12 Websites You Need To Be Using As An Entrepreneur

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What’s up guys? There are literally thousands of websites and services out there that help entrepreneurs and small business owners to run their business, promote and market themselves, and control the chaos. However, deciding which ones to use is the problem. Here is a list of some of the best services out there that you need to be using or at least looking at for your small business.

Twitter allows you to update your followers with what is going on, what you are doing, and what you want to talk about. Limited to 140 characters, you have the opportunity to reach a wide audience with your messages. Following people and having followers is the key to success on Twitter -  you need to build your audience. The micro-blogging platform is free and super easy to use via the web or text messaging. Join, start following, advertise your business, services, or products and watch your business grow.
Website: http://www.twitter.com
Cost: Free

What – you’re not on Facebook? What the hell are you thinking? Start a profile for yourself, start a page for your business, and start adding your friends. Use Facebook as an avenue to connect with customers on a whole different level. You can also find your friends from college, high school, and former workplaces. Interact with your friends and start talking up your business. Refer people to your business’s Facebook page or group and get them to join it. As people start joining, others will see the notice on their feeds that their friends are joining your group – which may entice them to join themselves. This is a great way to grow your audience and potential customer base. The social aspects of Facebook are also great – upload and share pictures, links, stores, and more.
Website: http://www.facebook.com
Cost: Free

Looking for a good and easy way to invoice your clients, track your time, or track your expenses? Then check out FreshBooks! The free service will allow you to add a few clients and the paid version will allow for more, but basically you can send invoices to your clients through email and share documents with them as well. The service is great for someone like a web designer or developer that needs to share documents and information constantly with their clients.
Website: http://www.freshbooks.com
Cost: Free or $14/month and up

Project management and collaboration can be a tricky thing when you are small and just starting out. When you are working with a lot of other people on a project, it is key to keep everyone on the same page. Basecamp from 37Signals will help you do that! Basecamp will allow you to customize your management area look and feel, share it with your customers or team members, and share all kinds of documents and information. Anything from 37Signals is a helpful tool for your business, so check out their other services as well.
Website: http://www.basecamphq.com/
Cost: 30 day free trial or $25/month and up

If you are looking to save up some of your businesses income and hold on to it for a big purchase of new equipment or other needs for your business, then you need to look in to SmartyPig. SmartyPig allows you to set up savings goals and have money deposited into a savings account direct from your bank account each month. I use them for mostly personal savings goals, but business savings goals are definitely a great idea. The people at SmartyPig are awesome and offer great support, so I strongly recommend them – the best part? It’s free!
Website: http://www.smartypig.com
Cost: Free

If you don’t like Facebook because you feel there is too much info free for searching and not enough privacy, check out the more professional social network, LinkedIn. LinkedIn has been around for a good while, maybe even longer than Facebook? LinkedIn allows you to connect with collegaues, classmates, and other professionals in similar industries…or just random people like Facebook. However, LinkedIn is focused more on the professional side of social networking and growing your connections. You can have people endorse you to help you grow your presence and you don’t have to really worry about any crazy party pictures of you doing a keg stand showing up on your managers Facebook feed (wouldn’t that suck?).
Website: http://www.linkedin.com
Cost: Free

Google Analytics
I could not create a list of useful websites without having at least one Google product on it. Analytics is an awesome visitor tracking program that Google has developed. All you need to do is slap a few lines of code on your site and let it be. Analytics will automatically start tracking your sites visitors – telling you where they are coming from, how long they are staying, what pages they are visiting, and much much more. The best part? Like most things from Google, it is free! There is no reason that you should not be using the program to track your site traffic and evaluate what is working for you.
Website: http://www.google.com/analytics
Cost: Free

Social media is a huge part of the web 2.0 revolution and is attracting many more people and businesses to the internet. One way to take advantage of social media and viral marketing is through uploading videos that you create to free video sharing websites such as YouTube. YouTube allows you to upload any video you make (as long as it is under its file size requirements) and share it with your friends, embed it in your website, or post it on other websites such as Facebook. YouTube offers an amazing way to find new customers and visitors for your website. By displaying your website name, logo, or web address in your videos, you will see some traffic come from YouTube…as long as the video is good and people are watching it! If you’re looking to brand yourself and your business, start making some videos and posting them on YouTube!
Website: http://www.youtube.com
Cost: Free

Looking for a good free way to manage your finances and keep track of your spending? Then you should check out Mint. Mint allows you to link pretty much any bank account, credit card account, and online payment account (like PayPal) to your Mint account and see a summary of your spending and your total income/debt. You can then see trends as to what you are spending the most on and what you need to cut back on. Mint also provides you with different opportunities to save money by switching banks or credit card offers.
Website: http://www.mint.com
Cost: Free

StartupNation is a community website for entrepreneurs featuring step-by-step advice, videos, podcasts, and many resources. The website also features a pretty active forum. StartupNation is definitely a site to keep an eye on as you work on developing your business and have questions you want to try to get answered.
Website: http://www.startupnation.com
Cost: Free

Young Go Getter
Young Go Getter is an active forum of free blogs for entrepreneurs. You can definitely get the help you need from this group of dedicated people with their knowledge spanning a wide array of industries and technologies. If you have questions about an industry, looking for some help, or just want a place to hang out, then check out YGG.
Website: http://www.younggogetter.com
Cost: Free

Young Entrepreneur
A community of entrepreneurs and want to be entrepreneurs exceeding more than 5000 members strong, YE is a site to visit and visit often. Although some of the content may not always be the most relevant or it may be ‘spam’ posts, if you have the time to sort through and find the good stuff, then it is worth it. I talked with the creator a couple weeks back and he says things are in the works to make YE much better in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out! This group of helpful people can definitely be a benefit to you and will help you in any way they can!
Website: http://www.youngentrepreneur.com
Cost: Free

And finally, of course, Dorm Room Biz is always one of the best places to get help as a student entrepreneur!

What are your favorite websites to check and resources to refer to when you need some help?

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18 Responses to 12 Websites You Need To Be Using As An Entrepreneur

  1. John September 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm #

    A great alternative to Basecamp for entrepreneurs in need of time tracking and task management is Intervals. Check it out if you are starting a small business and you will be billing hourly for your services.

  2. Franco Lagudi - CEO September 10, 2008 at 5:56 am #


    I just wanted to let you know about
    The SOC Exchange.com

    It’s a website with a different approach to the way things should be sold online. You can sell anything you want, sell as much as you want, and sell for as long as you want for just $1 a month, FLAT RATE! Total!

    The features are numerous and the site is extremely easy to navigate. Great for college students to start up their own online business, no costs other than $1 per month or $10 per year!

    I would be very grateful if you would take a look and let me know your thoughts?

    I love the concept of ‘Dorm Room Biz.’

  3. Shonika Proctor, Teen Biz Coach September 10, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    Fantastic resource Chris.

    I will link back to this article from my site and would like to add the following (as I work with teens so sometimes $$$ based solutions is an issue when starting out):

    http://www.collectivex.com (like basecamp, but free, over 14k registered groups on there- mostly small-med biz).

    http://www.feedburner.com or http://www.technorati.com Why blog and write and create tons of content but not publicize it?

    http://www.perfectbusiness.com (use this to post your profile to seek investors for your business)


  4. Chris September 10, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Great suggestions Shonika! I hadn’t even considered Feedburner for some reason! I havent heard of Collectivex or Perfect Business but will check them out for sure!

  5. Adam Pieniazek September 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    Great list!

    I’ve been wanting to use Mint for a while but something about giving out my bank information to a third party just doesn’t sit well. Now, if Mint teamed up with my banks and I could check a box at my bank’s web-site I’d sign up in a second. As is it’s a no go. Perhaps I’m too paranoid but lesson #1 of the internet is don’t give out your passwords!

  6. Chris September 11, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    I can totally understand the skepticism Adam. I’ve been using Mint for over a year now and have never had an issue. I also use ING (for more than 3 years) and haven’t had any problems. The thing I like about Mint is that it makes adding bank accounts, credit cards, or any other account to your profile so easy and painless. You can easily have all of your financial standings and transactions show up in one place. All you do is enter in your username and password for the different websites and it links directly to them and is updated all the time. I’d say give it a shot! You’ll like it.

  7. Mrs. Accountability September 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    I’m using Google Analytics, but I’m still confused some days as to how it works. One day I had almost 400 visitors, but I could not figure out where they came from! I had a lot of referrals from Stumble It, but when I went there I couldn’t even find my site listed. I’ve also just recently started to use Mint, just for tracking my credit cards… and I only visit YouTube when my son sends me a link or if I’m watching political videos. I wish I knew more about Google Analytics.

  8. Chris September 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    I understand your frustration with Analytics. Sometimes you can find more details quickly and sometimes you can not. I just start clicking every link that I can and going into any area of the site that I can and usually wind up finding the details that I want to see. I think it just takes time and practice looking through all the reports, sorting, and finding what you are looking for. Good luck!

  9. TheContestBlogger September 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    Small business owners and entrepreneurs? Doesn’t this sound like freelancers?

    I guess you can add the most popular freelancers site to your list. Twitter is unrivaled, no doubt about that but when you mention FaceBook, MySpace comes into mind too.

    Other sites I think is important for entrepreneurs – press release sites and perhaps ezinearticles to create the buzz their businesses need.

  10. Chris September 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    I agree MySpace could be a good one – I just despise the way it works and how horribly UGLY the majority of peoples pages are which completely turns me off to it. I think of MySpace as more of a high school communication tool with Facebook and LinkedIn being the more professional looking of the set.

  11. Alex January 16, 2009 at 5:35 am #

    Hi Chris

    The list of resources is great. But as far as freshbooks is concerned there are some limitations as well. Another web based invoicing application I like is invoicera.
    As far as Google Analytics is concerned it will only be authentic when it becomes paid. Now, the information is little ambiguous.

  12. College Town Menus (CTM) May 19, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    This is a great post, I agree with all of the suggested website, besides Smarty Pig. There are MUCH better accounts than SP for saving.

    Use http://www.CheckingFinder.com/ to find a high yield CHECKING account. Back in mid 2008, I used this site to find my current checking account that gave 6.10% INTEREST ON CHECKING!! FREAKING NUTS!! I have complete control of my money, it’s not locked like a CD, I dont need to swap it out for gift cards or use it on things that I may not want to buy anyway, and it’s compounded monthly. However, since then, with the recession, the bank lowered its interest to I think 3.2% which is sitll HUGE for checking and much more than any big-bank savings account also.

    Also use http://www.BillShrink.com/ to analyze your cell phone bills and minute usage and lower your plan. I was using Verizon Wireless with 2100 minutes (family share) and after realizing that ~80% of our calls were free (night, weekend, or IN-network) we switched to 700 minutes, huge savings/month, and we’re fine now.

    Good post Chris.

  13. Tony August 31, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Another site to add to your list is FYIndOut (http://www.fyindout.com). It is the central place to promote and find business reviews for software or services.

  14. Richard Alaska July 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Great list shared. Though there are several tools such as Toggl & Freshbooks for your business time tracking needs. But personally I like and use Replicon cloud based time management software since it is the most hassle free and simple app with good to use features.

    Thumbs Up for this cool app 😀

  15. George Cook August 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    For entrepreneurs I would suggest you to try your hands on Proofhub as well. Highly recommended.


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