business resources http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14296/all en-US 35 Resources for Female Entrepreneurs http://www.wisebread.com/35-resources-for-female-entrepreneurs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/35-resources-for-female-entrepreneurs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4715022811_784d706e12_z.jpg" alt="woman at seminar" title="woman at seminar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Female entrepreneurship has spiked in the last decade. While the most recent U.S. government statistics are from 2007, women-owned (non-farm) businesses increased by over 20% from 2002 to 2007 according to the <a href="http://www.census.gov/econ/sbo/get07sof.html?12">U.S. Census Survey of Business Owners</a>, and now make up nearly 30% of all businesses.</p> <p>Luckily, there are an enormous number of resources available to help female entrepreneurs succeed. Here are the top resources and websites by category. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-small-business-mentors-you-can-access-for-nearly-free">6 Small Business Mentors You Can Access for Nearly Free!</a>)</p> <h2>Brick and Mortar Resources</h2> <p>These organizations tend to be more of the traditional resource centers that you might think of when you imagine getting assistance with your business. Most have actual buildings you can visit, local chapters you can meet with, or numbers you can call to get help.</p> <p><strong>The Office of Women's Business Ownership</strong></p> <p>Part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the <a href="http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2895">Office of Women's Business Ownership</a> is the most reliable source for federal government grants for women and general information about starting a business.</p> <p><strong>American Business Women's Association</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.abwa.org/">American Business Women's Association</a> offers networking events, mentoring opportunities, and more.</p> <p><strong>National Association of Women Business Owners</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nawbo.org/">National Association of Women Business Owners</a> hosts an online resource center and can connect you with your local chapter.</p> <p><strong>U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.uswcc.org/">Women's Chamber of Commerce</a> not only unifies some of the top women leaders in the U.S., but their site also offers great resources for women planning for retirement.</p> <h2>Collections of Resources</h2> <p>The following sites have their own extensive lists of articles, tool kits, and resources that are definitely worth checking out.</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneurship.org</strong></p> <p>You can find an annotated list of over 25 books and articles for women entrepreneurs at <a href="http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/entrepreneurship-law/women-in-entrepreneurship-business-resource-materials.aspx">Entrepreneurship.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Create Worth</strong></p> <p>On offshoot of DailyWorth, <a href="http://dailyworth.com/create/">Create Worth</a> has an excellent selection of articles on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-questions-to-ask-when-starting-a-business">starting your own business</a>.</p> <p><strong>Ladies Who Launch</strong></p> <p>Ladies Who Launch features a killer list of<a href="http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/magazine/tools-docs-templates"> free and paid tool</a>.</p> <p><strong>Smith College</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.smith.edu/wfi/toolbox_entrepreneurship.php">Smith College</a> has a toolbox of resources for women college-age and up.</p> <p><strong>Women Entrepreneur</strong></p> <p>The women's section of Entrepreneur magazine, <a href="http://forum.womenentrepreneur.com/">Women&nbsp;Entrepreneur</a> has great articles for every type of female entrepreneur &mdash; from home-based businesses to startups.</p> <p><strong>Mompreneurs</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.mompreneursonline.com/">Mompreneurs</a> helps mom entrepreneurs with lists of books and resources on their message boards.</p> <p><strong>Women 2.0</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.women2.org/">Women 2.0</a> wants to help more women become founders of technology startups and has superb information to get your startup started.</p> <h2>Blogs</h2> <p>Blogs can serve as great resources and sources of inspiration for women entrepreneurs who are looking to break into the business world. This list can get you started &mdash; and please share more of your favorites in the comments.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.alexismartinneely.com/">Alexis Neely</a></li> <li><a href="http://allisonnazarian.com/">Allison Nazarian</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amyporterfield.com/">Amy Porterfield</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.anti9to5guide.com/">Anti 9-5 Guide</a></li> <li><a href="http://balanceinme.com/">Balance in Me</a></li> <li><a href="http://connection-revolution.com/blog/">Connection Revolution</a></li> <li><a href="http://dissolveprocrastination.com/">Dissolve Procrastination</a></li> <li><a href="http://elizabethpottsweinstein.com/">Elizabeth Potts Weinstein</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/">Escape From Cubicle Nation</a></li> <li><a href="http://escaping-mediocrity.com/">Escaping Mediocrity</a></li> <li><a href="http://everydaybright.com/">Everyday Bright</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.femalepreneurs.com/">Femalepreneurs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.lauraroeder.com/">Laura Roeder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/">Life After College</a></li> <li><a href="http://manishathakor.com/">Manisha Thakor</a></li> <li><a href="http://marieforleo.com/">Marie Forleo</a></li> <li><a href="http://jackiepurnell.com/">Respectfully Disobedient</a></li> <li><a href="http://rowdykittens.com/">Rowdy Kittens</a></li> <li><a href="http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/">Suitcase Entrepreneur</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.taragentile.com/">Tara Gentile</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/">The Middle Finger Project</a></li> <li><a href="http://alexisgrant.com/">The Traveling Writer</a></li> <li><a href="http://whenigrowupcoach.com/blog/">When I Grow Up</a></li> <li><a href="http://whitehottruth.com/">White Hot Truth</a></li> </ul> <p>What's your top resource for starting a business?</p> <p><em>This post is part of Women's Money Week 2012. For more great articles on Women's Entrepreneurship, check out <a href="http://womensmoneyweek.com/">WomensMoneyWeek.com</a></em>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-resources-for-female-entrepreneurs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-get-money-for-your-business">16 Ways To Get Money For Your Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-i-learned-about-money-after-i-went-freelance">7 Things I Learned About Money After I Went Freelance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/must-have-qualities-to-ensure-long-term-job-security">Must-Have Qualities to Ensure Long-Term Job Security</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-use-social-media-in-business">13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Entrepreneurship business resources career advice women Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:48:15 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 908074 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Free Business Tools Too Valuable To Ignore http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/10-free-business-tools-too-valuable-to-ignore <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/10-free-business-tools-too-valuable-to-ignore" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/10-free-business-tools-too-valuable-to-ignore</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/10-free-business-tools-too-valuable-to-ignore" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000007787251Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Small business owners and entrepreneurs love to save money, but at some point we&rsquo;ve all learned the lesson that &ldquo;you get what you pay for&rdquo; the hard way. In a marketing-era where &quot;free&quot; offerings are the cornerstone of lead generation, we&rsquo;ve also become wary of watered-down products that don&rsquo;t add value unless we sign up for the paid version. In fact, free stuff can consume way too much time and even end up costing money.</p> <p>In the spirit of understanding that &ldquo;free&rdquo; is not always a good option, here is a list of ten resources and tools you'd be crazy not to use. For each, the free version is actually a good, productive, legitimate product or freely shared trove of valuable content for everyone to consume.</p> <p><b>1. Dropbox</b></p> <p>This powerful product ends the challenge of storing and syncing files and documents on different devices and computers. And, with the ability to share all of your important stuff with others, <a href="http://www.dropbox.com/" target="_blank">Dropbox</a> is a cloud-based productivity tool that entrepreneurs love. The free offering comes with 2GB of space, with paid plans for a fee.</p> <p><b>2. Google Apps</b></p> <p>If you have a business, your email address needs to end with @YOURDOMAIN.com. Using gmail, yahoo, or other services looks unprofessional and hurts your credibility. <a href="http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html" target="_blank">Google Apps</a> solves all of that for free (for up to ten users), plus you will have access to familiar Google tools and applications and lots more from third-party developers to help you run your business from anywhere.</p> <p><b>3. #Smallbizchat</b></p> <p>Several weeks ago I was the guest on a Tweetchat, an interview and interactive session conducted entirely on Twitter. This weekly show, known as #SmallBizChat, covers a variety of topics relevant to entrepreneurs every Wednesday night from 8-9 ET. There is no paid version or subscription as author and small business expert Melinda Emerson offers this content for free.</p> <p><b>4. SCORE Templates and Tools</b></p> <p>A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and helping entrepreneurs with over 13,000 volunteers and 370 offices around the US, SCORE also has a section on its website with free <a href="http://www.score.org/resources" target="_blank">templates and tools</a>. This trove includes business plan forms, financial templates, contract samples/templates, and local resources. You can even ask a question to a local, volunteer mentor right through the website.</p> <p><b>5. Google Analytics</b></p> <p>In a business environment that mandates a presence on the web, <a href="http://www.google.com/analytics/" target="_blank">Google Analytics</a> helps you maximize your online efforts. This robust reporting tool can tell you almost everything you need to know about the visitors to your website, the content they consume, and the efficacy of your digital programs.</p> <p><b>6. Market Research by Manta.com</b></p> <p>If you sell to other businesses, <a href="http://www.manta.com/" target="_blank">Manta</a> has information on over 24 million businesses in the US, which you can access for free. You can sort by social networking handles, revenues, start date, number of employees, geography, and more. If you need to define the size of your market, this is the place to go &hellip; and you can get what you need without a paid subscription.</p> <p><b>7. HR Tools by Insperity</b></p> <p>If you have employees, then you need to be thinking about HR from a compliance and a strategic perspective, all with a focus on maximizing your return on the cost of recruiting, training, managing, and retaining employees. <a href="http://www.hrtools.com/" target="_blank">HR Tools</a> by Insperity includes articles, tools, forms, checklists, and so much more, covering every human resources topic imaginable. If you&rsquo;re thinking about hiring a new employee,or doing performance reviews, or you want to know how to manage employees who telecommute, they have everything you&rsquo;ll need to navigate the challenges associated with being an employer.</p> <p><b>8. LinkedIn</b></p> <p>I am still surprised by how many people do not have a <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> profile. If you want to be taken seriously in your business, you need to set one up. As you make connections, your network will help you find employees and business opportunities. And there is plenty of content on the web to teach you how to maximize your efforts. The free version is likely all you&rsquo;ll ever need, although I&rsquo;ve heard good things about the paid accounts as well.</p> <p><b>9. LogMeIn.com</b></p> <p>You can access your desktop any time you need with the robust, free version of this remote desktop management tool. Perhaps the best thing about <a href="http://www.logmein.com/" target="_blank">LogMeIn.com</a> is the ability to quickly log in and use software on your desktop from anywhere, regardless of whether or not the device you are on has the same software.</p> <p><b>10. Producteev</b></p> <p>A cloud-based task management system, <a href="http://www.producteev.com/" target="_blank">Producteev</a> is a great tool for keeping your inbox clean and your tasks organized based on a user-friendly workspace and tagging system. I&rsquo;ve been especially pleased with how this product integrates with Google Apps.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ken-kaufman">Ken Kaufman</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/10-free-business-tools-too-valuable-to-ignore">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-get-a-small-business-loan">10 Smart Ways to Get a Small Business Loan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-inspiring-stories-of-normal-people-building-a-thriving-online-store">4 Inspiring Stories of Normal People Building a Thriving Online Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-being-an-entrepreneur-isnt-sexy">When Being an Entrepreneur Isn&#039;t Sexy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Small Business Resource Center business resources free business tools google apps online business tools small business Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:09:05 +0000 Ken Kaufman 611288 at http://www.wisebread.com