Being a successful entrepreneur means you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don’t have enough employees to cover all the areas you need.

Learning the new skills necessary to start a new business can be expensive, but fortunately, the initiative for free, high-quality, educational resources online, business blogs, and free guides have only continued to grow in the past few years.

On this series of the Bootstrapped Startup, we are going to share the top tools and educational resources, focusing on great business blogs, resource sites, free guides, and online learning courses.

Great business blogs and resource sites

Advice for founders of start-ups and start-up entrepreneurs on writing a business plan, running a home-based business, naming a start-up business, how to incorporate, financing a start-up, buying a small business, and starting a franchise.

Run by HubSpot co-founder Dharmesh Shah, On Startups offers advice and insights for entrepreneurs.

A blog for startups and entrepreneurs, written by David Skok, a five-time serial entrepreneur turned VC (now at Matrix. Partners)

Ryan Roberts’Startup Lawyer breaks down the legal issues of startups.

Essential business advice for starting and growing businesses.

Help and advice for going from the idea stage to business plan to the marketplace and beyond.

Successful CEOs share their experiences with the masses.

Everything you wanted to know about starting a successful business. (disclaimer: I am the founder of Alltopstartups)

This subreddit is for entrepreneurs, wantrepreneurs, and anyone who just wants to put their mark on the world and make it a little more awesome.

Find breaking news & money news on mortgage rates, mutual funds, the stock market, bonds & notes, company research, earnings reports and market insight.

Quora’s question-answering website has some fantastic responses from establish entrepreneurs and investors for entrepreneurs.

WSJ small business guide covering how to start, fund, run and manage your small business.

Forbes entrepreneur section, specifically on how entrepreneurs are running businesses and advice from entrepreneurs.

A compilation of startup-centric content. Case studies on the experiences of individual entrepreneurs and companies.

An online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide.

Celebrating, supporting and inspiring women entrepreneurs.

Your essential fix of entrepreneurial ideas.

Blogs, articles and videos from the world’s top leaders and thinkers.

Free weekly email to help you meet people and learn more.

Upfront Ventures partner Mark Suster’s blog runs the gamut from sales strategies to fundraising and startup culture. is an authoritative small business online magazine, dedicated to cover the latest tips, news, ideas, and tools for small business owners.
Frequency about 21 posts per week.

Free Guides & Learning Courses

No-nonsense, jargon-free marketing lessons (by Google).

A free e-book about maximizing Customer Lifetime Value.

A free 9-day course on charging what you’re worth.

How to get sponsorships for anything.

A free course to help you become a better marketer.

A free course to help you build an online course.

A FREE email course to help you become a better marketer.

The beginner’s guide to successful blogging.

Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals by learning from an extensive library of over 80,000 courses taught by expert instructors.

Free online classes from 80+ top universities & organizations.

Free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Unlock your creativity with free online classes & projects.

Learn to code interactively, for free.

This course is taught by Steve Blank, who has built several Silicon Valley startups, authored two books on entrepreneurship, and teaches around the world. In this course, you will learn about the Customer Development Process, which teaches entrepreneurs how to develop and test their ideas using data from real customers.

Stay tuned for next week’s, the Bootstrapped Startup article series to learn about free email management tools.

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