“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree—make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e., the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”
This quarantine is a true challenge for everyone. First weeks might have been blissful – you know, waking up whenever, reading, finally cleaning your flat and starting to exercise.
But after a while, you start lacking the outside stimulus. Some sort of motivation and reasoning why are you doing all of these things in the first place. You are not only feeling stuck inside your house but also inside your head.
We decided to try to be that stimulus and motivate you to become in charge of your future and your career. Yes, it is not going to be easy for both of us. Motivating people during this time of crisis when the whole internet is filled with the all-knowing people telling you what to do. We are going to try to win you over with our honestly.
If you have a burning idea to try thinking of building a startup – now is the time.
Last weeks’ blog was about how to build a startup from scratch so, if you feel inspired after it and still want to make your startup dream come true, let’s check out some of the useful online resources to make it happen. In this blog, we are going to provide you with a wide range of various courses and people, some of them are going to be more specific and some – a bit broader.
Before we start, we are not doing this because we are getting paid for the clicks on the links. We don’t. Just want to share the resources with you that we found useful throughout our startup journey.
Let’s dive into the resources that are going to help you to build and grow your startup.
Thanks to the quarantine you can try Skillshare premium for two whole months. Which is awesome. Skillshare is full of various courses, both short and long. And it does cover almost every step of the process while trying to build and grow your startup!
- Pitching your idea
To begin with, you can find super useful courses which will teach you how to present and pitch your idea. As we all know, having a cool idea is far from being enough. You must know how to present it. How to give people that AHA moment. You know, when they get what you mean and understand it’s value.
Before even looking into these courses we suggest you test the way you are planning to communicate your startup idea. Describe your idea in a few sentences and try to pitch it to the people of all ages and backgrounds. Call your mother, visit your friend and your grandma. Try to explain it in the way everyone would understand and believe in it. It is a great practice. You will grow more fond of your idea and it will become more clear. Believe us. Let’s get back to the benefits of Skillshare.
- How to communicate
Here you can also find courses that can teach you how to communicate in general. When building a business, you must know how to communicate tasks, ideas and goals to your team. No one can read your mind and if you want a smoother start, you must know how to turn your thoughts into words.
- How to stay productive
Most people think that being productive is putting more time into something. Not really. You need to know how to use your time efficiently and keep up the workflow. We all must know the feeling when you are just sitting in front of your computer screen and staring at the blank Word page. Trying to squeeze something out of your brain but nothing is coming out. Then you start panicking because you didn’t manage to spit out a single logical sentence. You can’t count that as a productive day, right? Some people do. They just think oh well at least I have tried – I have been sitting for all of these hours, so it should count as a legit workday. Skillshare productivity courses are going to teach you how to avoid these kinds of situations and have valuable workday.
We only shared a few of the things that we have found interesting. Skillshare is full of more awesome stuff so check it out.
This is an extremely useful website for anyone who wants to start anything in this digital world. It doesn’t matter if you want to try dropshipping, maybe try to make some extra cash while blogging, build and grow your startup or deepen your marketing skills. At DigitalMarketer you can learn everything from the basics on how to figure out who is your perfect customer, how to do competitive analysis, to how to become a digital marketing guru.
At DigitalMarketer you can also find all of the background information if you want to be able to grasp and idea what is marketing in the digital age. Because most of the entrepreneurs who are starting a business do not know what is marketing and how it works.
We believe that when you are starting a business, you need to know at least the basics of marketing in order to manage your marketing team and not start your startup off the wrong foot.
Because of the DigitalMarketer courses, we have found out about these social media superheroes:
3. The genius of Linkedin – Marcus Murphy
Marcus is a zero bullshit kind of guy. In a straightforward and simple manner, he explains that you can’t spam people with automated messages and crappy content and hope to become the king of Linkedin. Or actually any media. Which should be common knowledge but most of us are looking for lazy shortcuts to fame.
Ok, let’s get to the point.
Marcus can teach you how to build a perfect LinkedIn profile that grows and develops not only your potential startup but also your personal brand. How? Marcus shows you how to optimize your profile in order to increase the reach of your business and attract more potential customers. Of course, optimizing your profile is not enough, you have to provide to the community. He teaches you how to create effortlessly absorbable, viral content that can not only build and grow your startup but also build your personal brand.
If you are planning to be a B2B business or just need useful business connections – check Marcus out.
4. Facebook goddess Moolah Marketer
Everyone must love Rachels energy. You can listen to her for hours and stay motivated. And she is the guru of showing how Facebook could be the platform to build and grow your startup community.
We couldn’t explain better what she does than Rachel herself:
In a nutshell: We teach how to get YOU more eyeballs!!
- Make a bigger impact as we learn the Bumper Sticker Strategy.
- Find better content – faster – meaning scheduling your content becomes a breeze.
- Get some tricks and tips to help you get your content out to the masses.
We will show you the formula we use to make virals, to grow groups, and build our lists.
You’ll learn how to collect your folks into custom audiences, then retarget them and convert them into raving fans.
Essentially, we teach you the skills so you build an asset of an audience.
An asset you can use again and again to drive traffic to you, your business and your products.
If you want to learn how to build your brand or business with only Facebook, she is the gal you have been looking for.
5. Neil Patel SEO and marketing guru
Imagine you are 16 build a website and hire some people who supposedly should help you with marketing but you get screwed over? You don’t give up and learn marketing yourself because you have no other choice. Can’t really do it, right? Not everyone would have the guts or brains to do that.
But thanks to those marketing bastards, we have an amazing free resource online where we can learn a lot about marketing: what is SEO and how to do it, how to build an awesome landing page, how to do email marketing and more.
6. Income School – the masters of the Blogging world
Income School is a channel about writing blog posts and how to do affiliate marketing. But these guys are blog writing machines. It is extremely impressive how they can write a viral blog in a ridiculously short time. True professionals. But we love them not only because of that but also because they are simple and honest guys who are here to help you. They have a similar intention to us to help people change their corporate job into something that they actually love. If you have a passion for writing and want to learn how to do the outside SEO for your website or simply build an empire of blog websites – these are the guys.
Provides a lot of courses that you can check out but the one we like is Scott Brittons business development course.
This short (9 hours) course is going to teach you how to build a business strategy, Understand the function of Biz Dev and develop mindsets for success, how to choose your business strategy, Winning In The Deal Funnel, how to deal terms, negotiate and much more including the human psychology behind all of it. It also offers a lot of templates and scripts which empower students to create their own Business Development processes in a super simple and not a nerve-wracking manner.
Here you go, this time we have provided you with a short and sweet list that can potentially help you to build and grow your startup. As the quote states at the beginning of the blog, you have to know the basics of the business in order to succeed. Do not dive into too much detail before you have the know-how of the business. We are going to keep on motivating you to become an entrepreneur and show you why being part of the startup culture is cool. So keep tuned and see you next week!
And if you are feeling ready to build the dream team for your startup, we are here to help. Start it now!