The importance of growing in knowledge as an entrepreneur can never be overstated. This month we are providing some advice, resources and inspiration to help you along your path of entrepreneurship. For starters, Entrepreneur Weekly takes you through 10 online resources that come highly recommended and provide your daily dose of content to help you steer your business in the right direction.
Reading is a skill that is often taken for granted in the toolbox of many entrepreneurs. It however is the gift that fuels many of your major decision making. Entrepreneur shared their conviction on reading in their article 4 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Should Be Reading More. They shared that reading can help you find answers to your business’ problems, reading opens you to new opportunities, helps you to make informed decisions and it helps to bring out your creativity. So, let’s take a look at Entrepreneur Weekly’s compilation of good online resources.
Blogs and Magazines
The following are 5 sites that provide quality written content for persons in business and entrepreneurship.
1.Forbes Magazine is the veteran magazine on our list and has been around since 1917. Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle. Forbes Magazine describes themselves as “Driving systemic change in business, culture and society. We bring this mindset to everything we do, the coverage we deliver and the communities we connect.” Entrepreneur Weekly highly recommends Forbes Magazine for hard hitting facts and research from columnists that create content that is easy to read, digest and get you thinking.
2.Entrepreneur Magazine as the name suggests is directly curated for people like you. They are committed to providing “advice, insight, profiles and guides for established and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.” Entrepreneur always provides practical advice for wherever you are on your journey. Type some keywords and you are sure to find a wealth of knowledge there.
3.The Economist covers a wider range of topics such as general current affairs, politics and culture. However, this site is great for keeping your fingers on the pulse of international business trends. This British-based media group is known for their quality analysis of hot topics.
4.Inc.com is for the entrepreneur who is looking for content that inspires and gets their mind thinking. They say they “exist to advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurial success.” Inc.com also hosts several online events that entrepreneurs can join in on.
5.Business Insider describes their work as them telling “The global tech, finance, markets, media, healthcare, and strategy stories you want to know.” You can also get a wide range of industry news by signing up to their daily newsletter.
Podcasts are a gift to this era, as you can be soaking up engaging conversations from thought leaders in any industry while on the go.
According to Forbes Magazine, one podcast that comes in highly recommended for them is
6.HBR IdeaCast. Forbes Magazine shares “The Harvard Business Review weekly podcast features the leading thinkers in business and management. Hosts Alison Beard and Curt Nickish dig into topics like how CEOs can drive sales or kill deals, management issues, burnout, networking and family businesses. This 30-minute podcast comes from one of the most esteemed universities and hosts leading authors and thought leaders in business.”
7.Great Women of Business is quite a popular listen on Spotify, and according to Entrepreneur, “Each episode features the stories of business-savvy women who battled sexism all the way to the top, and the overall impact is both thought-provoking and inspiring. Learn the art of branding through Coco Chanel, the never-say-die story behind Estée Lauder and Julia Child’s creative thinking in the face of naysayers.”
8.How I Built This is a podcast by Guy Raz that talks about “innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists and their stories about the movements they built.” Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies.
Entrepreneur Weekly’s penultimate suggestion for podcasts is 9.Entrepreneurs on Fire. This podcast was launched in 2012 and has won several awards. Founder and Host Mr. John Lee Dumas says “I interview inspiring entrepreneurs to help you along your entrepreneurial journey!”
Our final suggestion of online resources that you can have become part of your routine is 10.Startup Stories. This one comes in as repeated recommendation from business magazines. Curtis J Morley, Forbes Magazine Council member says, “Andrew Warner has his own fascinating grit-driven story about starting his podcast and education business. Although he has a few big names, the majority of interviews are from lesser-known companies.”
JBDC Resources for You
The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) takes joy in being an important voice for the Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector through consistently providing the Jamaican entrepreneurial community with knowledge and tools. The JBDC through its YouTube page @JBDC Jamaica provides you with Business Binge, where you can take in the wealth of knowledge shared on a wide range of business development topics from webinars and forums. The Entrepreneur Weekly blog has also been designed to be your weekly dose of conversations happening within the local ecosystem for business owners.