Everyone has experienced a sense of trepidation when embarking on their own business path. Without previous knowledge, many feel unequipped and unsure of how to jump in. However, their desire is strong and they have a real drive to succeed. The most successful entrepreneurs will let that passion guide them, while they utilize resources to build a foundation.
I’ve put together resources I find vital for both subcontractors and those looking to hire subcontractors. From education to inspiration, everything you need is here! Is there a great resource you’ve come across? I’d love to hear from you!
Tawnya founded this virtual assistant network in order to build a community that provides support, offers inspiration, and gives a leg-up to new entrepreneurs. VA Networking now engages “thousands of virtual assistants and entrepreneurs worldwide with hundreds of thousands of posts, topics and connections. Virtual assistants know they can come here at any time of the day or night and find the resource they need or an answer to their business questions to help better serve their client needs.”
VA Networking is free to join, and also gives you access to loads of free resources. Many business owners, entrepreneurs, and virtual assistants have found Tawnya’s site indispensable to their daily processes. It’s been featured on the Dr. Phil Show, in Redbook magazine, and several more prominent media organizations.
Some additional resources she provides include a VAinsider club, a “built in resource of talent for those entrepreneurs looking for the skilled personnel they need to help lessen the load of business ownership, freeing themselves up to re-concentrate on the expansion of their business’ or get that free time that they so well deserve.” She also has a Virtual Business Startup System, and VA Virtuoso Seminars.
I highly recommend checking Tawnya out!
Nicole on the Net
Nicole is an author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and business consultant. Her motto is, “Awesomize your Business, Awesomize your Life, and Awesomize the World.”
She aims to help busy online marketers with the practical side of things, while keeping the joy of running a small business alive. When helping her clients to set financial goals, she also has them set lifestyle goals. In this way, their businesses will align with their lives, and will be more successful in the end.
She teaches about a variety of topics, including blogging, passive income, content repurposing, list building, and more. She’s created hundreds of her own information products and is an expert in that field.
Nicole also runs the websites Easy PLR, Coach Glue, and Blog CPR. The list of resources on her website is huge! She has a large wealth of knowledge that she is ready to share.
Kelly is a blogger, podcaster, and designer, who focuses on the concept of “solopreneurs”. She knows how precious time is for entrepreneurs who are trying to balance an outside job, home life, and the like. She promises to share “hard won wisdom about building a business that serves your lifestyle, not the other way around.”
Over a decade ago, Kelly was a single mom with a young child, struggling to make enough money from her graphic and website design business. Starting a podcast was the first step towards the successful, thriving business she has now.
Kelly offers membership programs, live retreats, coaching, and more. Her member forum is a great place to get advice and take in useful knowledge. I definitely endorse her site!
Inspired Living Publishing
“Linda believes that when a woman discovers her true passion, believes in herself, and takes inspired action to move forward, that only success can follow. Her hope is that every woman will realize their true potential and share their unique wisdom with the world.”
Inspired Living Publishing is a boutique publishing company specifically focused on female authors. This is a high-profile platform to enhance your brand and attract the right audience. Collaborative marketing and list-building models are two things Linda excels in and can share with others. ILP offers print and digital publishing.
For the past 24 years, Linda Joy has been on a continuous journey from being a struggling single mother to an award-winning entrepreneur and best-selling publisher. As stated on her website, she is a “passionate believer that there are no failures in life — only lessons to be learned and shared.” She has a dedication to and passion for empowering women. Linda spreads a message of hope and positivity.
She is also the publisher of Aspire magazine, and has authored several books on marketing, exposure, and publishing. Her blog features guest experts who share their advice and experiences. It’s a great site for resources!
Social Media Strategy Consultant
“I believe that social media is crucial to business today—but I don’t believe it needs to be stressful or take up hours of your life.”
Amy has had a fascinating journey. She worked as Director of Content Development for the famous life coach Tony Robbins, and later managed large-scale online marketing campaigns. She describes this as the “most important learning time in her life.” In time, she realized how strong her desire for her own business was. So, she took a chance and began her career as a social media strategy consultant.
After co-writing the guide “Facebook for Dummies”, the opportunities continued to flow in. She offers a variety of resources, from training programs to webinars. She’s been featured in Forbes, Mashable, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and more. So, go visit her site and see what the fuss is all about!
“An Eventual Millionaire is a person who knows they will be a millionaire, eventually. But they are dedicated to becoming a millionaire on their own terms. They want an enjoyable business and an enjoyable life. I like to help people put money back in its place. Where people control money and money doesn’t control people. ”
Jaime Tardy came out of college already in debt, and without a clear understanding of how to spend her money. She hated her work and felt stuck in a financial rut. In 2006, she became determined to get out of debt and do work she loved. She told herself that this was the first step, and then she would make her million. After a year, and hours of research, she quit her job and set off on her journey.
Eventual Millionaire’s tag line is, “Real millionaires, real stories, real business wisdom.” Jaime has interviewed over 100 millionaires, offering up case studies with honest wisdom from those who’ve made their dreams come true. Besides from business coaching and speaking events, she offers The Eventual Millionaire book, which promises to show you what it takes to be successful and enjoy financial security.
She’s been featured on Yahoo! Finance, CNN Money, Fox Business, Time magazine and more.
International Virtual Assistants Association
IVAA is a membership site that focuses on furthering the VA skills of its members. They also provide networking opportunities, a member directory, free website hosting, and other member benefits.
This is an online learning platform offered by LinkedIn that has a huge selection of courses taught by industry experts. Lynda offers business, software, and creative skills, amongst other subjects.
This is an inspirational digital magazine that aims to support and empower women. It’s a great source of inspiration, which all business owners need. I highly recommend the podcast, which shares tips and knowledge from expert columnists, authors, and up-and-comers.
Side Hustle Nation
This is a podcast from Nick Loper that helps you reach a place of financial freedom by finding your own “side hustle”. Becoming an entrepreneur starts with small steps, and Nick guides you along the way. He has tips on paying off debt, learning new skills, and using your free time more productively.
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