Most small business owners can greatly benefit from expert insight. One of the best ways to get valuable information is to follow blogs from those that have succeeded. We’ve rounded up a dozen easy-to-digest blogs that can help educate and inspire the hard working entrepreneur whether just starting out or running an established business.
For the Beginning Entrepreneur – Starting a Business
Entrepreneurial expert Neil Patel, co-founder of Crazy Egg and Hello Bar is a high-profile business influencer. His blog breaks down common issues faced by startup businesses. A big focus is converting followers into sales. If you’re interested in starting a business, this should be your first stop.
This online resource and magazine for all kinds of startups has been voted the #1 website for entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine, and ranked 2nd on the list of 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine. Run by serial entrepreneur David Skok, this blog offers helpful information for entrepreneurs and startups.
Startup Lessons Learned
Eric Ries is the creator of Lean Startup Methodology and is also a writer and a programmer. He shares lessons learned from the successful companies he founded as well as insight about why some of his ventures failed. He’s also written a book, The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Duct Tape Marketing Blog
Posting around 4x a week, this prolific blog has been on too-many-to-count “best of” blog lists. Fourteen new blogs on specific small business topics were just added to the Duct Tape Marketing Blog Channel bringing the total to 22. Some of the blogs on the channel are authored by well-known small business folks, some are written by people you may not be familiar with. All of them have much to say and teach about marketing a small business.
DIY Marketers Blog
This is a full service small business marketing blog offering advice on not just marketing but trends, lead generation, content marketing and book reviews. DIYMarketers is committed to helping small business owners do less marketing so they can make more money.
Posting about 5x a week, this blog provides digital marketing solutions for small to medium sized businesses. Read tips, information and actionable advice in all things marketing—blog, email, social media, website, online advertising, and branding.
SmartBiz Loans Small Business Blog
The blog you’re reading right now should be added to your list! The SmartBiz Loans Small Business Blog features content about getting SBA loan ready, preparing for the loan process, small business marketing tips, everything you need to know about credit and more. Content is published 3x a week and includes guest posts from experts in their fields. Our blog has been awarded several distinctions including FitSmallBusiness Best Small Business Blog and Best Financial Blog along with a Top 100 Small Business Blogs distinction from Feedspot.
Small Business Bonfire
Small Business Bonfire isn’t just a blog. It’s described as a social, educational and collaborative community for entrepreneurs that provides insight through a blog, weekly newsletter and online community. New content is published daily usually focused on financing a business, financial technology and budgeting expertise.
The Small Business Administration Financing Blog
The SBA not only guarantees low-cost loans for small businesses across the US, it offers a wealth of information for every entrepreneur from start up to established. The financing blog should be stop number one if you’re seeking low cost funds to grow your enterprise.
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Financial experts tackle topics ranging from saving money to increasing cash flow to expanding your business. There’s also a robust online forum where you can post questions or comments.
Seth Godin is a marketing guru and author of several bestsellers on marketing including Permission Marketing along with books on entrepreneurship, like The Icarus Deception. On Seth's Blog, Godin offers tips for many different categories geared to the current and future business owner. His posts are short and sweet but packed with actionable insight.
Guy Kawasaki's Blog
A successful businessman and author, Guy Kawasaki gained notoriety for his work with Apple in the ‘80s. He’s revered as a thought leader in entrepreneurship, marketing, and PR. A lot of content is towards tech startups but the information he provides reaches other industries as well.
Chris Brogan's Blog
In short, Chris Brogan’s Blog offers insight and information about how to successful run a business – despite hitting speed bumps in the road. His journey has been a rollercoaster and he’s gained a great understanding of the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
Interested in more applicable information? The SmartBiz Small Business Blog has more educational content. Check out the following posts:
- Blog Categories Every Entrepreneur Should Check Out
- Not sure where to start? This well-researched guest post covers the categories you can explore.
- Continuing Education for Small Business Owners
- We’ve outlined easy ways you can continue to build knowledge that can help you run and grow your business. Included is information on classes, webinars and online resources to explore.
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