Maybe you’ve already started a business. Maybe you’re an aspiring girlboss. Or maybe you fall somewhere between. Whichever way you lean, there is no shortage of tips, tricks, and resources on the web. Keep reading to discover our list of the best websites for female entrepreneurs – covering everything from inspiration to downloadable worksheets to accounting software.
It’s safe to say Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso doesn’t do anything by halves. When she published #GIRLBOSS, her first book, in 2014, it wasn’t enough to just write the book. Instead, Amoruso launched a brand new empire for aspiring female entrepreneurs around the world. At the Girlboss website, you’ll find all the resources you need to own your life: news, podcasts, blogs on everything from money to pitch meetings, interviews, and motivational quotes. Yes, Girlboss is teeming with the inspiration you need to get out there and make your career work for you.
Need-to-know: Via The Girlboss Foundation, Girlboss awards one grant biannually to women pursuing creative endeavours.
Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or already paving your way, Hello Fearless is a must-read site. Billed as a school for female entrepreneurs, Hello Fearless provides its community of women with the tools necessary to start, build and scale a company. How? Via Boss School, a platform that combines personal growth and business training into one. Hello Fearless also publishes articles on entrepreneurship, covering everything from productivity hacks to building confidence.
Need-to-know: Hello Fearless has set up a Boss School Scholarship for those who want to be the boss, at Hello Fearless’s cost.
The Middle Finger Project
Let’s get real: entrepreneurship can be messy, nerve-wracking and downright uninspiring at times. Enter: Ash Ambirge, and her one-woman Middle Finger Project. Sure, The Middle Finger Project is jam-packed with unmatched advice on everything from pricing your products to dealing with your nerves. The difference here is Ambirge’s delivery. Forget fancy business words and fussy productivity hacks. Everything Ambirge puts out into the universe she delivers in an easy, accessible and hilarious way. Do yourself a favour and sign up for Ambirge’s weekly advice column, if only for the laughs.
If you’re in the social good space (or aspiring to be), add Dutiee to your bookmarks now. The simple yet oh-so inspiring website devotes itself to spreading the word on the best social good start-ups and social media stories. It’s easy to get lost down a rabbit hole on Dutiee as you meet world-changing entrepreneurs and learn the ins-and-outs of social entrepreneurship. Our favourite section? It’s all about the videos category, where we can spend hours watching the best game-changers in the world get things done. There’s always something to learn, share or love at Dutiee, no matter where you’re at in your journey.
Starting a business might seem easy, but growing a business? Not so much. That’s where Her Corner comes in. Her Corner has devoted itself to helping female entrepreneurs grow their businesses through peer groups, educational programs, and role models. There are many ways to get involved. To start small, you can join Her Corner’s free community of like-minded entrepreneurs. You can jump on board with a mini-accelerator program that will give you access to personalised support and coaching sessions. Or you can discover how to launch a peer group of your own. Given the myriad ways you can get involved, it’s a no-brainer.
Need-to-know: Six-month business accelerator programs start on the regular.
Even if you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you know how hard it can be. Support is a must, which is why Project Eve is a must-read. Project Eve doubles-down on the three key elements to being successful: mentorship, networking, and support. Here, you’ll find hundreds of articles and start-up stories that will make you realise you’re not alone. There’s a special Q&A section called “Help an Eve Out,” which allows you to ask your need-to-know questions or provide answers to other entrepreneurial women. Also, you can check out Project Eve’s sister sites: Getting Balance (covering work/life balance), Project Eve Moms and Project Eve Money. It’s the ultimate resource for any rising star girlboss.
Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon.
Being Boss started out as a podcast run by two inspiring, self-made women: Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon. Now, Being Boss is a digital destination for any creative entrepreneur looking to own her life, choices, and work. The website features articles on three distinct, important topics: mindset, work/life balance, and habits. Here, you’ll find genius tips and hacks, most of which take a deep-dive into the nitty-gritty details of business. Think: how to use analytics to elevate your business, how to start a business with a co-founder, and how to be fearless. Emily and Kathleen both run successful businesses, so they know their stuff – and soon you will too.
You’ve likely heard of Entrepreneur magazine, but did you know the brand devotes a special section of its website to stories for female entrepreneurs? That’s the good news. The even better news is that at Entrepreneur, nothing is off-topic. Articles arrive daily covering everything from venture capital funding to women-in-tech issues to co-working spaces. In other words, you’ll never be without something to read. Perhaps more importantly, the articles are written for and by women in the field. They know the ins-and-outs of being a female entrepreneur, and they’re ready to share their wisdom. Don’t miss out.
Create & Cultivate.
Create & Cultivate
Create & Cultivate is a conference event that takes place three times a year in various cities around the United States. At the conference, speakers such as Chelsea Handler, Jessica Alba, and Rachel Zoe discuss topics such as influencer marketing, brand building, and raising money. But the conversation doesn’t end there. Between events, you can check Create & Cultivate to read articles and interviews that will keep you and your business moving forward. Even better, Create & Cultivate offers up free worksheets designed to help you organise and systematise your business.
Need-to-know: Create & Cultivate’s regular newsletter features a classifieds section for anyone looking to make big career moves.
The minute you start making money as an entrepreneur, you need to create a system to stay on top of your finances and account for every dollar. Xero is a great place to start. Xero offers cloud-based accounting software to businesses of all sizes, whether you’re flying solo or heading up a team. You’ll be able to send quotes and invoices, pay your team, and keep track of taxes and retirement funds. Perhaps most importantly, a real-time view of your cashflow is just a click away.
Bonus: Try it for free for the first 30 days.
Keeping track of your invoices? It’s a piece of cake when you use FreshBooks, a cloud-based software designed for small businesses. Just look at the stats: FreshBooks customers free up two days per month by utilising the easy-to-use invoicing software; get paid an average of 5 days faster, and double their revenue within two years. The numbers don’t lie. You can even accept credit card payments through FreshBooks, eliminating the need for a merchant account.
Bonus: Try it for free for the first 30 days.
Building your brand goes hand in hand with building your business, but it can be tricky to get started. Canva has made it super-easy for rising star entrepreneurs to put together professional brand assets. Think: logos, presentations, social media graphics, flyers, business cards and more. If you have your own photographs or graphics, you can upload them to the system for free. If you don’t, you can pay a small fee to insert Canva’s stock photography and graphics into your designs.
Category: Graphic design
When you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you’ll soon discover what you know and what you don’t know. And when you need to brush up on your skills, General Assembly is the place to start. Here, you can take courses covering everything from marketing to coding to product management. Sign up for your class at one of General Assembly’s 15 global campuses, or learn online via a digital course. If you want to be a well-rounded girlboss, this is the only place to start.
No matter what type of business you run, in this day and age, you’ll need a website. Happily, Squarespace has the tools to get you on your way. With a few clicks, you can create a gorgeous gallery, a digital portfolio, an online store, or a professional blog. You don’t need to know a thing about coding because Squarespace provides thousands of templates that let you drag-and-drop your content and images into the right places. If you want to take things to the next level, you can even add an app.
Category: Website design
Bonus: Start with a free trial; no credit card required.