I won’t lie… there’s nothing I like more than a really useful website.

Aside from the fact that I’m a huge freakin’ nerd, I genuinely appreciate amazing websites and online resources because they’ve gotten me to where I am today.

Remember, I’m a dropout. So aside from the writing, I learned just about everything I know from random useful websites.

Unfortunately, these types of sites are A LOT harder to come by today; they’re like hidden gems buried under a pile of crap.

In fact, when I googled “random useful websites,” the listicles that populated page one were so redundant—each one listing the same exact websites over and over again, most of which are totally mainstream by now.

Because of this finding (and because, as I already mentioned, I’m a huge nerd), I’ve taken the liberty of putting together the absolute best list of random useful websites—the majority of which I’m certain you’ve never heard of.

So, in the words of Drake, “You could thank me now.” 😉

 

Career Websites

50 Ways to Get a Job

https://50waystogetajob.com/

This interactive website features useful exercises for you to complete in order to discover your “path,” find your purpose, and get hired.

You don’t have to go in any particular order. Start with blocks that best fit you and where you currently are in life. There’s no perfectly linear path.

 

80,000 Hours

https://80000hours.org/

The founders of 80,000 hours started the site because they wanted to help as many people as they could lead purposeful careers.

They do this by offering career advice for young talent who want to have a social impact.

The site is based on in-depth research alongside academics at Oxford on how graduates can make the biggest difference possible with their careers, both through overall career choice and within a given field.

With this mission in mind, it provides:

  1. An online career guide and supporting articles and tools. The guide tells you what to look for in a high-impact career, recommends high-impact options you might not have thought of, and gives you a step-by-step process for making career decisions.
  2. In-person advice such as its workshop and one-on-one follow up.
  3. Links to a global community of people who want to work together to have the greatest positive impact possible.
  4. For much more detail on its progress and plans, see its annual evaluations.

 

Blind

https://www.teamblind.com/

Blind is new social network where professionals at top companies like Google and Microsoft spend an average of 35 minutes of their day. And I can totally see why—it’s completely addicting.

You’re totally anonymous so you can complain, ask questions you would never dare to ask IRL, and get advice (and referrals) from people at top companies.

 

Quartz at Work

https://qz.com/work/

Quartz at Work is a blog that teaches you how to be a better manager, build your career, and navigate the modern workplace.

I like their current “women visionaries” campaign and in-depth guides.

 

Remote Stories

http://remotestories.com/

Remote Stories is a website where remote workers can anonymously post their experiences, thoughts, concerns, opinions and, of course, general ups/downs.

You can react to posts with:

  • 😄 Agree/Haha me too
  • 😰 Shit, that is scary/I’m worried about this too

 

BrandYourself

https://brandyourself.com/

For the very low price of free, BrandYourself helps you own the search results for your name.

And in a world where the overwhelming majority of recruiters are googling your name before even the first interview, this website is a MUST.

 

Should I Work For Free?

http://shouldiworkforfree.com/

Who’s ready to stop working for free? Hopefully you are!

If you have any doubts, consult this handy website/chart.

Start in the middle and work your way to the answer!

 

PayScale

https://www.payscale.com/

PayScale has this interactive survey/quiz, which will help you determine how much you’re worth, whether you want to know if you’re underpaid or just evaluating a job offer or two.

 

Paysa

https://www.paysa.com/

Paysa’s mission is to empower employees with the information and data they need to make informed decisions about their career.

Paysa provides users with the information to answer:

  • What jobs are available to me and how much would I make at these jobs?
  • Is this a good company to work for?
  • Is my job offer fair? What should I negotiate?
  • Is my current pay package fair relative to my peers?
  • Do I deserve a raise, and if so, for how much?
  • When will I be promoted?
  • How can I increase my market value?

 

Learning Websites

Pocket

https://getpocket.com/

You don’t need a pricey, 6-month intensive course or bootcamp to learn something. Learning something new is as easy as reading.

That’s where Pocket comes in. It’s a simple bookmarking web app that not only allows you to save good articles [to read later], but it also offers a recommendation engine of really good content.

This is probably my absolute favorite website on the list. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use my Pocket. ❤️

 

HubSpot Academy

https://academy.hubspot.com/

While I’m far from a believer in “certifications,” I do think HubSpot Academy is a great place to start learning marketing for free.

Take courses on anything from design to social media and lots more.

 

Learn Unicorn

http://learnunicorn.com/wordpress-course/

Learn how to build premium WordPress websites and get paid for it. This course is free and ungated as well! (Fun fact: I made it!)

 

Interneting is Hard

https://internetingishard.com/

I have tried just about every coding website on the Internet, and these free, ungated HTML, CSS, and JavaScript tutorials are by far the most interesting and easy to digest.

I can’t recommend this site enough if you want to learn one of the above languages.

 

Treehouse

https://teamtreehouse.com/

Eight years ago, when I didn’t have any “proven” experience, I joined Treehouse as a way to prove my skillset and learn more in-demand skills.

I liked it because I could link to my Treehouse profile on my resume, which showcased all my digital skill badges, proving to employers I know X, Y, Z.

Here’s Treehouse’s content roadmap.

 

newCo

https://www.newco.app/

This is a new site, where you can learn how to actually build something — whether that’s a job board or course membership site — the options are endless.

I like that it’s not theoretical BS. It’s actionable how-to content, which will either make you money and/or give you proven portfolio pieces.

 

Shopify Resources


While Shopify is the platform to use to build eCommerce sites, it’s also a place to learn everything you want to know about building an online business with little to no resources.

Not only does it feature meaty, actionable ebooks/guides, but it also has an “academy,” which provides free, self-paced lessons on growing a Shopify or eCommerce business.

 

TED

https://www.ted.com/

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), like this one and this one.

I also really enjoy its blog.

 

Quora

https://www.quora.com/

Quora is the place to answer questions and get answers to your own.

The website features a constantly updated, Facebook-like newsfeed based on your “interests.”

Another cool thing about Quora is that big media outlets monitor it, scouring the site for really good content to syndicate on their publication.

Quora can lead to jobs and influencer status.

 

Blinkist

https://www.blinkist.com/

Blinkist is a really cool website that turns 2,500+ popular, non-fiction books into 15-minute quick summaries.

You can highlight important excerpts, listen to the audio version, or read offline, all for the very affordable price of $79.99 per year or $12.99 per month.

 

Actionable Books

https://www.actionablebooks.com/en-ca/summaries/

This is just like Blinkist but free, although it’s not regularly updated anymore.

 

If I Knew Then

http://hbs1963.com/

This is an insightful resource, which is comprised of the best nuggets of life wisdom from the Harvard Class of 1963.

 

Book of Life

https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/

It’s called The Book of Life because it’s about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, your anxieties.

The site is constantly updated, and it’s written by a wide-variety of different authors.

Another site to gain wisdom beyond your years.

 

Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com/

Probably the easiest and funnest way to learn a new language — for free.

 

Power Searching With Google

http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/

This free self-paced course by Google will turn you into a wildly fast and efficient Googler.

You must be good at Google to succeed at work today because you must be good at finding answers to your questions without bothering your boss every two seconds.

Be proactive and self-sufficient. Learn how to Google.

 

Zapier Guides

https://zapier.com/learn/

Zapier is a tool that automates redundant, annoying processes by making apps talk to each other and do a sort-of “if this, then that” procedure.

While Zapier is a business, they’ve done a really nice job with its content marketing. You’ll learn a lot about a variety of topics around things like spreadsheets, project management, and productivity.

 

Do More With Google

https://get.google.com/apptips/tips/#!/

In the professional world, I can promise you you’ll be using Google products a lot.

That’s why this website is quite handy for the new professional learning how to navigate their way through any and all Google tools.

 

Speaking.io

https://speaking.io/

Zach Holman, prominent founder and investor, created a free course on public speaking because, as we all know, public speaking is scary AF.

 

FirstSearch

https://search.firstround.com/

FirstSearch is a website by VC-firm First Round Review that collects the best content from around the web and organizes them into lists to help you learn certain topics faster.

The broad buckets include:

  • Management
  • Product
  • Design
  • Marketing

But as you dig into the site, you’ll see much more granular tags that you can click on to learn about very specific subtopics.

 

Degreed

https://degreed.com/for-me

Degreed is taking on the college degree, which they believe is an outdated way to prove you know what you know.

The website tool makes it easy to showcase your achievements — what you’re reading, what courses you’re taking, and what videos or podcasts you’ve watched/listened to.

You can also feature certifications and career plans or “skill plans.”

TLDR: It’s a place to collect all of your learning activities, competencies, and professional experience.

 

Useful Websites

BugMeNot

http://bugmenot.com/

Don’t want to create yet another account on another platform?

BugMeNot has you covered.

Enter the URL of the site you need a login for, and see if someone else already shared their login credentials, saving you an account registration.

 

ReviewMeta

https://reviewmeta.com/

The easiest way to make it on Amazon is by getting positive reviews, and the best way to get positive reviews is to buy them.

“Amazon won’t reveal how many reviews — fraudulent or total — it has. But based on his analysis of Amazon data, Noonan estimates that Amazon hosts around 250 million reviews. Noonan’s website has collected 58.5 million of those reviews, and the ReviewMeta algorithm labeled 9.1%, or 5.3 million of the dataset’s reviews, as ‘unnatural.’”

Enter ReviewMeta.

Input an Amazon product URL, and out will come a graded report of how “real” the reviews are.

 

Xfinity Speed Test

http://speedtest.xfinity.com/

Before you frustrate the hell out of yourself by calling Xfinity, check your the speed of your Internet so you have something to prove to them is not working on their end.

This should speed up your speed problems.

 

Genius

https://genius.com/

Ever wonder what an artist is actually saying in their lyrics?

I do, which is why I love Genius, a website which has clickable lyrics that explain what certain lyrics mean.

Accuracy varies based on source reputation, votes, etc.

 

Padmapper

https://www.padmapper.com/

Apartment hunting is SO much more fun with Padmapper, which features a massive map you can easily move around and filter listings based on normal criteria like max rent, location, etc.

 

Workflowy

https://workflowy.com/

Workflowy is a super simple website where you can quickly make lists for projects, notes, whatever.

The minimal UX is very nice.

 

Grammarly

https://www.grammarly.com/

Grammarly takes editing to the next level. It’s a really smart spelling and grammar editor. You can download its browser extension for easy integration into your online world and docs.

 

Trello

https://trello.com/

Trello is one of my go-to productivity tools. The free website is like an agile Kanban board, which features “streams” of “cards” based on what phase of your process they’re in.

Here’s a list of free inspiration board templates to jumpstart your productivity.

 

Brain.fm

http://brain.fm

Brain.fm is a freemium focus tool.

The website features music that will help you either focus, relax, or sleep — whatever your little heart desires.

The music is based on neuroscience, and I feel like it really does help me focus when I need to buckle down and get things done.

 

Rescuetime

https://www.rescuetime.com/

Rescuetime is a web app that is always running in the background with the goal of measuring your productivity and showing you where you’re wasting the most time each day, week, year, etc.

 

Crystal Knows

https://www.crystalknows.com/

This app is extremely useful when reaching out to people you don’t know, before interviews and when applying for jobs.

Search for people in your network or input an email address, and out will pop a “profile” about the person along with a “relationship report” about how you guys would potentially get along/work together.

(Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve used this on dates before!! lol)

 

Cash.me

https://cash.app/

Cash app is like Venmo, but better, in my opinion.

It’s legit the easiest way to pay people back or send money to friends.

Much better UX than Venmo too.

 

Siftery

https://siftery.com/

If you’re into online products, then you’ll enjoy browsing Siftery, which has in-depth information and product comparisons on its site.

 

Resume Worded

https://resumeworded.com/

Probably the hardest part of developing a resume is generating creative, impressive bullet points.

Resume Worded solves that obstacle with its directory of “resume bullets” based on skill and industry and job positions.

 

Internet Archive

https://archive.org/web/

See the history of any website your little heart desires.

 

Revue Discover

https://discover.getrevue.co/

Discover the best curated newsletters by influencers in a wide variety of spaces.

 

If This Then That (IFTTT)

https://ifttt.com/

IFTTT is a free website that allows you to automate your life.

Integrate your apps in the dashboard, then set up custom event triggers (i.e. when X happens…) to complete actions (i.e. do that) automagically.

 

{ key: values }

https://www.keyvalues.com/culture-queries

You know how you’re always supposed to ask interviewees questions at the end of job interviews? Well, now you know…

Anyway, this website helps you generate a list of relevant questions to ask, which will make you not only look smart, but will also help you decide if a job is the right fit for you.

 

Fun websites

Quote Catalog

https://quotecatalog.com/

This website is straight out of the 90s.

TLDR: Browse inspiring, motivating, adorable, and so many more types of quotes on Quote Catalog. Curated by handpicked curators.

 

Insight Quiz

https://www.insight-book.com/Quiz.aspx

Based on her bestselling book, Insight, Tasha Eurich created this quiz to show takers how self-aware they are because as it turns out, most of us are really out of touch with reality.

 

Ikonick

https://ikonick.com/

Ikonick makes super sick wall art for motivated entrepreneurial types.

I want SO much stuff on here!

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/

Goodreads is a social network that revolves around books— ones you want to read, ones you are reading, and ones you already read.

I especially like the “quotes” section of book and author profiles, which features the best quotes by an author or from a particular book.

 

Job Websites

We Work Remotely

https://weworkremotely.com/

This is one of my favorite remote job boards. Find jobs scattered across the globe that allow you to work from home.

 

Freelance Writing Jobs

https://www.freelancewriting.com/jobs/

TLDR: Freelance Writing Jobs is an aggregator of all the freelance writing/editing jobs found on the Internet.

 

Mediabistro

https://www.mediabistro.com/jobs/openings/

Find all types of creative jobs on Mediabistro. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of the jobs listed are for in-office positions in New York.

 

Authentic Jobs

https://authenticjobs.com/

Authentic Jobs is a niche job board catering to engineering and design, although there are some marketing gigs as well.

 

AngelList Jobs

https://angel.co/jobs

AngelList is a great place to find startup jobs. Just filter by location, compensation, and/or “skill” or position type.

Make sure you look for companies that have been active recently.

 

Startup Jobs

https://startup.jobs/

Here’s another great website for finding startup jobs—remote and in-office.

 

Freelance Websites

Invoice Generator

https://invoice-generator.com/

This is what I use to create simple client invoices. It doesn’t get any easier than this free web tool.

 

Bonsai

https://www.hellobonsai.com/

If you freelance full-time, I highly recommend Bonsai, which is like a freelance management powerhouse.

  • Send invoices… with the ability to accept online payments via a simple link.
  • Create and manage projects.
  • Create recurring invoices that automagically send every month or however often you like.
  • And keep track of expenses, contracts, and proposals.

Community Websites

Indie Hackers

Link:

https://www.indiehackers.com/

Indie Hackers is a side-project by a couple of Stripe employees. It’s a vibrant, up-and-coming community made specifically for entrepreneurs or people interested in starting their own [online] business.

Share links, ask questions, upvote answers, find meetups… The options are endless.

 

Product Hunt

https://www.producthunt.com/

Owned by AngelList, Product Hunt is the best product directory. Every day, new products launch, and you can upvote them or leave comments for the founders.

They also feature startup jobs and “sippable” news bites.

 

Discord

https://discordapp.com/

Discord is like Slack. It’s made AIM cool again, as it’s like the 90s chat app on steroids.

Create your own communities for free on Discord and/or join other popular ones.

 

Medium

https://medium.com/

Medium is a blogging community. Write if you want, read if you don’t.

 

Patreon

https://www.patreon.com  

Patreon is a community for creatives/self-employed individuals who want to make money of their passion.

It’s also a place for influencers’ followers to support their favorite people with a monthly donation.

 

Hacker News (HN)

http://news.ycombinator.com

Hacker News is the really popular niche forum for developers, but they usually have a few interesting links to non-dev focused content.

 

StackExchange

https://stackexchange.com/sites#

StackExchange is a group of online forums, which are focused on a variety of topics. Ask questions, and the community will help you get answers.

 

What did I miss?

Welp, I could go on and on here, so I’m going to stop with the hopes of not overwhelming you.

I’m sure you know of a few websites or two that I don’t know about yet… PLEASE share the wealth of knowledge in the comments below. ❤️

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