Have you ever needed some advice or an answer to a very specific question? Every small business owner, at one point or another, has been in a quandary. We’ve all wondered if the decision we’re about to make is the correct one, or if we need to do more research before proceeding. Before, it’d been difficult to get multiple opinions in a short amount of time—you either had to call or email trusted associates and friends to get their thoughts.
But now, with the advent of blogs, you can find a range of opinions in a few seconds. There are a ton of bloggers out there who are more than happy to share their knowledge with you—and they would like nothing better than to talk you through whatever questions you might have.
No matter your line of work, there’s a blog out there for you. Let’s take a look at some of the best (and newest) small business blogs on our list!
Money, money, money. You want to make and keep more of it and Stephen L. Nelson, a Seattle-based CPA, wants to help you achieve that goal. Evergreen Small Business blog is all about the technical and financial aspects of your business with blog posts on everything from Obamacare, payroll taxes, and QuickBooks troubleshooting. Check out his advice on tax loopholes for small business.
Patriot Software, started way back in 1988 by Mike Kappel, provides accounting and payroll services to small business owners. They also have a super informative blog on accounting, payroll, and tax topics. Popular topics include taxable wages, employee paychecks, deductions, and payroll regulations. The Payroll blog gives concise answers to difficult questions like how to fight (and avoid) payroll fraud.
Started in 2005 by Marco Carbajo, Business Credit Blogger aims to share with small business owners the way to build business credit (check out his recent article on the FICO SBSS for more info) without jeopardizing their personal assets. The blog was so successful it inspired the Business Credit Building System, a nationally recognized program aimed at providing step-by-step instruction to entrepreneurs and business owners. Have questions about anything to do with business credit? Business Credit Blogger has the answers you need.
Pat Flynn considers himself to be the crash test dummy of online business. His blog Smart Passive Income details his successes and failures in different online businesses since being laid off back in 2008. Check out his Passive Income 101 or read through the blog for articles like starting a podcast or training subscribers to open their emails every time.
Small Business Mavericks wants to change the way you think about marketing your business, and believe me when I say, they have done their research. Categories on their website include Native Advertising, Video Marketing, SEO for Small Business and Display Advertising among many others. In this recent article, Small Business Mavericks offers advice on integrated marketing for small business owners, which includes both online and offline marketing ideas.
Want to build a better blog or a better social media presence? ProBlogger, founded by Darren Rowse, has the knowledge you’re looking for with articles on design and content. Plus, they mine other websites for news and articles to share, as well as promote case studies and research. They even take complicated topics like metadata and SEO and make them understandable with a step-by-step guide.
Ever struggled with your marketing plan, or felt like you just couldn’t get a handle on everything? GetBusyMedia knows where you’re coming from and, to that end, has created a small business blog, written by entrepreneurs, for you. It covers new media, and ways to digitally market your business in an easy-to-follow format. Plus, they have other helpful articles like this one on saving money on your insurance.
Website design, plugins, SEO, metadata. Most of the time those words induce yawns and make eyes glaze over. Not at MightyBytes, though, the blog devoted to helping you discover the best version of your business’s online presence. They also tackle difficult subjects like how to avoid having your website hacked and making unsexy businesses sexy through great design. They also have several articles on choosing a web hosting service that uses renewable energy. Funny, well-written articles from a team that also loves the environment? Count me in.
The fact that they aren’t out to sell you anything makes MarketingSherpa refreshing. Take that and add in their own research on social media, marketing, and brand strategy, and they become invaluable. Plus, they have a great sense of humor and their articles are fun to read. Just check out Marketing Management: 6 Lessons from The Walking Dead for your team and marketing efforts.
Successful events don’t just appear out of thin air. They need meticulous planning, creativity, and marketing, not to mention patience. If your business regularly hosts events or if you’d like to start, the Eventzilla Blog is a great resource. There are tons of articles on every event-related topic imaginable. You can learn more about ticket sales, building a mobile website for your event, or different payment options. Eventzilla lays it out step-by-step on how to plan a successful event.
Have you ever come home from work, plopped down on your couch and thought to yourself, “I am not getting back up”? Did you know that it was possible to create a successful blogging business from that very spot? Ramsay Taplin, the Blog Tyrant, wants to show you the way to creating your own money-making blog. In fact, he wrote a 9,000+ word guide on how to start your blog, including the pitfalls to avoid. Whether you are tired of the corporate scramble or want to make a little money on the side, check out Blog Tyrant. Plus, there are some excellent tips for your business’ website and social media strategy.
Tara Joyce, founder of Elastic Mind and Innerpreneur, writes holistically on business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and digital media. Her blog at Innerpreneur is more of a stream-of-consciousness with business and life lessons thrown in. Whether you are in need of a little inspiration or need a reminder of why you do what you do, take some time to read Innerpreneur—you won’t be sorry. (Try this: The Heart of Self-Worth.)
#GaryVee is everywhere. He’s all over social media and runs his own show on YouTube (plus Meerkat and Periscope). His website is a great repository of information, motivational stories, and a lot on cutting the BS from your business. He readily admits that he promotes a 24/7 hustle mentality, but sometimes you just need that to get the job done.
Quitting your job, moving to Thailand, and starting a successful business there—sounds like a fantasy, right? Sean Ogle made it happen though and he wants to tell you how to do it on his site, Location 180. He shares how to make your first dollar online, becoming a successful self-published Kindle author, and some of the best locations to live as a lifestyle entrepreneur. Location 180 shows you that the life you want can be anywhere you want to be, and we think that’s pretty cool.
Halfway between coach and consultant, Rich Schefren doles out advice on success in business, procrastination, and growing both personally and professionally. There are also plenty of articles on his blog about how to step up your marketing and social media game using the psychological tendencies of your audience, like the social media herd.
Marie Forleo is the epitome of the multi-passionate entrepreneur, a term she coined. She’s done just about everything, from writing a bestseller to creating fitness DVDs. She also hosts a weekly show online about running a successful business and becoming the very best version of yourself. People really dig her no BS attitude and helpful advice; she has nearly 300,000 subscribers. Check out her recent episode on feeling behind in life—it’s both funny and on point.
Ranked as one of the Top 10 Business Blogs for Women, Women on Business regularly posts news, advice, and other articles for female entrepreneurs and executives. Recent articles include SEO strategy, happiest jobs for working moms, and choosing the right IT Help Desk Software. Take a moment to look at their Leadership section for some great advice on leading as a woman.
Advice from Down Under! Melissah Smith and her team at Marketing Eye run a top notch blog with topics like business culture, management styles, and, oh yeah, marketing. Not to mention that Melissah (who is instantly relatable) talks candidly about her goals and dream in business and her personal life.
Self-described as the “online resource for female entrepreneurs, bringing how-to information, tools and community to women starting businesses,” Chic CEO has a wealth of information for business owners at all levels. The website also offers multiple downloads (business plans, photo release, expense forecast) and a How-To section. Although the blog hasn’t been updated since August (as of this writing in October), the website overall still has killer advice and resources available.
It’s time to leave. Have you ever thought that? If so, Escape from Corporate America was created for you. Well, actually it was created for women looking to escape the rat race and get out from under that ceiling, but the advice is spot-on for anyone looking to do their own thing. Created by Laurel Delaney, a duplicate on this list, the site shows why the world needs more entrepreneurs now.
This site is a little bit of everything: resources, how-to articles, news, and reviews all for the small business owner. Everything from personal development to brand design is covered on this site, plus articles on working from home or creating the best office space for your business. If you have a question about small business, it’s more than likely that Blogtrepreneur has something on it.
Calling themselves the voice of a new generation, Young Upstarts is all about innovation and ideas in small business. Their topics include Gadgets, In the News, Ideaspotting, Books & Reviews, and Events & Happenings. Check out Advice for the Young at Heart and Thinking Aloud for some in-depth entrepreneurial thoughts.
We love the simple, clean design of the Global Small Business blog. It helps when you are trying to understand a complicated subject (like taking your business global). Started by Laurel Delaney in 2004, this blog is consistently ranked high for companies wishing to take their business international. Some awesome recently shared articles include managing cash flow in multiple currencies and the benefits of going international.
Getting your business unstuck is Barry Moltz’s plan, and his blog posts show it. He covers just about every topic, from customer service to current affairs and from social media to business mediation. He also talks about how to bounce back after a failure and what it’s like to hire and fire your employees. The blog isn’t afraid to approach the tough subjects: even in the About section Barry describes getting fired, going out of business, and selling his business.
Business owners often feel that if they want the job done correctly, they need to do everything themselves. Unfortunately, it’s the little tasks that often take up the most amount of time and distract from the bigger picture of growing a successful business. On Chris Ducker’s blog, he shows the value of virtual assistants to a growing business. If you have been considering expanding or just need some help so that you can focus on development, take a peek at this blog.
In addition to a great blog for entrepreneurs, John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson run a daily podcast series interviewing successful entrepreneurs and an audio blog full of actionable advice. If you are the type of person that loves to learn, but can’t bear to read page after page—this is the site for you. Check out the interviews with other entrepreneurs from this list including Gary Vaynerchuk.
Touting itself as “the premier destination for small business owners,” Small Biz Club covers every aspect of a business owner’s world. If you’re just starting out, they have a section for you which includes help with your plan and getting funding. If you’re a veteran of the business world, check out their section on leadership. If you’re struggling with marketing, they can help there too. The website layout is nice too—super easy to find what you need.
One of the only small business blogs that features a “Something Fun” section with short animated films, funny articles, and a “Positivity in Business” section. Business Banter is a great site for those that like to work a little, play a little. Not to mention there are podcasts, videos, and ebooks. The perfect place to learn something new and relax for a bit.
Not to toot our own horn, but Funding Gates has a great collection of contributors (including yours truly) who write about all sorts of topics like receivables, customer service, social media, and marketing.
Inventory can be such a pain in the pinfeathers. Dealing with issues like shrinkage or barcoding can make business owners want to quit. However, inFlow Inventory is ready to help and they offer a great blog with tons of advice on inventory management, small business issues (like upgrading to Windows 10), and barcoding.
Does driving sales, staying organized, connecting with customers, and maintaining your online reputation while still having time for vacation seem like an impossibility to you? Perhaps you have just always done it all and aren’t sure how to take a step back. Infusionsoft’s blog might be your ticket to an easier way. Their neighborly approach comes through in posts like “To Be More Productive, Just Say No” and “How to Beat Procrastination: 8 Tools.”
Wasp Buzz is more than just inventory management and time clock solutions. They also go in depth on small business news, education technology, healthcare technology, and can help with retail sales and package tracking. In a way, Wasp Buzz is a one-stop shop to learn about many issues affecting business owners. Want your information delivered in a visually-stimulating way? Check out their section of infographics.
It’s all in the name. The Sell Better blog is about giving you the right tools and information so that you can sell your products and services with better efficiency (and more frequency)! Brush up on your sales technique, learn how to never lose a lead, and prevent mistakes while selling.
Looking for answers on leadership, project management, or communication? This blog, run by Gina Abudi, has what you need. Ms. Abudi has over 20 years of consulting experience on management, strategic planning, and effective leadership and it shows in her posts. Recent posts on how to coach your employees or leading by learning from your mistakes show the depth of her experience. It’s a good blog for those outside of the small business world too.
Leaders often have to deal with unpleasant situations; it’s why they get paid the big bucks. The Resourceful CEO knows this and offers short, concise pieces of advice on topics like wrongful termination suits, getting bank funding, and bad PR. Of course, it isn’t all doom and gloom on their blog: check out their posts about attracting talent on a budget or the 10 essential traits of effective leaders.
That’s our handpicked list of the best small business blogs out there, giving the best advice to entrepreneurs just like you. Keep in mind when you’re out there grinding every day that you aren’t alone: there’s a huge community of folks willing to give you a heads-up and a hand.
Did we leave off your favorite blog? Share your favorite resources with us in the comments!