The Best Online Resources for Young Entrepreneurs
Young entrepreneurs are leaving a big impression on the business world. From their innovative products and inventions to their ability to network like pros, a lot can be said about the newest generation of business owners. They’re often the first to try something new or support other business ideas as demonstrated by the wildly successful crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
With that being said, where do young entrepreneurs go for information when they need it? Are there websites designed specifically for giving advice to the younger generation of self-starters? Which ones are recommended and why?
Here is a list of the best online resources we’ve found for young entrepreneurs:
- Young Entrepreneur. Part of Entrepreneur.com, Young Entrepreneur is a popular resource for the under 30 crowd. Filled with tips, advice, and feel-good stories about young business owners, it is a website that should be bookmarked and referred to often. Sample articles include 10 Pointers Every Young Entrepreneur Needs to Know and More Proof That YouTube’s Top Stars are Getting Filthy Rich. Young Entrepreneur also has Facebook and Twitter accounts to like and follow.
- Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement (JA) is a volunteer-led organization that teaches students K-12 entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work-readiness. Children that participate in the program are better prepared for the working world once they’ve completed school. The organization hands out a number of prestigious awards each year. They are the JA Company of the Year award, JA National Business Plan Challenge award, NYSE Best Financial Performance Award and the FedEx Access Award.
- YoungUpstarts. YoungUpstarts focuses on stories and articles that have to do with leadership. The site appeals to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who desire to celebrate their products, services, and vision with a changing world. Young entrepreneurs who want to perfect what they do will find the advice of seasoned professionals refreshing.
- BuildersLab. Advertised as “A Place for Inspiration and Business Know How”, BuildersLab is a hub for aspiring young business owners. It is a community where young minds can explore, create, and share ideas that help grow businesses. Popular categories on the site include Getting Started, Finding Help, Launching, Business Ideas, and Success Stories.
- Kidpreneurs. Brothers Matthew and Adam Toren know a thing or two about starting a business. As serial entrepreneurs and authors, they’ve been sharing their ideas with emerging and distressed small businesses for years. They’ve authored books such as Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs with BIG Ideas and Kidpreneurs: Parent/Teacher Guide. Their blog offers advice, tips, and interviews with successful kid entrepreneurs.
- CreateSpace. An Amazon.com company, CreateSpace makes self-publishing easy. The price per book is relatively low and the tools the website makes available to users are easy to master. If you’re planning on printing a small number of books, it’s one of the cheapest companies around. The company also has one of the best payout structures.
If you’re new to the business world and lacking the experience needed to be taken seriously, don’t fret. Visit the websites above for up-to-date information and helpful tips for running a successful business. More importantly, don’t give up quickly. The world is full of creative minds. It’s your job to show others how they can’t live without your ideas, products, and services. That’s what gives you an edge.
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