Finance is one area of running a small business where it’s especially helpful to have expert guidance. In this article, we list and describe top financial blogs. These blogs range broadly in focus and tone, but they all provide valuable, actionable tips for small business owners and entrepreneurs. We have curated this list to give entrepreneurs, and those in general who want a better understanding of finance, a comprehensive source to refer to. See what these top finance blogs picked as their favorite post of the year and learn a little more about their blogs.
The Best Financial Blogs for Small Businesses
Small Business Administration Blog
Primary Editor/Writer: Caron Beesley
Favorite Blog Post: How to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Loan With a Bulletproof P&L Statement: This post is about the steps that one should take to better their chances of receiving an SBA loan or a traditional business loan with a solid profit and loss statement. The article delves a little deeper, touching on good credit and having a solid business plan.
About the Blog: The SBA’s blog is a very valuable resource, certainly for SBA loan applicants but also for small business owners who are looking for other types of business loans. Writer Caron Beesley helps entrepreneurs who are just starting out in their search for business financing as well as more seasoned business owners who are looking for specific details. If you’re considering applying for an SBA loan, then this financial blog is a must-read as it covers the ins and outs of every SBA loan program and how to put together an SBA loan application.
Primary Editor/Writer: Kabbage staff writers.
Favorite Blog Post: Small Business Lending By the Numbers: Infographic: It’s no secret that small business loans have evolved over time. This article provides an infographic breaking down trends and lending options that small businesses are taking advantage of.
About the Blog: Kabbage is an online lender, and as expected, their blog offers a lot of helpful information on applying for a business loan from an alternative lender. Their blog features a lot of infographics, data, and visuals on what traditional lending offers for small business owners versus online lenders such as Kabbage.
Mason Myers blog
Primary Editor/Writer: Mason Myers
Favorite Blog Post: The Mirage and False Hope of an ‘Exit Strategy: This article explores the idea of the pointlessness of an exit strategy. It explores the idea that an exit strategy is merely a prediction and that in the end there is no reason to waste energy in planning one out.
About the Blog: This blog is run by Mason Myers, a partner and co-owner of investment firm Greybull Stewardship. In the blog, Myers writes about small business loans, raising venture capital, and the financial aspects of having a business partner. There are also some excellent articles on business acquisitions for people who considering either selling or buying their business. Myers’ posts, even though the underlying topics are complex, are concise and easy to understand.
Smarter Finance USA Blog
Primary Editor/Writer: Rob Misheloff
Favorite Blog Post: Vendor Financing Programs: 5 Critical Things to Look for in a Partner: Selecting a vendor financing company to work with can be difficult, that’s no secret. This article provides great information on choosing a vendor leasing partner in terms of what to look for and why those attributes are desired.
About the Blog: Smarter Finance’s blog focuses on equipment financing, which is something that both new and established businesses have a need for. Rob Misheloff dives deep and covers how businesses in different industries, such as health and construction, can qualify for equipment financing. There’s even an article about how DJs can get equipment financing for audio and music equipment!
American Express OPEN
Primary Editor/Writer: Multiple Writers
Favorite Blog Post: The 5 Ways to Avoid Being Surprised by Taxes: If you want to avoid the surprise of how much you’ll owe the government when the time comes, then this article is for you. The author starts with a personal account of when they almost filed for bankruptcy. The article then goes into detail on steps to take to be prepared for your taxes.
About the Blog: The American Express OPEN blog is written by a group of financial experts who break down complex topics for small business owners. What we like is that they have a lot of articles that help small business owners be proactive about saving money, such as what to consider before refinancing or expanding your business to a second location. They also have a forum where you can ask questions or post comments about financing or other small business topics, and the writers or other readers can respond.
Money Girl blog
Primary Editor/Writer: Laura Adams
Favorite Blog Post: Are you Making Investing too Complicated? While investing can be both complicated and risky, it doesn’t have to be. Money Girl Laura Adams cuts through the confusion that may be preventing you from investing, making it simple to invest confidently and wisely. Learn why investing only seems complicated and why it’s mandatory, as well as a few types of investments you might choose.
About the Blog: The fun name of this blog was what first caught our attention, but the content on the blog confirmed our choice to include it on this list. Laura Adams covers personal and business finance tips, which are especially helpful to women and to entrepreneurs with home-based, e-commerce, or fledgling small businesses. Adams even has a financial podcast if you prefer to listen to something while driving to work.
Experian Business Information Blog
Primary Editor/Writer: Gary Stockton, Gavin Harding, and Peter Bolin
Favorite Blog Post: New Frontiers: What’s Next for Online Marketplace Lending?: This article ponders what the next step for marketplace lending will be. The article features insight from several professionals in the finance space and their thoughts on the future.
About the Blog: Though Experian is best known for being a consumer and business credit bureau, their financial blog digs a lot deeper. The articles cover how to obtain a small business loan, money saving advice, and surprisingly, a number of articles on alternative lenders and how to get a business loan online. Experian also does small business webinars from time to time, and these are announced on the blog.
Primary Editor/Writer: Lydia Roth and Jared Proctor (Editors); Gerri Detweiler and Lydia Roth (Writers)
Favorite Blog Post: Why Entrepreneurs Need to Know More Than their Credit Score: The title says it all. Lenders will ask you a lot of questions when you are exploring finance options. If you want to be prepared and understand why lenders want you to have information beyond your credit, check this article out.
About the Blog: Nav is focused on helping businesses improve their business credit score, and get streamlined access to affordable financing. However, their blog also includes a variety of actionable advice that can boost the bottom line of small businesses. For example, they have articles of how small businesses can combat fraud and negotiate lower merchant processing fees.
Bond Street Blog
About the Blog: The Bond Street blog features a comprehensive gathering of resources to help you make more informed decisions about growing your small business. Bond Street is an online lender offering term loans, and their blog reflects their expertise through an extensive collection of articles concentrated on small business financing. They also put together an 11-part video series in which CEO David Haber gives an in-depth, step-by-step explanation of the application process.
Business Credit Blogger
Primary Editor/Writer: Marco Carbajo
Favorite Blog Post: Business Loan Vs Line of Credit: What You Need to Know: In this blog, Marco Carbajo helps businesses understand and improve their business credit scores. He also touches on related topics, such as how bad credit borrowers can get funding and how to choose a business credit card.
About the Blog: Business Credit Blogger has been educating small business owners and entrepreneurs about the proper ways to build business credit. The aim of the blog is to teach how to do this without putting personal assets or credit at risk.
Primary Editor/Writer: David Clayton
Favorite Blog Post: Accounts Receivable Financing: The Business Owner’s Guide: This article (which includes an infographic) explains the mechanics behind receivables factoring and invoice factoring. The article also provides a table explaining certain terminology.
About the Blog: BlueVine’s blog has several articles breaking down how invoice factoring works, who is a good candidate, and how to shop for a good receivables financing partner. They also cover more general topics, such as what to look for in a business loan and how to better manage cash flow.
Epsilon Business Credit
Primary Editor/Writer: Chris Young
Favorite Blog Post: Start-Ups: How to Get a Business Credit Card: This article explains how the application process for getting a business credit card. It goes through what you will need and even provides information on personal guarantees if you are unfamiliar with the concept.
About the Blog: Epsilon Business Credit is still a relatively small blog with about a dozen or so articles, but writer Chris Young regularly adds new articles, and what’s already on there is full of actionable tips for small business owners. For example, you can get tips on how to find a small business credit card with no personal guarantee or a step-by-step guide on how to use financial ratios for small business accounting.
Fora Financial Blog
Primary Editor/Writer: Katie Alteri
Favorite Blog Post: 4 myths about working capital (and why they are wrong): This post is about common misconceptions that business owners may have about receiving working capital from a lender. We break down how these myths are incorrect, and give insight into why pursuing a business loan or merchant cash advance can benefit a business’s future.
About the Blog: On the Fora Financial blog, we post about a variety of topics including our working capital, industry-specific content, marketing, technology, company news, and much more. We strive to provide small business owners with the financial insight they need to grow their businesses. By writing about these topics, we’re able to give business owners suggestions on how to improve their business finances.
Primary Editor/Writer: Carrie Gallagher, Editor in Chief
Favorite Blog Post: “How Two Entrepreneurs Built Beekman 1802 Into a Mega Lifestyle Brand After a Double Layoff”: The InCredibly blog features a series of “Bootstrappers” who have built their businesses from nothing – this is just one example of many to keep small business owners inspired to keep moving!
About the Blog: InCredibly helps small businesses understand many different aspects of finance, whether that’s working capital requirements or how to source the correct funding. If you want to explore the subtleties in operating a small business, this blog is for you.
MP Star Financial Blog
Primary Editor/Writer: Multiple Authors
Favorite Blog Post: Is Invoice Factoring Right for You:This article on invoice factoring explains in simple terms how invoice factoring works, when to use it and what are it’s advantages. It also explains important terms that relate to the practice of invoice factoring.
Primary Editor/Writer: Neal Frankle
Favorite Blog Post: What Are The Risks of Do It Yourself Credit Repair?: Fixing your credit by yourself is a good decision for some people. With that said, the process, many times, is more complicated that it looks. There are pitfalls people should be aware of and avoid. This article explains how to do that.
About the Blog: Credit Pilgrim educates consumers about what they can do and what alternatives are available for them when it comes to their credit. Credit scores impact our quality of life in ways most people don’t understand. Credit Pilgrim educates readers how to maximize their credit score and fix bad credit if need be. The blog discusses good credit habits, how to maintain high scores, and effectively mitigate stressful credit situations.
Fuse Financial Partners
Primary Editor/Writer: David Worrell and the members of Fuse Financial Partners
Favorite Blog Post: Shark Tank Exposed: Why ABC’s Shark Investors are Unrealistic and Dangerous: This post is a little bit different. The article analyzes the show Shark Tank and the negative effects it can have on businesses. The example used to illustrate this in the article comes from the Rapid Ramen cooker episode.
About the Blog: David Worrell writes about a variety of financial topics in Fuse’s blog, but his main focus is on helping businesses raise money through loans and venture capital. He writes informative posts on topics that are probably on the minds of many small business owners, such as “Skip the Bank: Where to Find a Business Loan When the Banks Say ‘No’!” We like his personal, conversational tone and the humor he brings to his posts.
Primary Editor/Writer: Neal Frankle
Favorite Blog Post: How Much Should You Take out of Your Retirement Account and When?: You’ve gone through all the heavy lifting to create a retirement nest egg. But what is the best strategy to tap into those savings? What kind of investments best support the maximum income possible? This post answers these questions.
About the Blog: Wealth Pilgrim empowers people to have no money worries no matter what. The blog educates consumers about all facets of their financial life; investing, saving, retirement, spending, taxes, estate planning, college funding, etc. We discuss these topics in plain English so people can understand and arrange their finances in the best possible way.
Primary Editor/Writer: Allegra Gallian
Favorite Blog Post: Ways to Make Buying a Home Affordable: This blog post offers suggestions to veterans who are looking to buy a house but don’t have a lot of extra money to spend. There are plenty of ways to move without breaking the bank.
About the Blog: The Strive Lending blog provides information to veterans who are considering taking advantage of their VA loan program benefits. The VA loan program helps veterans buy a house or refinance a mortgage. Strive Lending is a veteran-owned and operated mortgage lender that offers insights into the VA loan program, how to qualify for a loan, and how to navigate the home-buying process through its blog.
Mixed Up Money
Primary Editor/Writer: Alyssa Fischer
Favorite Blog Post: Why Dedicating 1 Day a Month to Your Finances Is So Rock N’ Roll: Personal finance is rock n’ roll because it is not constant. Personal finance is rock n’ roll because it provides you with a new challenge every 30 days.
About the Blog: Did you know? The average Canadian carries $28,853 worth of debt on their shoulders? That just seems a little too heavy to imagine. Considering I can’t even lift two 50 pound free weights, I doubt I could carry a suitcase full of money I owe. Let’s change your money mindset to knowing that debt is not okay, retirement is important at any age, and you have more options than you think.
Primary Editor/Writer: Matthew Lebo and Megahan Carlson
Favorite Blog Post: Crowdfunding for New Investors -Personal finance is rock n’ roll because it is not constant. Personal finance is rock n’ roll because it provides you with a new challenge every 30 days.
About the Blog: The FlashFunders Blog has a two-fold objective to provide educational guides, industry insights, and early stage venture perspective for investors and entrepreneurs. Our blog aims to educate retail investors about this new asset class they now have access to in the form of early stage startups and small businesses offering equity to the crowd. Additionally, our blog provides entrepreneurs interested in fundraising with tips for approaching investors structuring their deal and raising capital online in a compliant fashion.
Cash Cow Couple
Primary Editor/Writer: Jacob Lumby
Favorite Blog Post: Personal Capital Review- The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: This is a full review of Personal Capital, an organization that exists to help you track and understand your financial accounts. According to this review by Cash Cow Couple, after connecting your various financial accounts, including your mortgage, credit cards, bank accounts, investment accounts, and whatever else you may have, the free service will summarize your situation and offer basic investment guidance.
About the Blog: We teach nearly 100,000 unique monthly readers how to build lasting wealth and secure financial freedom. We try to help our readers improve their lives. We share research-based recommendations about relationships, financial freedom, personal financial planning, and most things money related.
Primary Editor/Writer: Ian Atkins & Priyanka Prakash
Favorite Blog Post: Types of SBA Loans: 6 SBA Loan Programs in Detail :This post describes the 6 primary SBA loan programs in detail. It will help you quickly determine if an SBA loan is right for your business and if so, which SBA loan program best fits your business’s financing needs.
About the Blog: Fit Small Business’s small business finance section is full of great posts that guide you through the small business loan space. If you want to learn about a small business lending topic or concept, Fit Small Business probably has an article explaining it. If you want to find a lender to work with for a certain type of financing, Fit Small Business has probably reviewed the top lenders in the space. Plus, reader’s questions in the comments section and forums always get full, helpful answers from the writers.
Primary Editor/Writer: Priyanka Prakash
Favorite Blog Post: 6 Steps to Getting Semi Truck Financing : This post is 6-step guide to getting financing to purchase a semi truck. From start to finish, the post described what you need to do to get a semi truck loan.
About the Blog: FitBiz Loans has lots of great information for small business owners who are weighing their loan options. The FitBiz Loans blog is full of posts that contain great tips for small business owners, from ways to build your credit score to what truck drivers considering becoming owner operators need to do in order to get a loan for a semi truck. The blog also does a great job introducing less well known lenders that small business owners might not have known of before.