Below are Web sites, blogs and podcasts that have earned The Solopreneur Life Seal of Approval.
Accounting and Finance
GetRichSlowly.org. This is a hugely popular blog, and with good reason. GRS is packed with sound information that you can put into use right away. The emphasis is on personal finance, but much of it is applicable to solopreneurs.
Greenleaf Accounting. Deb Howard Greenleaf’s blog has become a must-read for me. Deb is an accountant whose specialty is small business, and I rely on her posts for tips and reminders, plus IRS and legislative news that could affect me. Deb also writes guest posts for The Solopreneur Life.
SmallBusinessFinanceForum.com. Nicole Fende does two great things at her site: she helps you find more profit in your business, and she explains finance in terms that are easy to understand.
If you want to take the do-it-yourself route with your branding, use Pamela Wilson’s BigBrandSystem.com Web site. Pamela is able to take sophisticated ideas and turn them into practical advice.
CharityNavigator.org. America’s premier independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of more than 5,500 of America’s largest charities. Charity Navigator’s rating system examines two areas of a charity’s financial health—how responsibly it functions day to day as well as how well positioned it is to sustain its programs over time.
CultofMac.com. There are a LOT of Mac blogs, and I’ve subscribed to most of them. Cult is the one that I’ve kept. I’m a Mac fan, but not a hopeless geek, and Cult strikes a nice balance between news, reviews, and how-to’s.
Maccast.com. This is a Mac podcast from Adam Christiansen, who delivers news, tips and product reviews and recommendations. I really enjoy Christiansen’s delivery style—it’s smart and friendly.
Python.org, resources for the programming language Python.
HarrisonAmy.com. You could spend a lot of time on the Web and not find a better-written site than HarrisonAmy.com, which is published by Amy Harrison of Brighton, England. Her blog provides advice on how to improve your marketing copy.
thxthxthx.com. A college professor of mine gave this writing advice: “Be brief. Be brilliant.” Nobody does brief and brilliant better than Leah Dieterich, creator of thxthxthx.com.
HubSpot.com. HubSpot sells highly-regarded inbound-marketing software, and its Web site shares free expert information on things like search, lead generation, and conversion.
ChrisGuillebeau.com. Guillebeau’s site is called The Art of Non-Conformity. Guillebeau is an interesting guy—he writes about personal development, entrepreneurship, and his frequent world travel. His positive vibe is constant.
Personal and Professional Growth
ZenHabits.net. Leo Babauta’s blog is one of the most popular on the planet. It’s a great one for solopreneurs because so much of Babauta’s advice is presented in the context of business and career. With so many cultural messages of how to do things faster, zenhabits.com teaches me how to slow down.
PRInYourPajamas.com. Elena Verlee, a certified professional coach for entrepreneurs and an accomplished PR pro, publishes this Web site. It’s a great source for public relations how-to information and it’s filled with do-it-yourself resources.
SocialMediaExaminer.com Social Media Examiner’s depth and breadth of social-media analysis is very impressive, and much of the content is geared to small businesses. If social media is part of your marketing, then this site is a must.
Social Media Today, a reputable source for smart, timely social-media information