Quick Access to Startup Resources
Entrepreneurs have a lot on their plate—from dealing with day-to-day operations to long-term business planning. We've put together together this page to point you to helpful resources created by our analysts and writers.
Operating a Business
Before You Start
Up and Coming Tech Hubs
We compiled a list of emerging tech hubs based on the concentration and growth of tech jobs as well as tech patents filed. A tech hub location won't necessarily guarantee success but close proximity to business partners and vendors can certainly help. You can find our full list of top up and coming tech hubs here.
|2||San Diego-Carlsbad, CA|
|3||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA|
|5||Durham-Chapel Hill, NC|
Best Industries for Startups
We took a look at the performance of various industries in the United States to find which ones are performing best. While it's helpful to have a working knowledge of the health of various industries before starting your business, it won't be a guaranteed success if you start a business in a growing industry. You can find our full study here.
|1||Professional, scientific and technical services|
|2||Administrative support, waste management, and remediation services|
|5||Transportation and warehousing|
Financing Your Business
Starting your own business can be tough and no matter what you do, your business will require funding. If you can, bootstrapping of financing your venture on your own is likely going to be the cheapest option. However, a lot of people can't finance their ideas on their own and need external help for financing. No matter what industry your business is in or model you follow, working capital will likely be required.
While most entrepreneurs immediately think of venture capital when they hear startup financing, venture capital funding is actually exceedingly rare. Small-business loans, business line of credit, and other forms of debt financing are far more common, and often cheaper than venture capital.
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Interviews with Startups and Lenders
We interviewed several key players in the startup space including startups, lenders, and non-profits geared towards helping businesses launch. These interviews address common problems and solutions, issues pertaining to startups, and more.
Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs
Our startup and small-business experts combed the web for the most useful resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.
|Coursera||Platform for online courses, including ones on entrepreneurship|
|Udemy||Another platform with a large collection of online courses|
|edX||Platform for free online courses for entrepreneurs with tight budgets|
|Masters of Scale (Podcast)||Listen to lessons from successful entrepreneurs, as they describe how they grew their respective companies|
|Startup Podcast||A podcast that follows several businesses through the process of launching|
|The Pitch||Another podcast where you listen to ventures pitch their ideas to four investors; similar to "Shark Tank" but without the TV drama|
|SiteGuru||A free SEO tool that performs a health check on your site's SEO status|
|Moz||Another service that helps analyze the SEO performance of a page or domain|
|SBA||The government arm geared toward helping small businesses and startups; provides financing and educational resources|
|SCORE||A nonprofit organization that is entirely focused on helping startups and small businesses|
|America's Small Business Development Centers||Another organization that provides in-person educational and mentoring services for startups|
|Clarity||A platform to connect with experts who are knowledgeable in fields outside your domain of expertise|
|Young Entrepreneur Council||A professional network of global entrepreneurs with a specific focus on mobile ventures|
|Strategyzer||A site that gives you a template to build a business model canvas, which is a helpful internal and external resource|
|userinput.io||A service that collects feedback on your website or idea from real people|
|Global Accelerator Network||A network of dozens of accelerators located across the globe|
|My Tweet Alerts||A tool that allows you to create a customizable list of tweets to get alerts about, allowing you to closely monitor specific topics and what the public market is talking about|
|Planable||A visual project management tool for planning social media campaigns|
|Help a Reporter Out (HARO)||A platform where reporters submit various queries to talk to experts on a daily basis, providing an easy channel to promote your startup|
|Mindnet Analytics||A tool that crawls the web and shows you where your business is being mentioned|