Small business ressources

Whether you are an employee, entrepreneur, or thinking about opening your own business, we have a few ressources that are sure to help.

The Teachers

By far the most important element of this post. We may add people to this list as time goes by.

  • Tim Ferris: whose books all made the #1 spot on the NY Time’s best seller’s list; the 4 Hour Workweek, the 4 Hour Body, and the 4 Hour Chef. We recommend focusing on the Workweek, that keeps you focused on being efficient, and Chef, that focuses on Meta-learning techniques. You can follow his latest posts on his blog here: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/
  • Pat Flynn: His Smart Passive Income blog is a wealth of ressources for anyone looking to start an online business. We really like that he regularly features guests with proven track records on his podcast. Also, Pat is always improving his techniques and shares his successes (and failures) with his audience. If you don’t have time to listen to his full episodes, he has transcriptions of his podcasts available on his blog. If you are a Tim Ferris fan, and are looking for an updated list of ressources, odds are that Pat will have them on his blog.
  • Seth Godin: Seth has an amazing podcast of a seminar he did with budding entrepreneurs. You get to listen as he goes through the questions that every person starting a business should be asking themselves.
The Books
  • Tim Ferris: OK, so Tim made it twice. Read the 4 Hour Workweek and the 4 Hour Chef.
  • 37 Signals: 37 signals is a software company founded by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Their book, Rework, is a collection of aphorisms you had better get acclimated with. Particularly the ones about the minimum features on your product.
  • Dan Roam: If you’re a visual person, or you find that mapping out ideas is easier for you than writing 10 page documents, Dan Roam’s Back of the Napkin is your guidebook. Even if you’re not on board with always sketching out ideas, he makes a compelling argument of business models vs. business plans.
Software
  • OmniGraffle: If you enjoyed the back of the Back of the Napkin, you’ll really like OmniGraffle. By far one of the easiest ways to create charts and diagrams.
  • Timekeeper: If you work on a Mac and need to invoice your customers by the hour, Timekeeper is by far one of the easiest ways to do it. You can easily create clients and tasks for those clients and export a report. We highly recommend this one.
  • Basecamp: Do you send many team emails to assign tasks? Cut down on your email list and get a real team management software that is extremely affordable, brought to you by 37 signals

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