Today I have tidbits for you!
This is an extensive collection of websites devoted to different manifestations of entrepreneurship. It's overwhelming browsing the list, but I feel certain that any specific question you wanted answered could be found somewhere on this list. In addition, if there was some aspect of starting a business that you wanted to research, this would be the first place to turn to.
Resource Number 2 is a tool I recently started using and am finding invaluable.
Web Research is "a Windows program that helps you save important information from the Web, store it on your computer, and then organize and reuse it in your projects. Easily manage collections of Web pages, pictures, PDF files, and any other Internet resources." (from the Macropool Web Research home page)
The software installs a toolbar in your browser that permits you to save and categorize and subsequently search for any content that you want to file for future reference (unlike bookmarks). The articles or documents are stored in folders and subfolders that you set up according to your preferred filing system. You can also use a highlighter "pen" to highlight those words, phrases, or paragraphs that strike you.
Resource Number 3 comes from an article on LifeHack - How not to go broke on your million dollar idea. It offers a valuable list of the following 10 questions to help you determine if your idea is worth pursuing, or whether you are suffering from "Inventoritis":
- Can you explain your idea to someone within 5 minutes using no more than a single sheet of paper and a crayon as visual aids?
- Can you define your marketing strategy in 5 words or less?
- Do you know your 6 best potential customers twice as well as they know themselves?
- If someone stole your idea today, would you be willing to proceed anyway?
- Are you willing to proceed if it costs twice as much and takes three times as long as your presumably reasonable estimates suggest?
- Are you willing to sell it door to door if required?
- Is your idea media worthy? – Have you asked?
- Do you have a network of credible and qualified advisors who can help you through the process and to help assess things at various stages of the process?
- If it fails, can you afford the losses?
- Do you believe any of the following statements? (if you do, you are suffering from Inventoritis and it is time to do a reality check!)
“The idea will sell itself.”
“Everyone will need this.”
“There is no competition.”
“I don’t have a problem letting go.”
“No one can copy it.”
“No one has thought of this.”
“The marketing is no big deal.”
"Insert big company name’ will pay millions for this.”
“It’s not about the money.”
And the final resource, thanks to the Blog Squad, is a short article called Feedblitz makes it easy to subscribe to a blog. Doesn't it annoy you when you can't find a Feedblitz sign-up box on a blog so that you can get an email notification each time the blogger posts something new? I just learned that even without the handy sign-up box, you can still sign up for a blog's feed and get notified by email.
Simply copy the blog or website URL or RSS URL (the URL that shows up in the address window of your browser for the blog's Home Page) into the box provided on FeedBlitz, (it looks something like the box below - don't use this one as it won't work. Go to Feeblitz instead) and voila! You are subscribed.
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