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Digital Resources Every Entrepreneur Should Be Using

Everyone who runs their own business worries about how to invest in that business. But in my experience, not enough of them remember to regularly invest in themselves as well. The business world is constantly changing, and it’s tough to keep pace if you don’t put in the work. Fortunately, modern technology makes it possible to consistently invest in yourself at all stages of your business. Whether you’re after “soft” skills like management skills or “hard” ones like financing, I’ve written out a list of the best digital resources to give you a leg up on the competition, in no particular order.

 

Online training

 

From MIT lectures on YouTube to Harvard classes on popular education websites, it’s possible to get all of the tools you need to succeed without leaving your computer. Online classes allow you to pick up relevant training to handle specific business issues, and TED talks or similar videos can be great digital resources for one-off learning as well. Best of all, you’ll find that online training can be relevant at all phases of your business: classes for budding entrepreneurs might talk about startup funding or market assessments, while veterans might find classes to stay on top of advancements in techniques and technology in their field.

 

Online business groups

 

Although most of us think of “networking” as something that happens in person, you’ll miss out on fantastic opportunities if you forget to check for relevant networks online. Depending on the platform, some groups will be incredibly formal, with members-only access to resources, forums, and more. Others will be less so—including more casual groups housed on popular social media sites like LinkedIn. These online communities can be a great way to get hold of highly relevant educational resources, as well as peer support, monthly meetings, curated content, and more.

 

Online mentorships and masterminds

 

If you’re serious about staying a few paces ahead of the competition, finding the right guidance can be crucial—and it’s easier than ever to do it online. If you prefer to find one on one support, an online mentorship may be right for you. The right mentor can offer personalized feedback when you need it most, staying relevant to your business and industry. Best of all, you can tailor your experience by finding a mentor with expertise in areas you struggle in most. On the other hand, if you prefer a group experience, a mastermind can be a great digital resource. Masterminds are groups of like-minded entrepreneurs who participate in regular meetings, each member having the goal of improving their own businesses. This type of online community  offers opportunities for brainstorming, hearing new perspectives, and cultivating strong relationships with supportive peers who will hold you accountable to your goals.

 

Being a business owner means constantly striving for better and more—but these digital resources make the job easier. Don’t be surprised at just how much you can learn with these digital resources, because the next great thing you do for your business might be completed online.

As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


WADE THOMAS

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