Powerful WordPress Business Themes – Tripwire Magazine

 

Nuts and Bolts

Legal

How to Form a Business Entity: Choosing the Right Structure for You – Entreprenista

Filing a DBA Versus Forming a Corporation or LLC -StartupNation

Register Your Fictitious or “Doing Business As” (DBA) Name – SBA.gov

Trademarks & Copyrights

Understanding the Different Kinds of Intellectual Property – Dummies

How To Protect Your Business Name, Brand And Identity – KnowEm

Taxes

Getting a Tax Identification Number – SBA.gov

Learn About Your State and Local Tax Obligations – SBA.gov

Banking

What to Look for When Choosing a Bank – Fox Small Business

Opening a Business Bank Account – About

How to Open a Small Business Bank Account Online – SBA.gov

Compliance

Obtaining Business Licenses & Permits – SBA.gov

Insurance

How to Buy the Right Business Insurance – Inc

 

Making Money

Set Your Pricing

How to Price Business Services – Inc

Pricing Your Freelance Services: Considerations before you start quoting – The Insatiable Solopreneur

Pricing Your Services – Freelance Switch

Maximize Your Revenue

Need a Revenue Boost? Try This Simple Formula – Inc

13 Creative Ways to Generate Extra Revenue – Young Entrepreneur Council

How to Add Revenue Streams with Partners – Small Business Bonfire

How to Create Multiple Streams of Income – Freelance Switch

Get Paid

5 Things to Consider Before Accepting Credit Cards – Business News Daily

Accepting Credit Cards – Entrepreneur

Offer Multiple Payment Options to Attract More Buyers – About

 

Location, Location, Location

Working from Home

How to Design the Ideal Home Office – Entrepreneur

How To Create a Home Office on a Budget – Entrepreneur

20 Delightfully Inspiring “Power” Home Offices for Women Entrepreneurs – Entreprenista

Office & Other Commercial Space

Moving Beyond Your Home Office – Entrepreneur

Choosing a Location for Your Business – About

How to Find the Best Location – Entrepreneur

6 Tips for Negotiating a Commercial Property Lease without Getting Burned – SBA.gov

 

Financing

Getting Started

How to Raise Start-Up Capital – Inc

When Banks Won’t Lend: 7 Alternative Financing Options – She Takes on the World

46 Ways to Start a Business With No Money – Brian Armstrong

Bootstrapping

How to Bootstrap Your Way to Business Success – Fox Small Business Center

Eight Tips To Successfully Bootstrap Your Business – Startup Professionals Musings

41 Tips to Bootstrap Your Way to Success – Dr. Shannon Reece

Angel Investors

What Is the Difference Between an Angel Investor & a Venture Capitalist? – eHow

A Guide to Angel Investors – Entrepreneur

How to Find an Angel Investor – Inc

Venture Capital

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital — Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch – Forbes

How to raise venture capital (without losing your soul) – CNN Money

The realistic entrepreneur’s guide to venture capital – Seth Godin

Peer-to-Peer Lending

How Does Peer-to-Peer Lending Work? – Dun & Bradstreet

Need a Loan? Ask a Stranger: The Power of Peer-to-Peer Lending – Daily Finance

SBA Loans

How to Secure an SBA Loan – Inc

Bank Loans

Finding a small business bank loan – Bankrate

How to Get a Loan for a Startup Business – About

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding: Viable Funding Option or Asking for Handouts? – Entreprenista

 

Marketing 101

Branding

The Basics of Marketing: What is a Brand? – The Marketing Blog

Entrepreneurs Need to Brand Themselves First – Forbes

Startup Marketing

How To Write A Startup Marketing Plan – BostInno

Startup Marketing: 10 Things To Do In Your First 90 Days – Marketing Trenches

Develop a Strategic Marketing Plan – Startup Nation

5 Factors of Consistent Marketing – ArticlesBase

Social Media Marketing Basics

The Simplified Guide to Social Media for Small Businesses – Blog Tyrant

Mashable’s Social Media Guide for Small Businesses – Mashable

10 Ways to Make Your Business More Social Today – Under 30 CEO

Facebook

Facebook for Small Business: The Beginner’s Guide – Social Good Media

A Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Facebook Page: The DOs and DON’Ts – Fanpage Toolkit

Twitter

The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter– Mashable

40 Twitter Power Tips That Turn Newbies Into Students, Experts Into Pros – Media Bistro/All Twitter

Pinterest

Beginner’s Guide to Pinterest Basics – BlogWorld

Pinterest Marketing: Pinning With a Purpose – Entrepreneur

LinkedIn

The Beginner’s Guide to LinkedIn – Mashable

LinkedIn’s Timeless Guide To Small Business Success – LinkedIn

 

DIY PR (Public Relations)

10 PR Tools that Simplify Your DIY PR Efforts – The Work at Home Woman

Getting Media Coverage: 5 Things You Need to Know – AOL Small Business

DIY Publicity: 13 Things to Do Now – Inc

Tips for Getting Small Businesses Media Attention Without a Press Release – Allieybc

 

Develop Your Network

Board of Directors

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Personal Board of Directors – Forbes

Mentors

9 Tips for Finding the Right Mentor – Small Business Trends

Finding the Right Business Coach – Entrepreneur

Financial

How to Find a Good Financial Adviser – Smart Money

What to Look For When Hiring an Accountant – Good Financial Cents

Legal

How to Find the Right Lawyer – Lawyers.com

Creative

How To Find A Great Graphic Designer At An Affordable Rate – TopDesign Mag

Qualities of a Graphic Designer – eHow

7 steps to finding the best web designer for your project – Web DesignAbility

Accountability

6 Reasons You Need an Accountability Partner – Click Newz

 

Hiring

Employees

What Should You Look for in the People You Hire? – Michael Hyatt

How to Interview and Hire Top People Each and Every Time – Business Know-How

How to Hire Your First Employee [Comprehensive Guide] – Inc

Navigating Dept. of Labor Laws and Regulations for Small Businesses – DOL.gov

10 Steps to Hiring Your First Employee – SBA.gov

Outsourcing & Freelancers

The Benefits of Outsourcing for Small Businesses – AllBusiness

Hiring Freelance Workers in Your Business – About

How to outsource anything using 6 top outsourcing websites – Time Doctor

 

Systems & Processes

The Importance of Systems

6 Key Benefits of Building Systems – GrowThink

How To Use Systems In Your Business To Work Less and Make More – Business Jolt

How to Create Business Systems in 4 Steps – Morningstar Marketing Coach

Sales and Marketing Systems

7 Essential Business Systems To Make 6-Figures Without Burning Out – Marketing Goddess

Accounting System

How to Develop Your Small Business Accounting System – eHow

The Accounting Cycle for a Small Business – About

The Ultimate Small Business Accounting Software Guide – Small Business Computing

Payroll System

Setting up a Payroll System: A 10 Step Guide for Small Business – SBA.gov

Billing and Invoicing System

Remember These 8 Rules Before Sending Out Your Next Invoice – Entrepreneur

2012 Billing and Invoice Software Reviews and Comparisons – Top Ten Reviews

 

Helpful Tools

Free Business Tools – Frugal Entrepreneur

101 Useful Resources for Online Entrepreneurs – Startup Pro Plus

The Ultimate Guide to Mind Maps and Mind Mapping Tools – Business 2 Community

5 Awesome Project Management Tools to Get Your Team on Track – Lifehack

20 Best Online To Do List Apps – Freelance Switch

Business Terminology Encyclopedia – Inc

 

Mistakes to Avoid

10 Rookie Mistakes that Stunt Your Business – Entreprenista

Top 3 Mistakes Made by Female Entrepreneurs – Entreprenista

10 Common Pitfalls of New Entrepreneurs – and How to Avoid Them – Forbes

 

Staying Inspired

The Spectacularity of Launching – Entreprenista

Top 50 Inspirational Quotes for Women Entrepreneurs (by women!) – Entreprenista