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Tools & Resources For Startup Founders and Entrepreneurs

Let’s face it, starting up a business can be really challenging.

It’s one thing to have a great business idea.

However, there’s a big difference between having a great idea and successfully launching a new company.

Dealing with the range of issues that accompany the start of a new venture such as sourcing finance, marketing, legal, protecting intellectual property can be overwhelming.

There’s a huge amount of information out there for new business owners, but it can be difficult to know where to start.

That’s why we’ve compiled this carefully curated list of resources to help you move forward with your new business.

You can bookmark this list and return to it as you continue your entrepreneurial journey.


STARTUP ACCELERATOR & INCUBATORS

Ycombinator

TechStars

500 Startups

The Farm Accelerator


CO-WORKING SPACES

Coworking spaces involve people working independently or together in a shared office space. They can provide opportunities for networking, sharing ideas, or sourcing investors.

The Gathering Spot

Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs

Center for Black Innovation

1921 Coworking

The Union

La Create Sp_ce

Blackbird House

Inclusive Innovation Incubator

Zora’s House


WEB HOSTING

A website not only helps start-ups promote and sell their products and services, but it also allows them to distinguish themselves from their competitors, especially for buyers who do most of their shopping online.

But without a good hosting plan that provides things like e-mail addresses or automated backups, a small business website will struggle to reach its full potential.

Wix

Optimizely

Bluehost

GoDaddy

Squarespace


GRAPHIC DESIGN

 Whatever marketing material you produce  – brochures, social media posts, flyers for example – eye-catching visuals can play a crucial role in getting your content to resonate with your target audience.

Here are some great resources that can help you engage potential new customers:

Canva

Piktochart

Getstencil

Fotor


MANAGING PAYROLL, EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING, AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

Eleven percent of small business owners surveyed in Small Business Trends: 2020 cited payroll and other administrative work as a top challenge.

Gusto

Due

Groove


MANAGING PROJECTS AND TEAMS

Effectively managing projects or a team of employees is a challenge many entrepreneurs face. These resources can help you find some solutions:

Trello

Asana

Monday.com

Miro


MARKETING SOFTWARE

As a business owner, you’ll need to market your product in a way that appeals to your target audience.

It can be a time-consuming task. This software will help you achieve that:

HubSpot

groovejar

Hootsuite


STARTING A BUSINESS

Starting a new business? This video provides some of the key steps to think about:

 

Regardless of where they are in their business journey, most entrepreneurs want to learn how to be more successful. Here are some key tips to help you navigate your way to the top:

https://urbangeekz.com/2020/01/4-strategies-to-become-a-successful-entrepreneur/

 

If you’ve got intellectual property (IP) you want to protect, here’s how to do it:

https://urbangeekz.com/2019/12/5-strategies-for-startups-to-protect-intellectual-property-rights/


ATTRACTING INVESTORS

If you need to attract investors to fund your company, check out our guide:

https://urbangeekz.com/2019/11/10-tips-for-pitching-potential-investors/

 

DEALING WITH COVID-19

Worried about how Covid-19 will impact your business? Check out this podcast where top business leaders discuss opportunities for growth:

https://www.opportunityunlocked.co/


PRESENTATIONS

Anyone giving a PowerPoint presentation can be let down by dreary, over complicated slides. Our quick guide provides some ideas to help you get your audience more engaged:

https://urbangeekz.com/2020/03/3-tips-to-create-the-perfect-powerpoint-presentation/

 

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Vic Motune
Vic Motune
Vic Motune is a veteran news editor and seasoned multimedia journalist now writing for UrbanGeekz
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