By Robert Stitt
Being an entrepreneur has many advantages. For example, you get to be your own boss, you get to set your own hours, and you have the freedom to succeed or fail on your own terms. Of course, there are some disadvantages to being your own boss as well. When things don’t go as planned, when you need answers, or when you need assistance, you are liable and ultimately responsible for all decisions made.
Thankfully, with the growth of the internet, entrepreneurs now have resources at their fingertips that were not available just a few years ago. Unfortunately, the internet is also riddled with misinformation on sites that can both waste your time and provide a lot of useless information.
With that in mind, here are five sites designed with entrepreneurs in mind that are not only worth your time, but provide a magnitude of expert advice, information, and knowledge from leaders in similar fields.
Quora is a question and answer site designed for small business owners. The site is free to join and entrepreneurs can ask and answer business questions once part of Quora’s online community. As a part of your daily routine, stop by Quora to stay on top of your game.
Linkedin is a must-join social networking site for every entrepreneur. With over 300 million members in 200 countries around the world, business owners can network with each other, search for employees, and be searched for by employees. Linkedin Pulse ensures that business news is available on tablets and mobile phones, and is the logical next step once you’ve been Linked In.
ForEntreprenuers is number two on Forbes list of the top 100 Best Web Sites for Entrepreneurs. The blog addresses a number of issues that every new business owner faces: funding, laying the groundwork, and growing into a successful business. There is also a list of 14 other top-ranked blogs on the site’s home page.
An online magazine, RichTopia offers advice on marketing, sales, guidance and opinions among other topics. It is a great daily read for established and new business owners.
This is a site that shares white papers, eBooks, and business tools. Jay DeMers, the founder and CEO of the site, has written for Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He shares his insights and advice daily to those who frequent his site.