When you’re starting a business, look for some resources to help you get going. Beyond any legal requirements or filings that you must complete, it is very important to get your hands on some assets that will help to increase the likelihood of your business’s success. Books, courses, blogs, websites, podcasts and more are all great places to start.
Canada Business Network
The Canada Business Network is a massive resource for budding Canadian entrepreneurs. The website provides information about starting a business, business planning, financing, naming a business, registering a business, permits and licenses, payroll, and more.
Paid and Free Structured Courses
After studying your favorite entrepreneurs, take some inexpensive courses to sharpen up your skills. Courses about any topic imaginable are available for free, or inexpensively. A fantastic marketplace for courses is Udemy.com. It’s a great place to learn or brush up on critical business areas like finance, accounting, marketing, sales, negotiation, design, business law, setting up a website and general entrepreneurship.
Probably the most valuable thing you can do is to learn from entrepreneurs who have already been successful. The easiest way to do that is simply by searching for interviews with them on YouTube. You can also get inspiration from TED Talks on entrepreneurship from some of today’s leading innovators and thought leaders.
Three Must Read Books
Books are always a fantastic resource and are usually quite inexpensive. Three critically important books for budding entrepreneurs are:
- “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel: This refreshing tome of business ideas and concepts will make you think. As Mark Zuckerberg says on the back cover, “This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.” It comes from an authoritative source; Thiel is a self-made billionaire.
- “How to Win at the Sport of Business” by Mark Cuban: This short book is packed with hard-hitting, critically important business advice. Every short chapter is right to the point, with no fluff. Cuban is also a self-made billionaire, so the content is certainly coming from an authority on business.
- “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz: The subtitle of this book says it all: “Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers.” Horowitz is the co-founder of one of the most respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley and is an extremely experienced entrepreneur. His book has become required reading in the startup world.
Podcasts are another fantastic way to learn from experienced entrepreneurs. Luckily, there a huge number of them available for free. One of the most listened-to podcasts is by Tim Ferriss, who runs a popular blog. He brings on a wide variety of successful entrepreneurs and extracts some of the best ideas and pieces of advice. Beyond the business content, his podcast also covers a lot of self-help material. His podcast has over 60 million downloads.