work life balance

If Work/Life Balance is a Myth, How Do We Manage?

I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as true work/life balance. Anyone who has it figured out or is telling you how to achieve it is feeding you nothing but BS.

 

Everyone is uber-busy and as much as we’d like to achieve balance between our work and professional lives, it doesn’t exist in the form we like to think. You cannot manage time, you can only manage tasks.

 

In all of our lives, balance is not the ultimate goal, it’s just an average of what you are doing. We all juggle multiple things at once in our lives – businesses, kids, spouses, friends, charities, etc. To say you are not trying to do it all is a lie.

 

61% of Americans say they do not have time to do what they need to do. Click To Tweet

 

I’ll be the first to admit I can be an absolute hot mess at times. I’m married, have 2 daughters, one of which started middle school this year, own my own business and am deeply involved in my community. Late nights are nothing new. There are days that I’d rather sit and read Outlander than be productive.

 

Life keeps going and so must we.

 

Kiz Adams, Work/Life Balance Coordinator at the University of Georgia has become one of my new favorite people. A former UGA Law School professor (true story – she taught my husband when he was in law school there), she now holds a new position at our alma mater, working to help UGA employees balance out their professional and personal lives (kudos to the Provost for creating this role). Kiz spoke at the Terry College of Business Professional Women’s Conference I help with each year and her session alone was worth the price of the entire conference.

 

How do we manage all these moving parts in our lives? Here are some of the key takeaways from Kiz, and the biggest time wasters you will encounter, and hopefully by knowing these, you will be able to restructure your time so you won’t go about your day as one hot mess.

 

Five Takeaways

One of the first things to know is that…

Efficiency is not Effectiveness

Urgent does not mean Important

Clock is not a Compass

 

Set Goals

Make Professional Goals, then prioritize them. Make Personal Goals, then prioritize them. When making your goals, ask yourself, “What’s important at this time in my life?” This will dictate A LOT. We all go through seasons in our lives. My goals 5 years ago are different from what they are now. Once you make your choices, own it!

 

Brain-Dump Frequently

There’s a graphic floating around social media that talks about your brain functioning like an internet browser with multiple tabs open. It can get quite overwhelming. Doing a weekly brain-dump is a great habit to get into. If you’re not familiar with a brain-dump, it’s when you write everything that needs to get done on a list (this can be personal things or professional) and then prioritize it all. I do this every Sunday evening. Of course, things will get added throughout the week as I remember or as they come up. You can also do this via Google Docs or in your smartphone.

 

Figure Out Where Your Time Goes

You only have 168 hours every week. Do you know how you are spending your time? For one week, a normal week, log in your time – yes, every time you check your email, every time you look at Facebook, every time you blog, etc. – and at the end of the week, total it up and see what you spend your time on. Evaluate that.

Here are some questions to ask:

  • How much is applicable to my goal(s)?
  • Do I need to reevaluate my goal(s) (time-invested v. time-spent)?
  • Am I underestimating how long tasks are taking?
  • Am I interrupted often?
  • Do I procrastinate?
  • Have I taken on more than I was originally hired to do?

 

Restructure Your Time

It’s not enough to recognize when you have a problem managing your tasks, you have to change the behavior. Start with one area – don’t try to change it all at one time. Schedule your important, high priority stuff first. Also, tackle the stuff you don’t want to do first. That always makes things easier!

 

Stop Wasting Time – The Time Wasters that Haunt Us

It’s bad enough our attention spans are now shorter than a goldfish. We are easily distracted and good at wasting time. Some of these time wasters are ones you wouldn’t think of, so have an open mind.

 

No. 1 – Email

How many times a day are you clicking over to your inbox or checking in on your phone? Stop checking this constantly. Set aside 2 or 3 times each day to check your email (unless there is something urgent you are expecting). For example, check it at 8am, 12pm, and 4pm – and ONLY at those 3 times. Also, organize your emails with tags, reminders, folders, etc. to make your inbox easier to decipher.

 

No. 2 – Multitaskingimg_0416

 

You would think this would be a time-saver, right? Wrong! This is a myth. It takes more time to switch between tasks. Studies have shown that after a mere 30 second interruption, it can take 5 minutes to get on track and research has shown that most workers switch tasks every 3 minutes (Kiz Adams, Terry PWC Conference Presentation). So that’s about 160 switches each day. Doing Kiz’s math from the conference, you can also see in the picture, 160x5min=800 minutes of lost productivity (13 hours). Her suggestion? “Batch” your tasks in 90 minute- 2 hour time segments. That’s about all your brain can handle at one continuous time. I’ve started doing this and I get more done.

 

No. 3 – Meetings

Plan meetings carefully and always have an agenda and focus. Do not just meet to meet.

 

No. 4 – Reports & Memos

Avoid any unnecessary narrative if possible and use bulletpoints. Charts and spreadsheets can get your point across quite effectively.

 

No. 5 – The Internet

I could write a novel here, as I’m sure you could Google this and find more articles than needed. Just be specific on what you are doing and have a time limit.

 

No. 6 – The Chatty Coworker

Fortunately for me, I’m the only one in my office. My chatty coworker is a dog who likes to bark at anything that moves outside the window. However, for those who do work in an office, if you can, just close the door or invite that person on a walk. If all else fails, just gently talk with person about their talkativeness.

 

No. 7 – The Boss that Gives You More and More and More

It’s great to have the vote of confidence from your boss that you are doing a good job and that they value your work. However, sometimes that can be taken advantage of when they pile stuff on your already-full plate. If this is you, kindly ask your boss to prioritize the new task(s) and ask yourself if you have to do this and if you have the skills. And if need be, you may have to talk with your boss and come up with another plan.

 

No. 8 – The Travel/Commute

If you are one of the ones who spend a good bit of time in your vehicle (or on a train or bus) getting to and from work each day, you know you have time to waste. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up via audiobook on some business books, or compose notes on your tablet or smartphone for a project. Maybe you can just use the time for some coveted “you” time (the moms everywhere are jealous).

 

No. 9 – Procrastination

I am so guilty of this. The advice Kiz gave was spot-on and I couldn’t have said it better. Just jump in. Do something to force your hand. Narrow your focus. Break things into 10-20 minutes segments. Most people procrastinate because they get overwhelmed thinking about everything that has to be done, that’s why breaking it up is a good way to start.

 

No. 10 – Perfection

Perfectionists are the worst. We will tinker with something just to get it right, wasting who knows how much time just to make sure we have the right font, or something is spaced right, or we have the right wording. Here is where we need to let go or just outsource.

 

Wrapping it all up, what can we do to help make our lives more manageable?

Wake up Early

Get up early in the morning and get going. Getting an early start always sets you ahead for the day and makes you feel like you’ve gotten something accomplished before the day really starts.

 

Do the highest priority/most important task first

Doing the most important task first usually takes the biggest weight off your shoulder for the entire day or week. Same can be said for the most dreaded task!

 

Be 100% focused on whatever you are doing at the moment.

It doesn’t matter if you are pushing your child on a swing or writing a business proposal, be 100% focused on the task at hand. Your child or partner will remember the undivided attention you gave them. You will also find when you are 100% focused on what you are doing, you’ll be more effective and efficient because there won’t be anything to distract you.

 

Learn to unplug and put the electronics up.

This is hard, but you just have to unplug at times. We can frequently go into information overload and working in social media, it happens more than I care to admit. When your business is 24/7/365, it’s hard to unplug but trust me, you just got to. Your eyes, mind and family will appreciate it. After a refreshing break, you’ll find yourself more focused and ready.

 

Just say “no”. And do not feel you have to explain why.

You do not have to agree to everything. There is not enough time in the day to be superwoman (or superman). Busy makes us feel important, when in reality it doesn’t. We choose to be busy. We think if we go on and on about what all we have to do, we will be perceived as being someone important. We have to prioritize what we do. It could be your children, your spouse or something else. When you do say no, unless specifically pressed, you do not have to explain your reason(s) why. It’s no one’s business but your own why you are declining something.

 

Realize that YOU are in charge.

Only you have the power to say yes and no. No one else speaks for you. Do not concede to putting it in someone else’s hands. You have more power than you think.

 

Draw the line and defend it.

Being a working mom, I have boundaries. You need to have boundaries too. You need to know what you will and won’t do and defend that. This could be time with your kids, ethical business situations, things that pertain to your religious beliefs. We all have lines we won’t cross and when tempted, we need to defend it. On the same lines, find your family time and defend it as well. If your family time is from 5-8pm, for example, do not take phone calls or work during that time. Sometimes that balance means turning clients down. Remember, if they want to work with you bad enough, they will work with you on this.

 

Last but not least…

 

Success is finite; aim for significance.

Success can be a new client or an award. Significance means you made a difference. We all want to have success, but that really only lasts so long. Aim for something that you will be remembered by. If you are too caught up in the everyday busyness of our lives, we’ll never achieve that long-term success (significance) we are looking for.

 

How are you working your life out? How are you managing it all?

 

 

How to Start an Ecommerce Business: 6 Easy Tips

For most of my life, I have dreamed of being a business owner. I grew up in a small town where the single location, “mom and pop” stores were the norm.

As a young girl, I went back and forth between wanting to run my own clothing store versus my own book store. Although my town had a few of these niche-type shops and a couple of department stores already, I still held onto my dream for many years.

But then I graduated from high school, went off to college, and have lived in larger towns ever since.

However, even in my small hometown, the entire concept of shopping has changed dramatically over the past two decades. The town I grew up in now boasts a “super” Walmart and a Kohl’s store, for example. I’m glad that some of the original independent stores continue thriving though.

In today’s hustle and bustle world of franchises and mega-stores, the small, family-owned businesses seem to have become more of an exception than not.

There is also the ever-growing popularity of online shopping, which is yet another form of competition that many small business owners find they must now contend with. People no longer have to leave their homes at all to buy almost anything they want or need. And online shopping continuously becomes more sophisticated and convenient in order to keep up with consumer demand.

How about you – are you a startup or small business owner with products and/or solutions to sell?

If so, there has never been a better time to consider starting your own ecommerce business, especially if you want to reach consumers who are outside your local bubble.

Here are a few things to consider when starting an ecommerce business

In a recent article for Entrepreneur, The Top 5 Reasons You Should Start an Ecommerce Business, Thomas Smale explains why now is the “right” time:

  1. Worldwide, ecommerce is expected to grow by as much as 13 to 25 percent (forecasting $1.6 trillion in profits for online merchants this year, and $2.5 trillion in profits by 2018).
  2. The ability to earn as you sleep (Time zones are no longer a factor – your shop is open 24/7/365).
  3. It’s easy to get up and running (I talk about this more below).
  4. Eighty percent of the web population has made a purchase online.
  5. You can sell more to customers down the line.

If you’re new to the concept of ecommerce, you may feel initially overwhelmed by all the options out there.

However, once you choose an ecommerce platform, you’ll find that most online storefront builders provide all the resources and tools you need. Most of them will walk you through, step-by-step. This helps you to set up your shop and start selling online quickly and easily.

From the giant ecommerce sites such as Amazon and eBay, to smaller, niche online storefront builder/platforms such as Spaces, there is a site for all types of budding ecommerce business.

How to start an ecommerce business: 6 easy tips to help you plan out the basics

I found a helpful post on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website about starting a successful ecommerce business.

The author of the post, Caron Beesley, obtained advice from real business owners who have hands-on experience and first-hand knowledge.

Here is a list of the easy tips and helpful hints they provide for starting your own ecommerce business:

  1. Decide what you want to do and define your niche

Knowing what you are going to sell, how, and to whom is a critical part of your business plan.

  1. Have a plan

Just like any other aspect of sales and marketing, you must start with a strong foundation – i.e., a plan – from the get-go.

A plan provides you with the goals and focus you need, as well as a budget to work with. As well, having a plan allows you to anticipate and be prepared for all situations – positive and negative – that may arise.

  1. Fund your business at a low cost

Fortunately, most ecommerce builders and platforms let you get started at a low cost. Some even let you start for free.

That way, if you decide that an ecommerce business is more complicated or time-consuming for you to maintain, you won’t lose much money.

  1. Build a website

Just like having an attractive and findable website is important for your other inbound marketing activities, it is essential that you have one for your ecommerce activities as well.

Your website is where your potential customers can learn more about you and your products as they begin researching and making their purchasing decisions.

  1. Drive traffic to your site

Having a great website is not enough these days, especially when you’re building an ecommerce business. In order for people to find you online, you must also implement SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques such as regular blogging and making good keyword choices for your evergreen content.

Being active and engaged on social media is also essential. Social media platforms allow you to have online conversations and develop relationships with current and potential consumers.

When your ecommerce business is more established, social media can provide great opportunities for you to reward loyal customers (with coupons or special sale notifications), as well as provide customer service. These help with customer retention and a good reputation for your ecommerce business.

  1. Don’t forget to follow the “rules of the road”

In other words, make sure you read and fully understand all of the terms and conditions for the ecommerce platform you choose to go with. And, just like starting a brick and mortar business, you will also want to follow all the legal steps involved in starting an ecommerce business.

The SBA provides information for starting a business here.

They also provide a thorough guide and checklist for entrepreneurs who are specifically interested in starting an ecommerce business here.

 

Are you in the process of starting your own ecommerce business or have you considered it? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

5 Steps to Handling Your Business' Social Media During a Natural Disaster

5 Steps to Handling Your Business’ Social Media During a Natural Disaster

As a business owner, you hope to never find yourself prepping for a natural disaster. Whether it be a blizzard, ice storm, flood, or hurricane, it’s something you are never taught to do. There isn’t a college course called “Disaster Prep for Business Owners 101” or “Managing a Business During a Hurricane 3000”.

I, like many of my fellow Southern coastal business owner peers, found myself on a crash course with this this past week. We were lucky – from what I saw, most came away with little damage, but I know it could have been worse. Everyone had a great support system and stepped up and helped each other.

Before I get too far into this post, let me say, prepping your business physically and prepping your business online are two totally different things. I saw many businesses totally unprepared for this online. Even with a natural disaster approaching, you cannot forget about your social media/digital marketing campaigns. Yes, I fully realize that this may not be the most important element of your business at the moment, but trust me on this, social media may end up being your only form of communication with your fans, customers, and the outside world.

Hurricane Matthew is now a chapter in our “How to Handle Your Business 101” books and even though we know what to do NOW, here’s what YOU should do if you find yourself prepping for a natural disaster.

5 Steps for Handling Social Media During a Natural Disaster

Before the event (blizzard, storm, hurricane) happens, post what your status is.

Will you be closing early or will you be open? Are you closing entirely? The public will want to know your status if you are a brick and mortar store.

Call in the back-ups.

Make sure you have a point-person to monitor your social media if you are not able to.

  • Example: I’m in Georgia, 60-65 miles inland. We were supposed to be partially hit by the hurricane. My marketing assistant Jenn lives in Texas – she’s my back-up. She was aware of what was going on so she could take over in case I lost power or internet. On top of that, a dear friend and peer in California also offered her services as well.

Plan C’s are never a bad idea too. Even if you do not have an outside company handling your social media, make sure you have someone other than yourself who can post for you, just in case.

Look at what you do have scheduled and reschedule if needed.

I have two examples for this.

  • What TO do: I am working on a sheriff re-election campaign. It would have been in poor taste for his page to be posting reelection posts when his county was one of the counties affected by the hurricane. We rescheduled all posts for a later time and only shared important information that related to what was going on now.
  • What NOT to do: a store I follow from one of the islands affected was posting to their Instagram account cute outfits and to “Shop Now!”. Even if I wanted to “shop now!”, I couldn’t – there would have a Georgia State Patrol car blocking the interstate exit as I tried to get onto that island. Someone should have paid attention to what they were posting.

Once the event is over, mark yourself as “safe” on Facebook.

This is great feature on Facebook. This will let your friends know you are indeed safe.

hurricane safe

When you are able, update your social media the status of your business.

Let them know if you have power, when you will be reopening, your hours, etc. Keep the public informed. You can do this or your back-up point person can. There may be chaos, but you can cut a lot of down but keeping people informed.

When a natural disaster is coming, there’s always stress. You just need to remember to take care of yourself and your family first. Your business wouldn’t be here without you. Hopefully these five steps will help alleviate some of that stress where your business is involved.

If you have faced something like a blizzard or hurricane, what else have you done to prep your business? Share below in the comments and let me know!

How to Ace Business Travel like a Pro

How to Ace Business Travel like a Pro

Whether you’re a solopreneur, work for a major corporation, or fall somewhere in between, there is always a good possibility that you’ll travel for business purposes. Although a lot of business is conducted virtually and online in our modern society, face-to-face meetings are often invaluable for developing and maintaining solid business relationships.

Business travel slowed in the U.S. during 2015 due to a variety of economic uncertainties. However, the percentage of people traveling, at least for domestic business travel in the U.S., has picked up somewhat in 2016 so far.

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents, has been keeping tabs on multiple statistics which impact the rates of business travel. Most notable is the lower cost of airfare due to the plunge in oil prices earlier this year. As a result, the GBTA anticipates the overall increase in travel spend for 2016 to be around 3.7% in the U.S. They have forecasted an even more significant increase in global business travel spend over 2015.

The time and current economic situation are conducive for business travel. Get ready to pack up your laptop and/or tablet, appropriate business attire, and smartphones and travel like a pro.

Here are suggestions to make business travel less stressful and more efficient

There’s little doubt that business travel can feel overwhelming, especially when you are a new or infrequent traveler. Planning ahead will help you feel more prepared and less stressed.

In her article for U.S. News, Sienna Kossman shares a variety of useful tips for efficient and stress-free business travel. Her post provides a helpful, basic resource that you may find helpful as well. Consider these tips as you start planning your own trip.

Here are a few of Kossman’s pro tips for business travel:

  1. If you’re planning to be on the go regularly or need to be able to leave at a moment’s notice, make sure to keep essentials packed at all times. This includes toiletries and charging cables, for example.
  2. Remember to pack leisure clothing items. You probably won’t be in meetings for your entire trip so make sure you have comfortable clothes and shoes for sightseeing, going out on the town, etc.
  3. Avoid checking bags. You’ll save time and money when you pack what you need in a carry-on.
  4. Sign up for frequent traveler programs. These types of services will save you a lot of time and hassle since they allow pre-approved travelers to bypass traditional security checks.
  5. Make sure you have all the documents you need for travel (i.e., driver’s license, tickets, passport, etc.) and that you’re able to quickly access them. This will help further reduce the time you spend waiting in line at the airport.

As I mentioned above, all business travel involves planning ahead as much as possible. It can make all the difference between having an experience that is enjoyable or downright regrettable. There are two primary aspects of business travel which especially require diligent planning: packing and securing accommodations.

Here are recommendations for packing properly and finding affordable accommodations like a pro:

What to pack for business travel

Decide what absolutely needs to be packed, what can be left behind, and what can be bought when you arrive at your destination. Packing for a business trip is much different than for a family vacation. For business travel, efficiency is key.

TripCase, an itinerary management travel app, shares an excellent business trip packing checklist on their blog titled, “Packing List For A Stress-Free Business Trip.” As the author of this post points out,

Preparedness and planning are you(r) best weapons. With a well thought out, but simple plan of attack, it’s easy to avoid a large number of the plights and pitfalls that many travelers fall victim to.

The author recommends coming up with a handful of categories as a way of organizing your business travel packing:

Your attire

  • What is the dress code?
  • Will you need a versatile wardrobe?
  • How long are you going to be there?
  • What is the weather going to be like at your destination?
  • Have an extra outfit for each function at the ready, just in case.

Work-related items

  • Printed handouts
  • Business cards
  • Pens and a notebook
  • Laptop, mouse, and charger (or tablet(s) and charger)

Electronics and entertainment

  • Chargers
  • Power adaptors
  • Books for fun reading
  • Phone accessories

Choosing a place to stay

In some cases, the company you work for chooses where you’ll stay when you’re traveling for them. However, when you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, for example, you are most likely responsible for your own accommodations. Ideally, you want to find a safe, comfortable place to relax at the end of the day without spending a small fortune.

For short stays, you can go online and easily find discounted corporate rates for business travelers, either using travel sites or through specific hotels’ websites.

Kristina Portillo, the founder of the Business Travel Life website, shares useful tips for accessing corporate hotel rates as a small business owner on her blog post, “How to Get Corporate Hotel Rates.”

Portillo’s tips include the following:

  • Do not make your reservation using the 800 number
  • Request a corporate rate if you are doing business with a local company
  • Ask for an unofficial corporate rate
  • Do not approach a busy check-in desk
  • Ask for a non-refundable rate

Some business trips require you to stay for an extended period of time. Fortunately, there are many affordable and comfortable extended stay options to choose from. Whether you’re seeking a simple place to stay with a small kitchen and real “dishes,” or a furnished home or apartment – or something in between – there are many different types of accommodations available.

Here are a few ideas for extended stay business travelers:

Although planning for business travel requires a good amount of time and patience, it will be completely worthwhile when you successfully arrive at your destination. You’ll have time to focus on your business needs and be more productive with your work, rather than worrying about lost luggage, unsatisfactory accommodations or botched reservations.

What are other tips do you have for efficient and stress-free business travel? I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions – please feel free to leave a comment below.

The 5 Best Resources for a New Entrepreneur

The 5 Best Resources for a New Entrepreneur

Are you thinking about becoming an entrepreneur or solopreneur? If so, then you are certainly not alone.

There are thousands – if not millions – of people who dream about pursuing their passions and becoming their own bosses. And indeed, thousands of people in the U.S. strike out on their own each year.

Taking those first steps towards becoming an entrepreneur and starting a new business may seem a little scary to you. This may be especially true if you’re choosing to leave a secure job with a decent paycheck and benefits.

For the most part, though, an entrepreneur who is ready to take that leap of faith is also more than ready to exchange his or her cubicle and commute for flexibility and fulfillment.

If this sounds like you, keep reading!

How to get started as an entrepreneur…even when you have no idea where to start

A person who wants to become an entrepreneur in today’s modern world has one key advantage: the internet. There are thousands of places where you can go online and find information about becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business.

I’ll get to some of those resources soon.

When you are first getting started as a new entrepreneur, though, you’re usually in a nebulous state where you have all sorts of various ideas running around in your head (or on many pieces of paper).

One of your first steps involves organizing all of those thoughts and narrowing them down. You also need encouragement and motivation to take the next step(s).

In her article for Entrepreneur, “So You Want to Be Your Own Boss…” Tamara Monosoff shares eight more excellent tips to “get you going, even if you don’t know where to start.”

Here are those eight tips:

  1. Take a stand for yourself.
  2. Identify the Right Business for You.
  3. Business Planning Improves Your Chances for Success.
  4. Know Your Target Audience Before You Spend a Penny.
  5. Understand Your Personal Finances and Choose the Right Kind of Money You Need for Your Business.
  6. Build a Support Network.
  7. Sell By Creating Value.
  8. Get the Word Out.

So you’ve gotten organized, you have a business plan in place…and you’re ready to be an entrepreneur?

Just like most other significant choices you make in your life, being an entrepreneur doesn’t end with making the decision to become one. Nor will you become an overnight success just because you have something that everyone needs.

It’s important to note that most entrepreneurs experience constant growth and learning. One reason is because it’s important that the entrepreneur keeps up with trends in his/her industry and target market.

Staying on top of the trends that matter most requires access to excellent and trustworthy resources. As I mentioned above, there are literally thousands of websites and articles that you can learn from. And each site offers value to a budding entrepreneur, at least to some extent, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

However, there are trustworthy sites which can provide a new entrepreneur with the basics, as well as more detailed information as he/she grows.

Here are five reliable online resources for a new (or even a not-so-new) entrepreneur:

  1. Entrepreneur

By its name alone, you know this site is going to be a good one to bookmark. This popular go-to resource for entrepreneurs provides current news and articles which are well-written and entertaining as well as informative. Entrepreneur also hosts educational live events and webinars which any business owner – whether just starting out or seasoned – may find useful to attend.

  1. Entrepreneurship.org

This is a fantastic site designed specifically for entrepreneurs. This free online resource is hosted by the Kauffman Foundation which is a private foundation which provides grants for education and entrepreneurship.

The site’s library shares abundant information about the following topics:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • The Entrepreneur
  • Business Operations
  • Products & Services
  • Human Resources
  • Public Policy

 

  1. Noobpreneur.com

I wanted to include this site since it’s one of my personal favorites. Are you asking yourself, “What is a “noobpreneur”? The founder of Noobpreneur.com, Ivan Widjaya, defines it for us:

It is a term I’ve coined to describe myself as – Noobpreneur = Newbie Entrepreneur. I define a newbie entrepreneur as someone who is ALWAYS a newbie (first-timer) in his/her entrepreneurial journey. In other words, a noobpreneur is someone who is not afraid to learn new knowledge and try new things.

If you’re a noobpreneur, too, who is short on time, but who also wants to stay in-the-know, then this multi-authored blog site is perfect for you, too. The authors from this site share their knowledge through relevant and informative articles. The result is an invaluable resource for any entrepreneur, “newbie” or not.

  1. Shopify Business Encyclopedia

This site offers a wealth of free, easy-to-access information to help new entrepreneurs “learn everything there is to know about running a business.” You’ll find dozens of definitions and current articles covering various topics which include “how to start a business,” and “how to sell online.”

  1. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency which provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Their site offers a wealth of information related to starting and managing a business, as well as an extensive “learning center.” The SBA Learning Center covers other important topics for entrepreneurs including marketing and financing.

 

Are any – or all – of these resources on your list? Do you have others you would add? Please feel free to let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

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