The Best Small Business Magazines
- Forbes: Best for Round-Up Lists
- Fast Company: Best for Startup Inspiration
- Money: Best for Finance
- Inc.: Best for Special Reports
- TechCrunch: Best for Tech News
- VentureBeat: Best for Startup News
- Wired: Best for Science and Technology
- WSJ’s ‘Entrepreneurship’ Section: Best for an Overview
- WP’s ‘On Small Business’ Section: Best for Opinion
- Mashable: Best for Light Reading
- Entrepreneur: Best for Brand-New Businesses
- Business2Community: Best How-Tos
- Small Business Trends: Best for Established Businesses
- Small Business Today: Best Management Tips
- Franchise Times: Best for Franchise Owners
- Inbound Logistics: Best for Logistics
- Nation’s Restaurant News: Best for Restaurant Owners
- Modern Healthcare: Best for Health Care Professionals
- Women’s Wear Daily: Best for Designers
- Success: Best for Small Business Inspiration
At some point, when starting a small business, you’ll find yourself in need of inspiration. There’s nothing better than good, old-fashioned small business magazines (or, okay, maybe an online version of a business magazine) to give you the revitalizing boost, or simply a store of extra knowledge, that you need to run your business to the best of your ability.
In addition to your favorite blogs, podcasts, books, and online forums, subscribing to regularly updated small business publications is a great way to stay savvy about your industry and the economy, get valuable advice on how to be a better business owner, or just read engaging stories about small businesses like yours.
So, which small business magazines should you keep on your radar? We suggest starting your search with these 20 must-read business publications.
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We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of some of the following business magazines—if you’re not already a loyal subscriber. However, we’re hoping this list will help you discover a new small business magazine (or a few) to add to your reading list.
1. Forbes: Best for Round-Up Lists
Probably the business magazine with the greatest name recognition, Forbes magazine is an industry standard that’s been peeking out of Wall Streeters’ briefcases for over a century. Both Forbes’ print and online editions offer practical advice, comprehensive lists (check out their annual Forbes Billionaires list, for starters), opinion pieces, lifestyle trends, news, and an entire vertical dedicated to small business. Forbes is a classic, but it dedicates just as much attention to cutting-edge fintech companies as they do to household-name businesses and old-school enterprises.
But where Forbes really excels as a small business magazine specifically—and where its clout and caliber truly shine—is in its ability to convey the leadership knowledge from the world’s most powerful experts in a way that’s valuable for every entrepreneur, no matter how new or small their venture is.
2. Fast Company: Best for Startup Inspiration
In the business magazine world since 1995, Fast Company‘s name is appropriate to their sensibilities—their stories offer flashy, exciting looks into some of the fastest-growing startups and the most innovative companies. (Other online article tags include the “Most Creative People in Business,” “Innovation by Design,” and “World Changing Ideas.”)
Their print issues offer longer-form features on some of the world’s leading thinkers and creators, like Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe, and Emmy Award-winner Donald Glover. Fast Company might seem too big-picture to compete with other small business magazines that cover the nitty-gritty of running a business. But you very well could find the inspiration that brings your business to the next level or enjoy spending some time in the brains of brilliant entrepreneurs and industry leaders with this business magazine.
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3. Money: Best for Finance
As the name suggests, Money is a business magazine geared mainly toward small business owners or employees in the finance world. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be reading it if you’re not directly involved in finance—ultimately, every small business owner has to deal with their business’s financials, and Money is a legitimate source for actionable advice.
While it’s no longer an actual print magazine, Money earns its small business magazine chops because it covers everything from managing your business bank account to investing in your small business. Plus, Money publishes valuable columns on how to prepare for retirement—a reality that all small business owners will need to face at some point.
4. Inc.: Best for Special Reports
Whether you’re running a fast-growing startup, or you’re just opening the doors of your small business, you’ll benefit from the small business insight that every issue of Inc. magazine and Inc.com have to offer. Inc.com, in particular, hits the right balance among business-related news, bite-sized how-tos, personal essays, profiles, and highly shareable lists and pop-psychology features to appeal to every generation of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
5. TechCrunch: Best for Tech News
Online publisher TechCrunch is one of the best business magazines for entrepreneurs running technology-oriented businesses. Following TechCrunch is a great way to stay on top of industry updates, companies emerging in your market, company acquisitions, funding campaigns, and the most promising new entrepreneurs.
TechCrunch’s news stories are compelling and quick reads, so you might enjoy following them if you’re interested in the tech world in general, whether or not your small business operates within that industry.
You might also consider registering for TechCrunch-owned Crunchbase, which you can think of like a LinkedIn for businesses. Here, you can create a profile for your business, share information on your products, services, and funding status, and link to any relevant information about your business (like news articles and your social media channels). Then, investors, other business owners, or interested individuals, can find and follow your profile. And Crunchbase isn’t only for small ventures: Some of the world’s biggest companies, like Apple, Netflix, Tesla, and LinkedIn are active on Crunchbase.
6. VentureBeat: Best for Startup News
VentureBeat is another useful technology and entrepreneurship publication to follow. This online publication mostly posts tech-related news stories, but their entrepreneur and business sections are particularly handy for staying up to date on the most promising new startups.
7. Wired: Best for Science and Technology
If you want to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology, Wired is an absolute must-read. Although you might dismiss this magazine as too tech-heavy, Wired’s articles provide valuable insight into how the most innovative businesses operate. Their online publication gets a little less niche (or more, depending on your perspective), with verticals dedicated to gear, ideas, science, security, transportation, culture, and business, the latter of which delivers all the need-to-know headlines about the world’s biggest tech companies.
8. The Wall Street Journal’s ‘Entrepreneurship’ Section: Best for an Overview
You might already get the Wall Street Journal to keep up with the news and general trends in the economy. But, as a small business owner, you should definitely be paying attention to the WSJ’s “Entrepreneurship” vertical in particular. This section has in-depth features on uber-successful small business owners, small business trends and news, opinion pieces, and profiles on promising new startups.
And once you’ve grown into the experienced entrepreneur that you’re destined to be, start following WSJ’s Venture Capital Dispatch. It’s a great resource for business owners—or even small business investors—who’ve been around for a while.
9. The Washington Post’s ‘On Small Business’ Section: Best Opinion Section
As we’re sure you already know, the Washington Post is one of the nation’s leading news sources, with a special interest in covering national politics. But, once you’ve read up on today’s headlines, you should hop over to the Post’s “On Small Business Section,” which functions somewhat like a business magazine in its own right.
Articles in this section can have a political bent, but they all relate directly to news and legislative implications for small businesses. As you would imagine, the Post’s “On Small Business” articles tend to be heavy-hitting news articles, but this small business magazine-like section features some thought-provoking opinion pieces, too—like a perspective on whether Amazon is good or bad for small business.
10. Mashable: Best for Light Reading
In its early days, Mashable focused almost exclusively on social media, but the site’s shareworthy content quickly expanded its scope—and, now, the site features an exclusive business vertical.
Although Mashable certainly posts news and features that most people will find interesting, millennials remain their target demographic. So, much of their business content is geared toward younger entrepreneurs and offers concrete how-tos on all things starting and running a small business. But if you’re just starting up a new venture or transitioning into entrepreneurship from a previous job, you’ll probably find some useful or inspirational pieces from this business publication, regardless of your age.
And, unlike other small business magazines, Mashable’s content isn’t too heavy or dense. So if you’re looking for something light but compelling to read on the train, between meetings, or before bed, Mashable should be your go-to business publication.
11. Entrepreneur: Best for Brand-New Businesses
If you’re looking to start a small business or grow your already-successful business, Entrepreneur is a great business magazine to crack open. The magazine attracts especially high-profile contributors: Recent cover stars include Jeff Bezos, Venus Williams, Bobby Flay, and Glossier CEO Emily Weiss, who fronted their annual “Young Millionaires” issue. Checking up on the Entrepreneur website is an easy way to stay plugged in to the business world in between your print subscriptions, too.
In both print and online, you’ll find advice on almost every small business issue imaginable, like weathering economic downturns, financing a business, hiring employees, and managing your time efficiently. The website updates several times a day with business- and commerce-related news pieces. Other startup-specific verticals online include “Inspiration,” “How To,” “Franchise,” “Technology,” and, conveniently, “Start a Business.”
If you’re looking for a mix of actionable advice and entertaining stories that relate to your small business or industry, Entrepreneur is one of the best business magazines for you to subscribe to.
12. Business2Community: Best for ‘How-To’ Guides
Regardless of your industry, Business2Community is one of the best “how-to” small business magazines you’ll find. This magazine is great for staying up to date with news in your industry and the tech space, but it’s also a great resource for entrepreneurs who need actionable advice on how best to run their small businesses and manage their staff. Their articles get as industry-specific as the “Best Practices for Running a Digital Fundraising Campaign,” and as general as advice on hiring high-potential employees. So, no matter what kind of small business advice you need, Business2Community should always have some content that can help.
13. Small Business Trends: Best for Established Businesses
Small Business Trends has valuable online and print resources that cover all things small business—making it one of the best small business magazines if you want to stay ahead of your industry’s curve. If you subscribe to their print magazine service, you’ll get a monthly issue that focuses on one specific topic. So, one month you might get an issue related to making sales for your business, and another you might see articles on business travel. All in all, you’ll have access to resources that cover a wide range of topics you deal with every day as a small business owner.
14. Small Business Today: Best for Management Tips
Both a print and online publication, Small Business Today is a catch-all resource for small business owners who need tips on managing their companies efficiently and successfully. Small Business Today also deals with issues related to finding a small business loan. So, if you’re looking to finance your business, you might find some particularly useful advice in this small business magazine.
Small Business Today also has a valuable section that connects small business owners to events in their area. Check out this business magazine’s long list of local events if you’d like to network with other small business owners in your industry.
15. Franchise Times: Best for Franchise Owners
If you’re involved in a franchise business, you should absolutely be reading Franchise Times as one of your small business magazines. As you can probably guess, Franchise Times has articles that are specifically meant for franchisors and franchisees. Use Franchise Times to follow the news on franchising in the United States, learn about other successful franchisees, and take advantage of valuable advice on how to better manage your franchise.
16. Inbound Logistics: Best for Logistics
Whether you’re in trucking or warehousing or materials handling, if your small business is involved in any link in the supply chain, you’re exactly the readership that Inbound Logistics magazine is here for. This business magazine is a one-stop-shop for all things logistics, offering news, tips on successfully running a logistics business (like how to boost warehouse productivity and choose a warehouse managing system), reports on industry trends, and more.
Inbound Logistics is much more than a source of valuable reading material, though. They also provide actionable tools and services, such as bid lists and logistics planners, and an entire drop-down menu for “Finding Solutions” like finding trucking companies, tech companies, and logistics education programs.
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17. Nation’s Restaurant News: Best for Restaurant Owners
True to its name, Nation’s Restaurant News is your go-to source for restaurant news. But restaurateurs will find valuable advice, information, and inspiration on all aspects of the business: The magazine’s website has features on consumer trends, food and beverage trends, operations, marketing, finance, proprietary research and data reports, chef profiles, and, of course, news on menu updates from the country’s biggest restaurants.
18. Modern Healthcare: Best for Health Care Professionals
You’re probably seeing a theme here, but, also true to its name, Modern Healthcare is the absolute best publication for those in the health care industry. This award-winning publication is especially diligent about covering news and policy across all aspects of the health care industry, including providers, insurance, government, finance, and technology, but they also feature robust opinion and research verticals.
Even if you’re not in the health care industry, you may be interested to read about—or nominate someone for—Modern Healthcare’s awards lists, which recognize the best executives, hospitals, and other health care leaders across the country.
19. Women’s Wear Daily: Best for Designers
If your small business is at all fashion-adjacent—or if you’re simply a diehard fashion or beauty nerd—you absolutely need to be reading WWD, either online or in print. This weekly publication, which has been going strong for over a century, has been referred to as “the bible of fashion” (sorry, Vogue) because it functions both as a business magazine and lifestyle publication.
As you would expect from such a praiseworthy nickname, industry leaders trust WWD for its comprehensive coverage of the most important news, trends, shows, and events across the business of fashion. Once you’re caught up on the need-to-know, read their “Eye” vertical for a peek into exclusive industry parties, profiles on upcoming designers and fashion executives, and even celebrity real estate.
20. Success: Best for Small Business Inspiration
Success magazine isn’t specifically tailored to be a business magazine. Instead, it’s aimed toward achieving personal success in life—however you define that term. But Success magazine should still be on your list of business magazines to read. After all, as a small business owner, your personal success is directly related to your business’s success. In their business vertical, though, this 120-plus-year-old publication offers tips for becoming a better manager, balancing your time, setting achievable goals, and encouraging productivity.
The Bottom Line
Technically, not every single aforementioned “small business magazine” is a magazine in the traditional sense (by which we mean “print”), nor are they all geared specifically toward small business. This list has probably widened what you’d consider a business publication, but they’re all among the best of the best resources to turn to when you’re in search of advice, inspiration, or just a productive break in your day.
We know you’re a busy entrepreneur, but it’s worth it to take a few minutes to read an article about your industry or a small business like yours—you never know what valuable piece of business wisdom could be between the covers (or just a few scrolls down) of one of these small business publications.