Did you ever look for information online and just get frustrated about where to go and what to look for? There are so many reference blogs and sites on the Web that it can be overwhelming for a small business owner like yourself. Lucky for you, here are my favorite reference websites.
Reference Websites for small businesses startups
- IRS.gov for updated information on tax and payroll information. Yes, I know, you may be thinking that the IRS site is too complicated to use. It has gotten a lot better. Check it out and see for yourself.
- Local and state websites for tax information on updated tax laws and payroll information. – They add a comment of newly passed regulations and what is required on the sign-in page so you can see it right away.
- TurboTax.com or your favorite tax preparer’s newsletter or website.
- Money.com – While they do not have a specific section on their website about small business, many of their tips will help you with your personal finances.
- Inc.com – I particularly like this magazine to help me look beyond what I am doing and seeing other business possibilities.
- SmallBusinessTrends.com – I enjoy the social media articles on this site. But, they also have management, finance, and technology sections as well.
- Entrepreneur – While they don’t have a big section on tax tips, they do have several administrative tips to help you in your business.
- American Express Forum a part of MSNBC – They have an impressive section called “getting customers” that has lots of tips for you to get your business moving in the right direction.
While these sites are great, you may find that you have others that you visit on occasion. Feel free to print this reference site list to track the different websites until you get used to going to them regularly.
In the spreadsheet below, you can add the website URL in the “Blog Name” column. Then, indicate what information you like to find on that site.
Some sites aren’t updated more than once a week or even once a month, which is why I added the next column. By visiting these sites often, you will figure out when they get updated. In this column, indicate what their update schedule is.
Then, add your login information and your password to the spreadsheet as well. If you don’t feel comfortable adding your password, write in your hint on what the password is to remind you.
After creating this list on paper, add them to your bookmarks on your frequently used browser. You can also display them in the Bookmark bar.
The internet is so vast that it can be overwhelming to find small business information. By creating a list of reference sites, it will give you direction on where to go and help you focus and zoom in on what you are looking for.
Please share with other small business owners. Now, it’s your turn. What is your favorite reference sites? What do you look for often? Please share it below.
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