Resources

Whether you have an idea or are a new business owner, we have great resources below to research: Funding, Grants, Licenses, Investment Capital, Business Resources, Accounting and Legal.

The ultimate one-stop resource menu in providing you with an online nationwide directory of resources serving entrepreneurs, and small businesses owners. 

  • Building the Marketing Plan: A Blueprint for Start-ups – A free and in-depth eBook on building a marketing plan for Startups.
  • Y Combinator Startup Library – A huge collection of resources and guides, covering everything you need to know about launching a Startup, written by people who have achieved success multiple times.
  • Entrepreneur.com Startup Kits In depth and thorough kits on how to start a company in a variety of industries, ranging from cleaning services to restaurant ownership.
  • Business Link The UK Government website has a complete roadmap to starting a business, consisting of in-depth and thorough videos.
  • Score An abundance of free advice and resources for starting a business, including mentors, counselling, tools and workshops. Predominantly US focused.
  • Kickstarter Crowd funding platform for creative projects. Although only suitable for certain Startups, it’s an effective way to secure funding in a short period of time.
  • Seedrs A crowd funding platform for Startups, ideal for seamlessly raising capital by offering equity to the crowds.
  • LaunchSquad A PR firm with an emphasis on technology, ideal for taking a business to the next level.
  • Founder Institute A ‘Startup accelerator’ training program and global launch network, with programs available across the world.
  • 500 Startups A Startup accelerator program consisting of hundreds of experienced mentors, offering seed investment and work space in Silicon Valley.
  • Dropbox A freemium cloud storage service, perfect for collaboration and seamless sharing of files across devices.
  • Google Drive Drive is a cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing solution, great for working in teams and storing everything in the cloud.
  • Evernote  An intuitive note taking tool that allows you to quickly save ideas and snippets of web pages for offline viewing. All notes are backed up to the cloud and accessible across multiple devices.
  • Webex Online meeting software with advanced collaboration features, perfect for teams who are geographically separated.
  • Mockingbird Quickly create mock-ups and web pages on the fly, with an intuitive drag and drop interface.
  • Startup Weekend A global network of 54 hour events, where like minded entrepreneurs join forces to develop ideas and launch Startups.
  • Tech Cocktail Regular Tech Startup events for entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts, helping Startups find employees, co-founders and funding.
  • Meetup A network of local groups with many dedicated to Startups and small businesses. A great way to meet like minded individuals and practice pitches.
  • PartnerUp A small business orientated site with a focus on finding partners and exploring business opportunities.
  • Interview Street Effective programming tests to help you find the perfect programmer for your Startup. Essential for less technically minded CEOs.
  • LinkedIn A social media networking site for professionals, allowing you to stay informed about contacts and industry, and connect with likeminded individuals.
  • Freshbooks A cloud accounting solution that makes invoicing and time tracking extremely easy to manage.
  • Bidsketch Web app for easily creating professional looking proposals in minutes.
  • KnowEm KnowEm is a paid service that takes your brand details and subsequently registers up to 300 social network profiles.
  • Design Contest Create design contests for logos, web designs and more, and receive 100s of entries from talented designers. Great for buying a quality logo on a shoestring budget.
  • WordPress The most widely recognised free Content Management System. Highly versatile with an abundance of themes and plugins to alter aesthetics and functionality.
  • Prezi A tool for creating stunning presentations, which are sure to stand out from the usual PowerPoint pitches.
  • Launch Rock A free web based application to quickly set up a ‘launching soon’ page, with heavy emphasis on social sharing.
  • Google Analytics One of the most widely recognised web analytics and reporting solutions, and completely free to use.
  • Ask Your Target Market Carry out highly targeted surveys to find out vital information about your primary audience.
  • Survey Monkey An efficient surveying solution allowing you to target specific audiences based on gender, interests, demographic and more.
  • MailChimp One of the best email marketing solutions available, with easy to use tools to create signup forms and newsletter designs.
  • Qualaroo Helps gain useful insights from customers and visitors by asking short questions, in the form of an unobtrusive popup.
  • Google Trends A tool to see interest around search terms, and what people are currently searching for. Great for inspiration and finding out how big the market is.
  • Business.gov Official business portal of the U.S. government, providing guides and resources that help businesses comply with business laws and government regulations.
  • Library of Congress’s Entrepreneur’s Reference Guide The U.S. Library of Congress has an entrepreneur’s reference guide, while it’s dated (1999), it also lists a lot of great books that are updated yearly. It covers practically every topic related to starting a small business.
  • Small Business Administration: Startup Resources from the United States Small Business Administration cover planning, finance, marketing, employment, taxes, and legal issues.
  • SBA SBA offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes.